South Africa climb in Fifa rankings

South Africa climb in Fifa rankings

Posted: 14 July 2010 Time: 10:51 am

South Africa have climbed to number 66 in the latest Fifa World Rankings, their highest position in three years.

Bafana Bafana's good showing at the 2010 World Cup, where they beat France, at the time ranked ninth in the world, and drew with Mexico, who were in 17th, has seen them move into the Top 70.

They are also now ranked 12th in Africa, a climb of five places, and a platform from which they can now push for a place in the Top 10.

South Africa were not the biggest movers amongst the African teams though. Botswana's excellent 1-0 win in Tunisia, followed by a 1-0 home success over Chad in their 2012 Nations Cup qualifiers saw them jump a massive 23 places in the rankings to number 93.

But the biggest movers of all were New Zealand, the one of the 32 teams at the 2010 World Cup to go through the tournament unbeaten. They jumped 24 places to number 54 following their draws with Slovenia, Italy and Paraguay.

World champions Spain have overtaken Brazil at the top of the rankings, with the Netherlands moving into second place, relegating the South Americans to third.

Germany are fourth, followed by Argentina, while Uruguay have leapt 10 places to sixth. Surprisingly, England move up one place to seven despite their dismal World Cup showing, while Portugal fall five places to eighth.

Egypt move up to ninth, their highest ever ranking, despite not playing this month, while Chile round out the top 10. France were the big fallers out of the Top 10, dropping to number 21 after their dismal showing in South Africa.

In the CAF Rankings, Egypt head the way, followed by Ghana, Cote d'Ivoire, Nigeria and Algeria. Cameroon are the big losers, dropping from second to seventh.

Article by: Mzansi Football

Previous comments on this story...

Anonymous
posted: 11:04 am
go bafana go.....pitso we want this team to reach top 20 b4 2014....we nolonger going down,we go up,yu cn even use zccplartform frm thomas madigage its fine as long as we can get there
Anonymous
posted: 11:07 am
Wel dn bb dats a gud position & i hope u'l do mch better in da future.
Bin Laden
posted: 11:09 am
Tshapa Bafana bafana Tshapa...Proudly yellow man,Yellowlicoius
Anonymous
posted: 11:12 am
why should GHANA BE PLACED AT 23rd in the world?
Soccer Critic (size13)
posted: 11:18 am
eish 66 mara... but atleast we are doing something positive!!! eish 66 ngempela not even 49? if we are 66 than what about Trinidad and Tobago and Guetamala????????

ay angboni kahle
Soccer Critic (size13)
posted: 11:19 am
pet : 2010-07-14 11:12 [ Report ]

its because they are purely better than us(afrique de sud)!!!

eish lithini leli mpondo vele???
Bin Laden
posted: 11:21 am
Pitso must begin with the preparations as well.we 1st start by couqering southern africa,go on to africa then the world by 2014. YES we can

Skepe Mketule
posted: 11:26 am
voetsek these goats deserve 150 they embarrased us
Anonymous
posted: 11:27 am
This FIFA rankings are deceptive.
Sweyts',)
posted: 11:41 am
Good to see we are on the way up, it shows progress after sliding down the pecking order under Santana.

We would have gone a bit higher had we played and defeated more reputable opposition during our WC preparations, instead of the no name teams we managed to beat.

2014 starts here and right now! Phez'kwabo!

Once a Chiefs fan always a Fool
posted: 11:48 am
At least we are improving. Let's push to inside 20 places in fifa and inside 3 in caf rankings.
Wonder
posted: 11:49 am
Well done boys, now we need only to improve.....!!!!!!
Back - To - Back Trebble Champ Mopheme
posted: 11:54 am
South Africa must go to number 1 in Africa and not be anything less than that.
Back - To - Back Trebble Champ Mopheme
posted: 11:57 am
Cameroon deserved to drop to seventh place, they simply played mosono feela.
Anonymous
posted: 12:08 pm
ranking 1 million or 66 in the world does not change the fact we r second best if not 3rd in world soccer, it does not change the fact that we were eliminated in the 1sst round on home soil, sies maan we r gettin pathethic by the day were we just celebrate mediocrity as if we r bunch of retards, go on celebrate failure as normal
Anonymous
posted: 12:08 pm
ranking 1 million or 66 in the world does not change the fact we r second best if not 3rd in world soccer, it does not change the fact that we were eliminated in the 1sst round on home soil, sies maan we r gettin pathethic by the day were we just celebrate mediocrity as if we r bunch of retards, go on celebrate failure as normal
Anonymous
posted: 12:09 pm
Have u noticed that Egypt is in the FIFA top 10 ranking at no. 10. This should tell us something about either the Fifa ranking or Egypts football discipline and might.
Tis is some small improvement for Bafana but i think Fifa or someone should explain how they award points for rankings.
MrSelbi
posted: 12:21 pm
There is only 1 way...it up. No more sliding down or hell will break loose.
Anonymous
posted: 12:21 pm
i think the now the whole of south africa must blow their vuvuzelas and celebrate that crap, it will take another 50 years before the world can take south africa seriously in soccer, we r bunch of jokes who celebrates anything,even death, we just celebrate
Anonymous
posted: 12:35 pm
SA fans are actually celebrating being 66th!their highest ranking for 3yrs!hahaahaha sorry guys i dont mean to be rude laughing but to be honest going by this info bafana is not a team to be reckoned with in africa never mind in the world! Also how did england move up 1 place by winning 1 game out of 4 in the world cup??
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