Nigeria drop to 37th in December Fifa ranking

The Super Eagles drop one place in the latest Fifa ranking released on Thursday morning
Nigeria’s senior national team has dropped one place to 37th in the latest Fifa world ranking released on Thursday morning.

The Super Eagles gathered a total of 710 point to maintain their position as the fourth best team in Africa ahead of Cape Verde who are placed on 698 points to claim the 39th spot in the world and 5th in Africa.

Côte d’Ivoire are ranked first in Africa with 918 points while the Black Stars of Ghana end 2013 as runners-up after gathering 849 points. Algeria are fourth on the log with 800 points.

World and European champions Spain top the final ranking of the year for the sixth time in a row, securing themselves once again the title of Team of the Year.

The highest climbers of 2013, thanks to nine wins, two draws and only one defeat, are Ukraine, who have collected no fewer than 312 points since December 2012, moving up 29 places to 18th and gaining the title of Mover of the Year for the first time.

The results of 30 international matches have been taken into account for the current edition of the ranking. In total in 2013, the results of 918 matches have been taken into account, many of which were friendlies (415) and more than a third of which (347) were qualifying matches for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. 

The next Fifa ranking will be published on 16 January 2014.