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Black Stars stay put at 50th in August FIFA ranking

The senior national team (Black Stars) remained rooted to 50th place in the latest FIFA ranking released on Thursday for the month of August.

The Stars also kept their place at the ninth best team on the African continent. Egypt is Africa’s highest ranked team in the world despite slipping down one place to 25th position in the overall ranking.

Brazil have returned to the top of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking after a one-month hiatus, replacing reigning FIFA World Cup™ champions Germany (2nd, down 1), who slipped back into second spot.

Argentina remains in third but the heavyweight trio is accompanied in the top five by two sides reaching unusually heady heights. Switzerland (4th, up 1) have reached their highest position since the very first month of the World Ranking (they were third in August 1993), while Poland (5th, up 1) are at an all-time high. Neither has dropped in the standings for 11 months.

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Portugal (6th, down 2) make way for the pair, while Belgium (9th, up 1) are the only other climber within the top ten.

The CONCACAF Gold Cup was responsible for some major movement further down the table, with defeated finalists Jamaica (57th, up 19) accruing the most points over the month. Meanwhile, champions USA (26th, up 9), Costa Rica (21st, up 5) and Mexico (14th, up 2) all moved up the standings.

A special mention also goes to Namibia (136th, up 20), who were the month’s biggest climbers.

The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on 14 September 2017.