FIFA World Ranking: Nigeria end 2020 calendar year as 5th best team in Africa

The Nigeria senior national team, also known as the Super Eagles, finished the 2020 calendar year as the 35th best country in the world and 5th best team in Africa.

The three-time African champions remain impassive in the latest FIFA ranking published by the governing body of world football on Thursday, December 10, 2020

Gernot Rohr’s Super Eagles collected a total of 1,474 points to remain the fifth best team on the continent behind Senegal, Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco.

Nigeria have only played four matches this year. The first match ended in a 1-0 defeat to Algeria in an international friendly. Before a 1-1 draw against Tunisia in another international warm-up match held at the Jacques Lemans Arena, Austria.

Nigeria’s African Cup of Nations qualifier against Sierra Leone ended 4-4 and 0-0 respectively.

Senegal is ranked first on the continent and 20th in the world with 1558 points.

Belgium have won the Team of the Year award for the third year in a row after winning six of their eight matches played in 2020.

After Belgium, it is France (2nd), Brazil (3rd) and England (4th) – which keep their respective rankings.

The only change in the top five from 2019 is the appearance of Portugal in fifth place.

The team with the most progress in 2020 was Hungary (40th), after gaining 44 points and 12 places allowing them to finish the year in the top 50.

In eight matches played in 2020, the Magyars have lost only once (against Russia), a streak of results that allowed them to secure a place at UEFA Euro 2020.

Other notable climbers include Ecuador (56th, + 41 points compared to December 2019), Malta (176th, + 32 points), Brazil (3rd, + 31 points) and Equatorial Guinea (134th, + 31 points ). Burundi (138th), meanwhile, collected 29 points and made the most significant movement in terms of places, going up 13 places.

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