Iran move down in latest FIFA rankings

February 9, 2017

Iran have fallen three places in the latest update to the FIFA rankings, released on Thursday.

Team Melli, who will play two crucial World Cup Qualifiers next month against Qatar and China, have moved down three places to 29.

Iran remain the highest ranked Asian nation, followed by South Korea (39), Japan (52) and Australia (54).

The top five worldwide remain unchanged with Argentina, Brazil, Germany, Chile and Belgium.

Cameroon's victorious Africa Cup of Nations campaign has seen them climb 29 places in the latest FIFA ranking update.

In total, 60 matches counted towards the latest ranking. These included the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (32 games), the 2017 Copa Centroamericana (15 games) and international friendlies (13 games). The aforementioned moves for teams at the African Cup of Nations weren't the only results from a tournament which meant positive ranking results for nations. Honduras (65, plus 10) and El Salvador (114, plus 24) enjoyed substantial gains thanks to their performances at the 2017 Copa Centroamericana held from 13 to 22 January.

The next FIFA World Ranking will be published on 9 March 2017.

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