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Malta falls further in FIFA World rankings, worst place ever in history

Thursday, 24 November 2016, 11:17 Last update: about 9 years ago

The recent spate of bad results have pushed Malta further downwards in the FIFA world rankings, as the country has fallen four more places in the list published today.

Malta fell from 178th place to 182nd place in the comprehensive list comprising 211 countries.

It is the worst placing ever for Malta.

Only Gibraltar, San Marino, Andorra and Liechtenstein have a worse placing than Malta among European countries.

Malta has lost all four matches in the qualifying round for the 2018 World Cup.

Malta’s best ever placing was the 66th position it held twice in 1994 and 1995. At the time, Malta was also coached by Pietro Ghedin.

Brazil has risen to No. 2 in the FIFA rankings behind Argentina, with South American teams taking three of the top four spots.

Argentina lead despite a 3-0 loss to Brazil in a World Cup qualifying match this month. It also has not won a major title in the four-year cycle of results that decide the rankings.

World Cup champions Germany dropped one spot to third place, while Copa America champion Chile climbed two to No. 4.

Costa Rica, up to No. 17, swapped with 18th-place Mexico. The United States dropped four to 28th after losing to both.

Iran leads Asian teams at No. 30, falling three places, while Senegal is Africa's top-ranked team at No. 33.

Italy dropped three places to 16th while England lost one place and is now 13th.


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