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Germany's prolific WORLD CUP goal scorer Thomas Muller will have an opportunity to set WORLD CUP scoring records

 

 

 

FIFA TOP 10 - Poland & Uruguay on the rise in the run-up to WORLD CUP RUSSIA

 

The ranking makes less pleasant reading for Spain (10th, down 2), who have swapped places with the Poles - Germany (1st, unchanged) and Brazil (2nd, unchanged) still lead the way, the Russia-bound duo of Poland (8th, up 2)

 

Zurich, Switzerland

Wednesday, June 06, 2018

The recent flurry of pre-2018 FIFA World Cup Russia friendly matches has left its mark on the latest FIFA World Ranking. While positions are maintained at the very top of the table, where Germany (1st, unchanged) and Brazil (2nd, unchanged) still lead the way, the Russia-bound duo of Poland (8th, up 2) and Uruguay (14th, up 3) have succeeded in making strides within the top 20.

Wales (18th, up 3) have also climbed into that elite group, while further down the ranking El Salvador (72nd, up 13), Azerbaijan (105th, up 21), New Zealand (120th, up 13), Kosovo (141st, up 11) and Papua New Guinea (166th, up 14) have all registered significant gains.

There is also cause to celebrate for Syria (73rd, up 3), Lebanon (79th, up 3), Kosovo (141st, up 11) and Gibraltar (195th, up 1), with all four having ascended to their best-ever positions on the global ladder.

The ranking makes less pleasant reading for Spain (10th, down 2), who have swapped places with the Poles, as well as for Tunisia (21st, down 7) and the Turks and Caicos Islands (206th, down 4), who have slumped to the bottom of the table after joining Anguilla, the Bahamas, Eritrea, Somalia and Tonga on zero points.


THOMAS MULLER's WORLD CUP FEATS

Thomas Müller earned a call-up to the German national team in 2010. At the 2010 World Cup he scored five goals in six appearances as Germany finished in third place. He was named the Best Young Player of the tournament and won the Golden Boot as the tournament's top scorer, with five goals and three assists. At the 2014 World Cup he played a major role in helping the team win the trophy, scoring five goals and receiving the Silver Ball as the tournament's second top player and the Silver Boot as the second top goalscorer, and was also named in the World Cup All Star XI and in the Dream Team. In 2014, Müller was ranked the fifth-best footballer in the world by The Guardian.

Müller has now scored at least five goals in each of his first two World Cups, making him only the third player to do so (after Teófilo Cubillas and teammate Miroslav Klose). With the goal, he has tied Helmut Rahn with 10 World Cup goals. On July 11, 2014, Müller was named on the ten-man shortlist for FIFA's Golden Ball award for the tournament's best player. Having played a major role in the team's World Cup triumph, Müller received the Silver Boot as the tournament's second top goalscorer with five goals, and was also named in the World Cup All Star XI. Euro 2016


Summary

Leader Germany (unchanged)

Moves into top 10 None

Moves out of top 10 None

Matches played in total 74

Most matches played Botswana, Madagascar (4 games each)

Biggest move by points Azerbaijan (up 76 points)

Biggest move by ranks Azerbaijan (up 21 ranks)

Biggest drop by points Tunisia (down 102 points)

Biggest drop by ranks Guyana (down 18 ranks)

Newly ranked teams None

Teams that are no longer ranked None

Inactive teams, not ranked None.


FIFA TOP 10

1. Germany - 1558

2. Brazil - 1431

3. Belgium - 1298

4. Portugal - 1274

5. Argentina - 1241

6. Switzerland - 1199

7. France - 1198

8. Poland - 1183

9. Chile - 1135

10. Spain - 1126

Next FIFA TOP 10 Release 19 July, 2018

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