Germany jumped over Brazil and Argentina to move back to the top of the FIFA rankings released Wednesday (6 July), thanks to the team winning the Confederations Cup last week.
The world champions beat Chile 1-0 in the Russian city of St Petersburg, a year to the 2018 World Cup, to ensure a first return to the top of the rankings in more than two years.
Brazil fall to second and Argentina third, just ahead of European champions Portugal.
FIFA rankings as of 6 July 2017
Leading African nations
African ranking World ranking Country
1 19 Egypt
2 30 Senegal
3 33 Cameroon
4 35 Burkina Faso
5 40 Nigeria
The FIFA World Ranking is a ranking system for men’s national teams in association football. The teams of the member nations of FIFA are ranked based on their game results with the most successful teams being ranked highest. The rankings were introduced in December 1992, and eight teams (Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain) have held the top position, of which Brazil have spent longest ranked first.
Under the existing system, rankings are based on a team’s performance over the last four years, with more recent results and more significant matches being more heavily weighted to help reflect the current competitive state of a team.