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Giants climb as Belgium stretch their lead

(FIFA.com)
Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal and his team celebrate the final whistle victory and winning the UEFA Nations League Final between Portugal and the Netherlands.
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Several of the biggest names in international football have made significant gains in the latest edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking. 

While Belgium (1st, unchanged) continue at the top, increasing their advantage over France (2nd, unchanged) following UEFA EURO qualifying wins over Kazakhstan and Scotland, there was plenty of movement elsewhere in the top 20. Portugal (5th, up 2), for example, moved into the top five on the back of their UEFA Nations League triumph, while the Netherlands (14th, up 2) edged upwards after reaching the final of the same competition.

A trio of former world champions are also on the rise. Spain (7th, up 2), Germany (11th, up 2) and Italy (14th, up 3) all ascended the global ladder on the back of positive results in the EURO qualifiers.

There were plenty of success stories elsewhere, too, with the likes of Austria (26th, up 8), Northern Ireland (28th, up 5), Czech Republic (41st, up 7), Hungary (42nd, up 9), Armenia (97th, up 9) and Malaysia (159, up 9) racing up the Ranking. There was also reason to celebrate for Senegal (22nd, up 1) and Kosovo (121st, up 6), both of whom reached their highest position to date.

The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on 25 July 2019.

Leader Belgium (unchanged)
Moves into top 10 None
Moved out of top 10 None
Matches played in total 139
Most matches played Malawi (6 matches)
Biggest move by points Kosovo (plus 25 points)
Biggest move by ranks Armenia, Hungary, Malaysia (up 9 ranks each)
Biggest drop by points Bulgaria (minus 31 points)
Biggest drop by ranks Greece (down 9 ranks)
Newly ranked teams None
Teams that are no longer ranked None
Inactive teams, not ranked None