FIFA rankings: Macedonia down 3 places in 2019 opening rankings

Despite not losing any points Macedonia went down three places on the first FIFA rankings for 2019. That is because of the recently concluded AFC Asian Cup where many Asian national teams were active and collected points.

It is an inactive period for the Macedonian national team, but because of the Asian championship the Lynx got passed by few teams and went down three places. Macedonia got passed by the host nation of UAE (eliminated in the semifinals), champions Qatar (up 38 places!) and Saudi Arabia (eliminated in the quarter-finals).

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66. Ivory Coast Ivory Coast 1356
67. United Arab Emirates UAE 1355
68. Guinea Guinea 1354
69. alt Algeria 1349
70. Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia 1344
71. Macedonia Macedonia 1343
72. China China 1339
73. El Salvador El Salvador 1327
74. South Africa South Africa 1325
74. Cape Verde Cape Verde 1325
76.  Panama 1324

Top 10 in the FIFA World Rankings for January 2019:

1. Belgium Belgium 1727
2. France France 1726
3. Brazil Brazil 1676
4. Croatia Croatia 1634
5. England England 1631
6. Portugal Portugal 1614
7. Uruguay Uruguay 1609
8. Switzerland Switzerland 1599
9. Spain Spain 1591
10. Denmark Denmark 1589

FIFA Rankings for 2020 EURO qualifying Group G (actual ranking in brackets):

1. (20.) Poland Poland 1518
2. (23.) Austria Austria 1509
3. (63.) Slovenia Slovenia 1369
4. (71.) Macedonia Macedonia 1343
5. (92.) Israel Israel 1265
6. (131.) Latvia Latvia 1112

FIFA Rankings for the Balkan countries (actual ranking in brackets):

1. (4.) Croatia Croatia 1634
2. (25.) Romania Romania 1501
3. (31.) Serbia Serbia 1481
4. (35.) Bosnia-Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina 1472
5. (41.) Turkey Turkey 1443
6. (45.) Greece Greece 1428
7. (46.) Montenegro Montenegro 1427
8. (48.) Bulgaria Bulgaria 1425
9. (61.) Albania Albania 1372
10. (63.) Slovenia Slovenia 1369
11. (71.) Macedonia Macedonia 1343
12. (130.) Kosovo Kosovo 1113

FIFA Rankings for UEFA members (actual ranking in brackets, showing only the mid 21):

26. (44.) Czech Czechia 1435
27. (45.) Greece Greece 1428
28. (46.) Montenegro Montenegro 1427
29. (48.) Bulgaria Bulgaria 1425
29. (48.) Norway Norway 1425
31. (50.) Russia Russia 1424
32. (52.) Hungary Hungary 1412
33. (59.) Finland Finland 1375
34. (61.) Albania Albania 1372
35. (63.) Slovenia Slovenia 1369
36. (71.) Macedonia Macedonia 1343
37. (78). Belarus Belarus 1317
38. (87.) Luxembourg Luxembourg 1276
38. (87.) Cyprus Cyprus 1276
40. (91.) Georgia Georgia 1269
41. (92.) Israel Israel 1265
42. (96.) Estonia Estonia 1246
43. (97.) Faroe Islands Faroe Islands 1238
44. (101.) Armenia Armenia 1222
45. (108.) Azerbaijan Azerbaijan 1206
46. (117.) Kazakhstan Kazakhstan 1159

The next rankings will be published on 4 April 2019.

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