FIFA rankings: Macedonia drops 5 places

The back-to-back home defeats in the 2020 EURO qualifiers sent Macedonia five places backwards at the newest FIFA World ranking list.

None expected, but it happened. Macedonia after a long time recorded two defeats in a row and that resulted in a fall at the FIFA rankings. The 1:0 defeat by Poland followed by the 4:1 trashing by Austria, both in Skopje, moved Macedonia down 5 places as we now shared the 73rd place together with China who moved up one spot.

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Since now follows an inactive period for Macedonia, we can expect another drop at the end on July as some African national teams are playing friendlies while Copa America and the Gold Cup will take place this period in the Americas.

Our next matches are in September when we have two road qualifying games against Latvia and Israel.


69. El Salvador El Salvador 1342
69. Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia 1342
71. Guinea Guinea 1336
72. South Africa South Africa 1335
73. China 1333
73. Macedonia Macedonia 1333
75. Panama 1322
76. Cape Verde 1319
77. Iraq 1315
78. Canada 1314
79. Curaçao 1302

Top 10 in the FIFA World Rankings for June 2019:

1. Belgium Belgium 1746
2. France France 1718
3. Brazil Brazil 1681
4. England England 1652
5. Portugal Portugal 1631
6. Croatia Croatia 1625
7. Spain Spain 1617
8. Uruguay Uruguay 1615
9. Switzerland Switzerland 1605
10. Denmark Denmark 1589

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

1. (19.) Poland Poland 1550
2. (26.) Austria Austria 1498
3. (65.) Slovenia Slovenia 1363
4. (73.) Macedonia Macedonia 1333
5. (82.) Israel Israel 1286
6. (137.) Latvia Latvia 1086

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

Within our Balkan peninsula, Macedonia stays second-to-last. The Lynx along with Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria and Greece managed to lose both qualifying matches, while best performers were Kosovo and Romania with a win and a draw. None managed to record back-to-back victories. The most notable result is the one of Turkey when they beat World Cup champions France. Despite that, Balkan teams were best overall in some categories. Kosovo won the most points (25), Bulgaria lost the most points (31), while Greece dropped the most places (9).

1. (6.) Croatia Croatia 1625
2. (27.) Romania Romania 1497
3. (34.) Serbia Serbia 1477
4. (37.) Turkey Turkey 1467
5. (39.) Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina 1453
6. (52.) Greece Greece 1403
7. (53.) Montenegro Montenegro 1401
8. (57.) Bulgaria Bulgaria 1388
9. (65.) Slovenia Slovenia 1363
10. (66.) Albania Albania 1362
11. (73.) Macedonia Macedonia 1333
12. (121.) Kosovo Kosovo 1149

The next rankings will be published on 25 July 2019.

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