Argentina remain top for November, but have seen their command on the summit weakened by close rivals Brazil. After a good run of form in FIFA World Cup qualifying, A Seleção have surpassed Germany (3, down 1) and closed the distance to their South American neighbours, as the year-end approaches. Chile, meanwhile, climbed into fourth place.

Republic of Ireland (23, up 10) jumped ten places to break into the Top 25 this month after winning three successive World Cup qualifiers.

Slovenia also managed to squeeze into joint 50th place with Nigeria and Burkina Faso after impressive results on the road to Russia.

Biggest movers
Outside the Top 50, five teams made the strongest impact. Israel (54, up 25) secured the biggest moved by points (145), as they continue their push for a World Cup qualification seat in a group that includes Spain and Italy. Armenia’s 3-2 win against Montenegro helped them jump the largest number of places this month (87, up 38), while Namibia (98, up 20), Cyprus (116, up 23), and Tahiti (149, up 23) also made significant strides up the standings.

In addition, three sides reached their highest ever FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking this month: Guinea-Bissau (68, up 1), Curaçao (75, up 2), and Comoros (139, up 4).

The December ranking will be the final ranking for 2016 and will reveal the winners for the Team of the Year (awarded to the team in first place by year’s end) and Mover of the Year (awarded to the team that has won the most points over the course of the year).

The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on 22 December 2016.

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