France up, Germany down and Ethiopia in comfort zone


World Cup champion France reached to its unprecedented top of the FIFA rankings for the first time in 16 years. Former four time champion that dominated the top spot for the past four years Germany plunged down to shocking 15th place. Tunisia and Senegal tops African ranking while Ethiopia enjoying the same spot to last month 155th out of 206 nations.
France beat Croatia 4-2 last month for its second World Cup title, and jumped six places to reclaim the No. 1 spot it last held in May 2002. Belgium, which lost to France in the semifinals, moved up one place to second on the list, published Thursday.
Brazil, beaten by Belgium in the quarterfinals, fell to third while Croatia climbed 16 places to fourth to equal its best ranking from five years ago. World Cup quarterfinalist Uruguay jumped nine spots to fifth and semifinalist England moved to sixth from 12th.Host Russia kicked off the tournament as the lowest-ranked of the 32 teams. But an unexpected run to the quarterfinals, where it lost to Croatia on penalties, pushed it up 21 places to 49th.Previous champion Germany’s surprise elimination from the group stage dropped it from first to 15th.
Tunisia and Senegal lead Africa sharing 24th spot where as DR Congo, Ghana, Morocco and Cameron claiming the top five. With golden boy Mohammed Salah absent for that shocking incident Egypt’s World Cup final campaign turned a nightmare plunging down the Pharaohs twenty level down to 65th in the world 8th in Africa.