Bulgaria Climbs to 69th Place in FIFA Ranking

Sports | April 7, 2016, Thursday // 12:46|  views

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The Bulgarian men’s national football team climbed one position to occupy the 69th place in the latest monthly FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking released on Thursday.

With a total of 508 points, Bulgaria is between the teams of United Arab Emirates and South Africa.

Argentina ousted Belgium from the top of the ranking, while the reigning South American champion Chile climbed to third position, followed by Colombia.

The reigning world champion Germany dropped to fifth place, followed by the reigning European champion Spain. Brazil, Portugal, Uruguay and England complete the top ten.

A total of six teams are at the bottom of the ranking with no single point – Anguilla, Bahamas, Djibouti, Eritrea, Somalia and Tonga.

The best mover in the ranking is the team of Guinea-Bissau which climbed the impressive 45 positions to occupy the 102nd place. The worst mover is Aruba which dropped 24 spots to 137th place.

In March, Bulgaria recorded two victories in friendly matches away from home. First, Bulgaria defeated Portugal 1:0 in Leiria and several days later it won 2:0 against Macedonia in Skopje.

Having failed to qualify for the forthcoming European Championship, instead of travelling to France in June, Bulgaria will go to the Far East for participation in the Kirin Cup together with the hosts Japan, Denmark and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

These matches will serve as vital preparation for the 2018 World Cup qualifiers which begin in September.

Bulgaria was drawn in one of the toughest qualification groups together with the teams of the Netherlands, France, Sweden, Belarus and Luxembourg.

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Tags: Bulgaria, football, FIFA, ranking, Kirin Cup, european championship, 2018 World Cup


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