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Belgium stay top as Hong Kong slip and China plummet in latest Fifa rankings

China fall 11 places after their World Cup 2018 qualifying campaign was all but ended by Hong Kong

PUBLISHED : Friday, 05 February, 2016, 12:28pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 06 February, 2016, 10:17am

Belgium have kept the number one spot in the Fifa rankings among an unchanged top 18 for February.

Hong Kong fell one place to number 137 in the world.

China fell 11 places to be ranked number 92 in the world, after their World Cup 2018 qualifying campaign was effectively ended following a draw in Hong Kong, which led to the dismissal of manager Alain Perrin in December.

READ MORE: How Hong Kong delighted home fans with 0-0 draw against China in frantic World Cup qualifier

With no international matches played by the 20 best teams so far this year, Belgium still lead second-placed Argentina and third-placed Spain.

World Cup champions Germany sit at number four, followed by Chile and Brazil in a top 10 dominated by European and South American teams.

The three teams which made the biggest moves since the last rankings all come from Asia: Palestine at No 110 (up 21 spots), Saudi Arabia at No 55 (up 20 spots), and North Korea at No 95 (up 18 spots).

Latest Fifa world rankings (last month’s rankings in parentheses):

1. Belgium (1)

2. Argentina (2)

3. Spain (3)

4. Germany (4)

5. Chile (5)

6. Brazil (6)

7. Portugal (7)

8. Colombia (8)

9. England (9)

10. Austria (10)

11. Uruguay (11)

12. Switzerland (12)

13. Ecuador (13)

14. Netherlands (14)

15. Italy (15)

16. Romania (16)

17. Wales (17)

18. Croatia (18)

19. Hungary (20)

20. Turkey (21)