Zambia cracks top 50 in FIFA Rankings

For the first time since February 2001 Cola Men's World Rankings.

The African Cup of Nations had a big impact on the rankings this month with Zambia moving up 28 places to reach 43rd in the rankings, while fellow participants Mali (44th, up 25) and Gabon (45th, up 46) also made considerable leaps up the table.

No team in the top 10 played a game in the past month but there was movement due to the devaluation of matches from previous years.

Germany (2nd, up 1) moved past the Netherlands (3rd, down 1) to take up the spot behind Spain, while Portugal (6th, up 1) and Brazil (7th, down 1) switched spots.

Denmark (10th, up 1) moved into the top 10, bumping Argentina (11th, down 1) out, while Japan (30th, down 11) sustained the biggest fall inside the top 50.

The highest-rated team in the CONCACAF region remains Mexico (21st, no change), with the United States (31st, up 2) edging closer.

The next edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola Men's World Rankings will be released on Wednesday, March 7.