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Vanuatu jumped up by 28 places in FIFA World Rankings after Pacific Games success

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Vanuatu Men’s senior football team has jumped up by 28 places to 157th in the latest Coca Cola FIFA Rankings released on Thursday in Zurich, Switzerland.

Thanks to five official matches played lately, Vanuatu managed to achieve the biggest move by ranks in the latest FIFA Rankings. Despite this impressive result, Vanuatu national team, among the Pacific countries, is still lower in world ranking than New Zealand (121st), Solomon Islands (151st), Tahiti (152nd) and New Caledonia (154th), but higher than Papua New Guinea (160th), Timor-Leste (191st) and Samoa (194th).

There were no changes to the top 10 in FIFA’s latest standings, with 2014 World Cup champions Germany retaining top spot.

Tite’s Brazil remain in second place ahead of 2016 European Championship winners Portugal, while Lionel Messi’s Argentina are still at fourth.

Belgium, who many fans are tipping to perform well at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, are fifth on the rankings list, while Spain, who have not won a major trophy since the 2012 Euros, follow in sixth place.

In seventh position is Switzerland, also unchanged, while Didier Deschamps’ France are ninth, followed by Chile in 10th place.

The highest ranked African team in the latest rankings is Senegal, who in November ended South Africa’s hopes of qualifying for the World Cup next year.