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FIFA Rankings: Macedonia ends year in 136th place

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FIFA World Rankings logoFIFA World Rankings logoMacedonia moved up only three places after the two November friendlies to close 2015 in 136th place on the FIFA World Rankings.

2015 marks a disastrous year for the national team. There is no other way to put it. All twelve months saw Macedonia finish in triple digits on the World Rankings list, #136 being the final rankings for this calendar year.

Over the last month, two games were taken into consideration for Macedonia, a 4:1 friendly win over Montenegro and a 0:1 friendly loss to Lebanon. A good result followed by a terrible one. The end result was Macedonia gaining 27 points from the last rankings in November, good enough to move them up three spots. There are more national teams ahead of Macedonia than behind.

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131. Swaziland Swaziland 265
132. Tanzania Tanzania 264
133. Thailand Thailand 263
134. Sudan Sudan 259
134. Palestine Palestine 259
136. Macedonia Macedonia 257
137. Hong Kong Hong Kong 252
138. South Sudan South Sudan 246
139. Kuwait Kuwait 239
139. Philippines Philippines 239
139. Lebanon Lebanon 239
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Top 10 in the FIFA World Rankings for December 2015:

1. Belgium Belgium 1494
2. Argentina Argentina 1455
3. Spain Spain 1370
4. Germany Germany 1347
5. Chile Chile 1273
6. Brazil Brazil 1251
7. Portugal Portugal 1219
8. Colombia Colombia 1211
9. England England 1106
10. Austria Austria 1091

FIFA Rankings for the Balkan countries (actual ranking in brackets):

1. (16.) Romania Romania 980
2. (18.) Croatia Croatia 958
3. (21.) Turkey Turkey 933
4. (22.) Bosnia-Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina 898
5. (38.) Albania Albania 746
6. (41.) Greece Greece 706
7. (56.) Serbia Serbia 590
8. (61.) Slovenia Slovenia 565
9. (71.) Bulgaria Bulgaria 494
10. (85.) Montenegro Montenegro 403
11. (136.) Macedonia Macedonia 257

FIFA Rankings for UEFA members (actual ranking in brackets, showing only the bottom 10):

44. (123.) Armenia Armenia 285
45. (126.) Lithuania Lithuania 274
46. (129.) Kazakhstan Kazakhstan 266
47. (136.) Macedonia Macedonia 257
48. (142.) Luxembourg Luxembourg 237
49. (155.) Moldova Moldova 172
50. (162.) Malta Malta 143
51. (164.) Liechtenstein Liechtenstein 135
52. (198.) San Marino San Marino 28
53. (201.) Andorra Andorra 6

FIFA Rankings for members of Group G in 2018 World Cup qualifying (actual ranking in brackets):

1. (3.) Spain Spain 1370
2. (15.) Italy Italy 991
3. (38.) Albania Albania 746
4. (69.) Israel Israel 498
5. (136.) Macedonia Macedonia 257
6. (164.) Liechtenstein Liechtenstein 135

The next rankings will be published on 7th January 2016.

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