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Cyprus shoot up FIFA rankings

Cyprus’ national football team have moved up a whopping 55 places in the FIFA rankings following their massive upset over Bosnia earlier this month.
Pambos Christodoulou’s side had bounced back from an early goal in Zenica with a Demetris Christofi either side of halftime to produce the shock of the Euro 2016 opening night in the qualifying stage. Cyprus will next face Israel in their group which also features Belgium, Wales and Andorra.
Their 2-1 win in Bosnia elevated Cyprus up 55 places in the rankings 85th behind Australia and Gabon.
However, this month’s biggest winners are Guatemala, whose three wins in four matches in the qualifiers for the CONCACAF Gold Cup 2015 have seen the team led by coach Ivan Franco Sopegno leap by 77 places to 57th in the table. The win against World Cup participants Honduras yielded many of those points.
With Iceland (34th, up 12), Congo (48th, up 30) and Antigua and Barbuda (80th, up 69), September saw three teams reaching their highest-ever position since the world ranking was introduced in 1993.
Of the 141 international “A” matches taken into account for this month’s ranking, over half of them (80) were continental qualifiers in Europe, Africa and CONCACAF, the other 61 fixtures being friendlies. This takes the total number of international “A” matches played in 2014 so far to 526.

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