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GENEVA, October 20. /TASS/. The Russian national football team dropped from its previous 38th position to the 53rd in the new FIFA monthly ranking list of national teams published on Thursday.
This is the lowest place Russia ever held in FIFA’s ranking lists throughout its football history. The team’s previous worst ranking was registered in December of 1998, when Russia was rated in the 40th place.
"There have been notable two-figure demotions for Russia (53rd, down 15) - taking them out of the top 50...," a statement from FIFA said commenting on the newly published ranking list.
The top ten of the new FIFA ranking list comprises Argentina, Germany, Brazil, Belgium, Colombia, Chile, France, Portugal, Uruguay and Spain. The next FIFA ranking list will be issued on November 24.
The national teams around the globe are currently in the qualifying stage battling for the place in the 2018 FIFA World Cup, while Russia as the host nation has been already guaranteed the birth in the world’s main quadrennial football event.
Therefore, the Russian national team is playing friendly football matches in the run-up to the much anticipated FIFA World Cup and the game against Costa Rica two weeks ago was its third friendly encounter over the past two months.
Besides October 9 match, Russia is also scheduled to play two more friendly games before December, which are against Qatar on November 10 in Doha and Romania on November 15 in Chechnya’s Grozny.
The Russia football squad played two friendly matches in early September - against Turkey (0-0) and then versus Ghana (1-0).