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Russian football team still in cellar of FIFA ranking despite inching up one rung

March 09, 2017, 15:27 UTC+3 MOSCOW

National teams around the globe are currently in the qualifying stage battling for a place in the 2018 FIFA World Cup

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MOSCOW, March 9. /TASS/. The Russian national football team slightly inched forward for the first time in more than a year in FIFA’s monthly ranking lists, creeping up just one rung in the newly published ratings edition of the world’s governing body of football on Thursday.

Having dropped to its record low 56th position in FIFA rankings three months ago, the Russian national football team plunged five positions further last month to 61st place. Today’s FIFA rating list, however, ranked the Russian football team one spot higher at 60th place.

Last time the Russian national team made up its way in the ranking lists was way back in February 2016, when it climbed one position from 24th place to 23rd. Since that time the national football team has kept plunging in the international ranking, hitting its record-low 61st place in February.

The top ten of the new FIFA ranking list remained unchanged from the previous month with Argentina, Brazil, Germany, Chile, Belgium, France, Colombia, Portugal, Uruguay and Spain still holding on to their places.

"With only four "A" international games considered for the March edition, there are few changes in the latest… World Ranking," FIFA said in its statement on Thursday. "South American heavyweights Argentina and Brazil remain in first and second respectively, and reigning world champions Germany stays third."

The next edition of the FIFA ranking list will be put out on April 6, 2017.

National teams around the globe are currently in the qualifying stage battling for a place in the 2018 FIFA World Cup, while Russia as the host nation has been already guaranteed a berth 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 2018 FIFA World Cup.

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