Netherlands end 2016 22nd in Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings

  • Netherlands end 2016 22nd in Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings

Netherlands end 2016 22nd in Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings

While Argentina continued to remain at the top of the Federation Internationale de Football Association world rankings, which were updated yesterday, Singapore dropped three places to joint 165th.

Argentina, who failed to win their regional championship (the Copa America played in the US) won ten of their 15 games in 2016, losing three times and drawing twice.

Euro 2016 finalists France, who have gained the most ranking points since December 2015, remain seventh ahead of European champions Portugal, while Uruguay and Spain complete the unchanged top 10.

Poland's national football team has maintained 15th place - its highest ever - in a new FIFA ranking published on Thursday. Add to that the fact that Argentina won just one of its last five World Cup qualifiers, it's hard to make the case that the team is the best in South America, let alone the world.

Despite booking a place at the 2017 Cup of Nations in Gabon and tasting no defeat in the process, the Black stars also ended the year 2016 with no win in as many as six games leaving them in ninth place on the continent.

African side Guinea-Bissau made the biggest jump in 2016, moving up 78 spots since past year and now sit in 68th spot - just eight behind Bafana Bafana, who remained unchanged in 60th position. Argentina end the year on top with Brazil second and Germany third. Asia now has four teams in the top 50 (up 3), at the expense of Europe (28, down 1), Africa (7, down 1), and CONCACAF (3, down 1).

So, here is how I would rank the top 10 teams in the world.