The last months saw only minor changes in the official FIFA world rankings as Hungary still remained in the top 20 thanks to a successful Euro 2016 campaign back in June. The Hungarian national team, however, has slipped back one place from the 19th position due to the progress of Costa Rica and a goalless draw against 111st-placed Faroe Islands in September.
FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifiers top rivals Portugal remained at the prestigious seventh place, while Switzerland occupies the remarkable 16th position. Minor qualifying rivals Latvia and Andorra are ranked 95th and 203rd respectively. According to FIFA, currently Argentina is the best football team in the world, leading ahead of Belgium and Germany.
Meanwhile Slovenian FA head Aleksander Ceferin has been appointed UEFA’s new president at an extraordinary congress in Athens, Greece. Hungary voted for Ceferin, who triumphed by a margin of 42 votes to 13 over Holland’s Michael van Praag. “Happily, Aleksander Ceferin, a wholly suitable leader who can open a new period in this organisation’s life, has moved to the front of UEFA”, said Sándor Csányi, President of the Hungarian Football Association (MLSZ).
“Our expectation is that with his work he will create a maintainable balance and unity with the involvement of European football’s participants and bearing in mind the interests of the member countries”, Csányi said. “It is important that Hungary, before anything else and as a representative of the smaller countries, brings to the forefront the question of the cases of support of young talent and women’s football”, he added.
via fifa.com and mlsz.hu photo: Gábor Baricsa – MLSZ