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Algeria end year on a global high

Algeria celebrate qualification
Getting to the World Cup finals was a huge achievement for Algeria

Algeria have reached their highest ever Fifa world ranking, after securing a place at the World Cup in 2010.

The Desert Foxes needed a play-off against their north African rivals Egypt to make it to South Africa.

They are now at 26th in the global table and 5th in the African rankings, sandwiched between Egypt and Ghana.

Spain remain the world's top rated side ahead of Brazil, whilst Cameroon stay top in Africa, just outside the global top ten.

The Indomitable Lions are 11th in the world rankings, just behind Croatia.

Algeria have had a good year overall, earning as many points as Brazil and soaring 38 places up the table.

Ivory Coast and Nigeria are in second and third place respectively in the African list - 16th and 22nd in the world.

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see also
Algeria delight in 2010 place
03 Dec 09 |  African
Algeria's Yebda on World Cup draw
06 Dec 09 |  African
2010 World Cup
25 Oct 09 |  African

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