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Nigeria Climbs Five Spots In Latest FIFA Ranking

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It is generally expected that UEFA and clubs in Europe may oppose the idea of a new Club World Cup that could threaten the Champions League in terms of global popularity and revenue. To go to the World Cup and introduce this system in the World Cup, I think it is not very clever.

Maldives successfully advanced by three levels and secured the 147th position in the monthly FIFA ranking list released by World Football Federation. Hopes of a unifying tournament for the region were eroded when Qatar's neighbors, including Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, cut diplomatic ties a year ago.

Even amid the escalating tensions, Qatar World Cup organizing committee secretary general Hassan al-Thawadi did not rule out previous year the possibility of sharing matches with neighbors.

The 2022 World Cup will be hosted in Qatar, the first time the tournament will take place in the Middle East.

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They remain positioned at number 15 on the African continent though‚ with the COSAFA Cup on home soil starting in late May their next chance to keep up the steady progression.

SoftBank declined to comment on the report.

Federation Internationale de Football Association has already chose to increase the World Cup from its current 32 teams to 48, starting with the 2026 tournament which will be staged either in Morocco or jointly by the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Blatter also voiced concern at a rule in the World Cup bidding process that could see a bid disqualified by a task force before a vote has been held.

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