There are two teams atop the latest FIFA World Rankings which were released on Thursday.
Sorry, France. Even though you won the 2018 World Cup, you’re no longer the outright best team on the planet. Go figure…
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Belgium have moved up one spot to join France as the No.1 team on the planet, with Roberto Martinez’s side finishing third in the World Cup over the summer as they lost to France at the semifinals stage. Belgium won both of their games in September, beating Iceland 3-0 in the UEFA Nations League and hammering Scotland 4-0 in a friendly.
It is the first time in the 25 year history of FIFA’s rankings that the top spot has been shared, with both Belgium and France having 1,729 points.
Elsewhere, Germany moved up three places to 12th as they recovered from their poor World Cup campaign by drawing with France and beating Peru in their September games. Mexico move up one place to 15th in the rankings, while Italy have moved up one spot to 20th.
The U.S. men’s national team remain in 22nd spot under interim boss Dave Sarachan, while the biggest movers inside the top 30 are Ukraine, as they’ve moved up six places to sit in 29th. Some of the big fallers are Iceland (down four places to 36) and Costa Rica (down five places to 37th).
Below is a look at the top 20 teams on the planet based on FIFA’s rankings.
The latest batch of FIFA world rankings were released on Thursday and the U.S. men’s national team are on the move.
Following their 1-0 win over Paraguay in an international friendly last month interim boss Dave Sarachan sees the USMNT move up one place to 24th in the world after three games unbeaten since they lost to Trinidad & Tobago in October to be knocked out of the 2018 World Cup.
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Reigning World Cup champs Germany remain in top spot despite losing in a friendly to second-place Brazil last month, while Belgium move up two places to third in the world. To complete the top five both Portugal and Argentina move down a place to sit in fourth and fifth respectively.
To round out the top 10 Switzerland and France both move up two places to sixth and seventh respectively, while Spain move down two places to eighth, Chile is up one spot to ninth and Poland drops four places to 10th.
Mexico remains the highest-ranked CONCACAF nation in 16th, while England moves up three places to 13th.
Below is a look at the top 20 in the rankings.
FIFA’s latest world rankings have been released with the U.S. national team rising one place to 27th despite their embarrassing exit in 2018 World Cup qualifying.
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With points ranked on results over the past four-year cycle, the U.S. have actually moved up in the rankings. That will be scant consolation as the USMNT watch on next summer as the World Cup goes on in Russia.
The top six teams remain unchanged in the rankings with Germany, Brazil, Portugal, Argentina, Belgium and Poland the top six in descending order. France and Spain rose one and three places respectively to sit in seventh and eighth, while Chile (another team who failed to qualify for the World Cup) remain ninth and Peru move up two places into 10th.
In the CONCACAF region Mexico have dropped two places to 16th, while Costa Rica is down one place to 22nd and Panama (who qualified for its first ever World Cup) move up 11 places to 49th.
Below is the top 20 in full.
There’s a new sheriff in town when it comes to FIFA’s World Rankings.
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Germany has moved into the top spot following their 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup title on Sunday, while South American power Brazil has dropped to second place.
Among the big movers inside the top 10 are Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal, Switzerland and Poland — who all leapt up four places, respectively. Meanwhile, Confed Cup runners’ up Chile managed to fall three spots to seventh.
Sweden completed the biggest jump inside the top 50 after gaining 16 positions and taking hold of 18th.
In CONCACAF, Mexico remains the top nation from North and Central America, with El Tri sitting 16th. Costa Rica and the U.S. men’s national team are the next-highest ranked teams from the region at 26 and 35, respectively.
Bruce Arena’s side dropped 12 spots in the latest installment of the rankings despite a run of four matches unbeaten in June/July, which recently culminated with the USMNT’s 2-1 win over Ghana.
The United States Men’s National Team retained 13th place in the most recent FIFA world rankings, released earlier today.
The victories over Jamaica and Panama were not enough to propel the Yanks farther up the rankings. The failure to crack the Top 7 means the USMNT did not receive a World Cup seed.
The honor of being a top seed in next summer’s tournament went to the Top 7 in the world – Spain, Germany, Argentina, Columbia, Belgium, Uruguay and Switzerland – plus hosts Brazil. If Uruguay fail to qualify for the World Cup in their intercontinental playoff with Jordan next month, the Netherlands will be bumped up to a seeded team.
The Americans’ immobility despite the two wins was due to a strong showing from the world’s top teams (with the exception of Italy) and countries like Switzerland and Chile earning big wins to leap-frog the Yanks. With wins over Albania and Slovenia, Switzerland shot up seven places to #7 while Chile advanced four places to #12 with their victory over Ecuador and the draw with Columbia.
Elsewhere in the world England moved up to #10 following their wins over Poland and Montenegro, Croatia dropped eight places to #18 with their losses to Scotland and Belgium, France rose four spots to #20 after victories over Finland and Australia while Serbia rose 15 spots to #28 following their wins over Macedonia and Japan.
Twenty teams have now qualified for the World Cup in addition to hosts Brazil: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, England, Germany, Honduras, Iran, Italy, Japan, Korea Republic, the Netherlands, Russia, Spain, Switzerland and USA.
The next FIFA world ranking is set to be published after completion of World Cup qualifying on November 28th.