France-Belgium Become Joint Leaders in FIFA Rankings
France and Belgium have made history, as both the countries have become first-ever joint ranked leaders in FIFA rankings.
France and Belgium make history.
According to the latest published rankings, France and Belgium are levels on points, which is 1,729. Both teams had a FIFA World Cup in Russia to remember. France were the eventual winners after beating Croatia in the finals, while Belgium was amongst the semifinalists.
However, Belgium’s dream broke at the hands of France, as they defeated the Red Devils 1-0 in the semi-final in Russia. After the World Cup, France picked up a draw and win against Germany and Netherlands, respectively in the UEFA Nations League. While, Belgium have beaten Scotland 4-0 and Iceland, though it was a friendly.
Meanwhile, Brazil remains third on the rankings list. However, World Cup runners-up, Croatia are second and the only nation inside the top ten to make a move over the past month in the rankings is Denmark. They dropped one place from ninth. Semi-finalist England along with Uruguay, Switzerland, and Spain make up the rest of the top ten.
While Argentina, who had a disappointing run in the World Cup is ranked 11th. They are also still in a mess as their star player Lionel Messi has decided not to feature for the national team until further announcement. So far, Messi-less Argentina had played two matches after the World Cup where they beat Guatemala and drew with Colombia in the friendlies.
Germany, who got eliminated in the group stages moved up three places to 12th following their friendly victory over Peru. However, the next FIFA rankings will get published on 25th October.
Saif Ahmed Chowdhury
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