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Romelu Lukaku's play Is instrumental in the Belgium National Teams success in retaining their # 1 ranking -- (Erik Drost - photo)

 

 

 

FIFA TOP 10 - SOS… Belgium Retains Top Spot

 

Morocco, Mali among African climbers - In the first FIFA World Ranking of 2021, a total of 43 full internationals (including one played in December 2020) were taken into account. The standout tournament in recent weeks has been the African Nations Championship (CHAN), where a total of 32 games took place

 

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Thursday, February 18, 2021

In the first FIFA World Ranking of 2021, a total of 43 full internationals (including one played in December 2020) were taken into account. The standout tournament in recent weeks has been the African Nations Championship (CHAN), where a total of 32 games took place. These fixtures as well as the other 11 games played have been classified as friendlies, because only players competing in the national championships of the participating countries are eligible to take part in the CHAN.

In the standings, CHAN winners Morocco (33rd, +2), and runners-up Mali (54th, +3) have made the most progress. Third-placed Guinea (72nd, +1) and quarter-finalists Congo (90th, +1) have also advanced.

Other teams moving in the right direction include Costa Rica (50th,+1), currently back in the Top 50 after an absence of several months, Cape Verde (80th, +1), Oman (81st, +1), Benin (82nd, +1), Azerbaijan (108th, +1), Estonia (108th, +1), Thailand (110th, +1), Guinea-Bissau (119th, +1), Tajikistan (120th, +1) and Guatemala (130th, +1).

Those teams aside, no other country has enhanced its position since December, and the Top 32 places in the standings remain unchanged since the end of 2020. Belgium, France, Brazil, England and Portugal continue to occupy the top spots, with the leading trio of Belgium, France and Brazil only separated by 37 points.

The fight for top spot promises to be an exciting one this year with a string of major tournaments scheduled (Copa America, UEFA EURO and CONCACAF Gold Cup) as well as the resumption of qualifying for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.


Leader Belgium (unchanged)

Moves into top 10 none

Moves out of top 10 none

Matches played in total 43 (one of which in 2020)

Most matches played Cameroon, Guinea, Mali, Morocco (6 matches each)

Biggest move by points Morocco (plus 7 points)

Biggest move by ranks Mali (plus 3 ranks)

Biggest drop by points Uganda (minus 6 points)

Biggest drop by ranks Uganda, Zimbabwe (minus 4 ranks each)

Newly ranked teams none

Teams that are no longer ranked none

Inactive teams, not ranked Cook Islands


FIFA TOP 10

1. Belgium - 1780

2. France - 1755

3. Brazil - 1743

4. England - 1670

5. Portugal - 1662

6. Spain - 1645

7. Argentina - 1642

8. Uruguay - 1639

9. Mexico - 1632

10. Italy - 1625

The Next FIFA TOP 10 release: 8 April 2021

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