After 36 years, Argentina won the FIFA World Cup as winners, but Brazil will remain at the top of the FIFA rankings. Argentina won the World Cup for the first time since 1986 after defeating France in the Qatar World Cup, but Argentina did not reach the top spot in the FIFA world rankings. In February 2022, Brazil overtook Belgium for first place in the FIFA rankings. Argentina’s World Cup victory was not enough to overtake Brazil in the FIFA rankings, who were eliminated in the quarter-finals at the Qatar World Cup. Brazil won three matches in the World Cup. Although they lost to Cameroon in the group stage, they went to the quarter-finals. However, in the quarter-finals, they lost to Croatia on penalties and were eliminated from the World Cup. After losing their first game against Saudi Arabia, Argentina went on to win four games. Argentina won the World Cup by defeating France 4-2 on penalties in the final match.
Argentina won the Copa America title in 2021. They are the current world champions. Despite winning the World Cup, Argentina suffered a ranking setback due to the relatively low ranking points for penalties wins. If Argentina had beaten France in regulation time or extra time in the World Cup final, Argentina would have won first place.
In the FIFA ranking, Argentina and France have improved by one position and reached second and third place respectively. Meanwhile, Belgium dropped two places to fourth after failing to progress beyond the group stage. England remains in fifth place. The Netherlands rose two places to sixth place. Croatia, who finished third at the World Cup, moved five places from 12th in the FIFA rankings to seventh and entered the top ten. Italy, who failed to qualify for the World Cup, fell two places to eighth place. Portugal remains in ninth place. Spain dropped three places to 10th.
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Morocco and Australia have improved the ranking significantly. Both rose 11 places. After finishing fourth in the World Cup, Morocco became the first African country to reach 11th place in the FIFA rankings. Australia finished 16th in the World Cup and moved to 27th in the FIFA rankings. This is not Morocco’s highest ranking ever. In 1998, they were placed 10th. But in 2015, it slipped to position 92. Cameroon also moved up 10 places to 33rd with the victory over Brazil. Cameroon also became the first African country to win against Brazil.
The United States, who topped the CONCACAF rankings, rose three places to 13th in the FIFA rankings. Mexico dropped two places to fifteenth place. Canada and Qatar dropped 12 places to 53rd and 62nd respectively. Wales fell nine places to 28th. Denmark dropped eight places to 18th and Serbia dropped eight places to 29th. The new FIFA world rankings will be officially announced on Thursday.
New FIFA Top 20 Ranking:
6. The Netherlands
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