Five-time world champions Brazil remains at the top of the FIFA world rankings


Argentina, which defeated France after 36 years and became the world champion, will not be at the top when FIFA announces the November world rankings next Thursday, according to ESPN.

Brazil has remained at world No. 1 since overtaking Belgium in February.

Brazil won three matches in the recently concluded World Cup but suffered an unexpected defeat against Cameroon in the last match of the group stage.

After beating South Korea in the last 16, Brazil lost to Croatia in a penalty shootout in the quarterfinals.

The world champion Argentina won four matches in the World Cup. Argentina lost to Saudi Arabia and won two games (the quarterfinal and final) in a penalty shootout.

Winning the 2021 Copa America was not enough for Argentina, the world champions, to reach the top of the world rankings.

Since the match was decided on a penalty shootout, the matches won are also considered draws.

Argentinian fans cheer before the the World Cup final soccer match between Argentina and France at the Lusail Stadium in Lusail, Qatar, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2022. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

Had Argentina or France won the final within 120 minutes, they would have moved up to number one. But the penalty shootout decision benefited Brazil.

In this month’s ranking, both Argentina and France will move up one spot to second and third place, respectively. Second-placed Belgium will drop two places to fourth after being eliminated from the group stage.

While England remains in the fifth place, the Netherlands, which has reached the quarterfinals, will move up two places and reach the sixth place.

Croatia, who finished third in the World Cup, will move up five places, from 12th to seventh.

Italy, which failed to qualify for the Qatar World Cup, will drop two places to eighth. Portugal remains in ninth place, while Spain, which was eliminated from the group stage, will drop three places to 10th.

Morocco and Australia are going to improve themselves a lot. Morocco, who were fourth in the World Cup, will move up to 11th place.

Similarly, Australia, which lost to Argentina in the pre-quarterfinals, will move up 11 places from 38th to 27th place.

Cameroon, which defeated Brazil in the group stage, will also move up 10 places and reach the 33rd spot.

Similarly, the US moved up 3 places to the 13th place, while Mexico dropped 2 places to the 15th place.

Host nation Qatar, and Canada who were eliminated from the group stage of the World Cup, have dropped to 12 places. Qatar, ranked 50th, moved to 62nd, while Canada, ranked 41st, moved to 53rd.


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