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Argentina Remains on Top of FIFA Rankings

 

Argentina Remains on Top of FIFA Rankings

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After winning 1-0 against Ecuador and 3-0 against Bolivia in the FIFA World Cup 2026™ qualifiers, Argentina is now at the top of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking. Meanwhile, France, who are in second place, lost some ground to Argentina because they lost 2-1 in a friendly match against Germany.

Brazil, England, and Belgium, ranked 3rd, 4th, and 5th respectively, have maintained their positions in the top five of the global ranking since July 2023. Following them, Croatia is in 6th place, the Netherlands in 7th, and Portugal in 8th. Among the top ten teams, only Portugal has moved up one spot. Italy has dropped to 9th place after being held to a 1-1 draw by North Macedonia in their UEFA EURO 2024 qualifier. The top ten also includes Spain.

A lot of movement can be seen in the rankings beyond the top ten. Specifically, among the teams ranked between tenth and fiftieth, a total of 17 teams have moved up by at least one place. Notably, Austria has climbed four spots to 25th place, and Hungary has also risen by four positions to reach 32nd place. Additionally, Mali and Côte d’Ivoire have both moved up two spots to reclaim their positions within the top 50, with Mali at 49th and Côte d’Ivoire at 50th.

Japan is currently the highest-ranked Asian nation in the FIFA rankings, holding the 19th position thanks to their recent impressive performances. Scotland is ranked 31st, while Wales is in the 33rd spot. The Republic of Ireland has moved up from 62nd to 55th in the rankings.


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On the other hand, the British Virgin Islands, Anguilla, and San Marino are the lowest-ranked teams in the FIFA rankings.

Northern Ireland has experienced the largest drop in the latest ranking, falling by 10 places to 74th after losing two consecutive away matches, 4-2 to Slovenia and 1-0 to Kazakhstan. Belarus has also seen a significant decline, dropping seven places to 105th, causing them to fall out of the top 100. In contrast, Trinidad and Tobago has moved up four places to 98th, Mauritania has risen by two places to 99th, and Kazakhstan has climbed four places to reach 100th, allowing them to secure positions within the top 100.

Albania has made the most significant points gain, moving up by 20.08 points, largely due to their 2-0 victory over Poland. In terms of rankings, the most significant climbers are Guinea Bissau, which has risen six places to 106th, and Aruba, which has also moved up six places to 193rd.

India has moved up to the 102nd place in the FIFA rankings following their fourth-place finish at the King’s Cup. In the third-place playoff, they lost 1-0 to Lebanon. Earlier, the Blue Tigers had a penalty shootout loss to Iraq, with the semi-final match ending 2-2 after regular time. India’s upcoming significant challenge will be the World Cup qualifiers against Kuwait and Qatar in November.

The top 10-ranked nations:

  1. Argentina
  2. France
  3. Brazil
  4. England
  5. Belgium
  6. Croatia
  7. Netherlands
  8. Portugal
  9. Italy
  10. Spain


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