FIFA Rankings: Brazil Retains Top Spot as France Drops out Of the Top Three in Latest Listing

FIFA Rankings: Brazil Retains Top Spot as France Drops out Of the Top Three in Latest Listing

  • Brazil have retained the top spot in the latest FIFA rankings, beating Belgium and Argentina to the lucrative spot
  • The 2018 World Cup champions, France, were the biggest losers of the listing as they dropped out of the top three
  • In Africa, AFCON champions Senegal, Tunisia, and Nigeria are the highest-placed countries, with the Lions of Teranga ranking 18th globally

Reigning World Cup champions France have dropped out of the top three in the latest rankings by FIFA.

The latest listing comes after a series of international football action including the UEFA European Championship, continental championships in Asia and Africa and a host of friendly matches between nations.

Brazil, 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier, National Stadium. Photo by Daniel Apuy.
Brazil's Neymar celebrates with teammates after scoring against Peru during their 2022 FIFA World Cup South American qualifier football match at the National Stadium. Photo by Daniel Apuy.
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In the rankings released on Thursday, June 23, Brazil remain top on the charts ahead of Belgium who are placed second.

Argentina moved one place up to rank third, with France dropping to fourth - a place above England who completes the top five slots.

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Some of the biggest gainers in the top 10 were Spain (6th) and the Netherlands who moved two places up to rank eighth.

Other teams in the top 10 include Italy (7th), Portugal (9th), and Denmark who moved one place up to finish 10th.

Senegal the highest placed country in Africa

Senegal remain the highest placed team from Africa, with the Lions of Teranga ranking 18th globally.

Tunisia, who are ranked 30th in the world are second on the continent, a place ahead of Nigeria who were placed 31st.

Cameroon (38th) and Egypt (40th) complete the top five slots for African countries.

Below is a list of the top 50 teams according to FIFA rankings:

  1. Brazil
  2. Belgium
  3. Argentina
  4. France
  5. England
  6. Spain
  7. Italy
  8. Netherlands
  9. Portugal
  10. Denmark
  11. Germany
  12. Mexico
  13. Uruguay
  14. US
  15. Croatia
  16. Switzerland
  17. Colombia
  18. Senegal
  19. Wales
  20. Sweden
  21. Peru
  22. Morocco
  23. IR Iran
  24. Japan
  25. Serbia
  26. Poland
  27. Ukraine
  28. Korea Republic
  29. Chile
  30. Tunisia
  31. Nigeria
  32. Czech Republic
  33. Austria
  34. Costa Rica
  35. Russia
  36. Norway
  37. Hungary
  38. Cameroon
  39. Australia
  40. Egypt
  41. Algeria
  42. Turkey
  43. Canada
  44. Ecuador
  45. Scotland
  46. Mali
  47. Republic of Ireland
  48. Greece
  49. Qatar
  50. Paraguay

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Source: Sports Brief News