53 UEFA Nations League matches and 119 friendlies were scheduled for the final international window before the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, which begins on November 20. Final trials for the 32 teams that will take part in the upcoming high table, these matches had a significant impact on the latest FIFA/Cola-Cola World Ranking.
It is in the place of the leader in this ranking that Brazil (1st, -) will try to win its sixth world title. With wins over Ghana and Tunisia in friendlies, the Seleção even closed the gap on runners-up Belgium (2nd, -), who were beaten by the Netherlands (8th, -) in the UEFA Nations League. Argentina (3rd, -) completes the podium.
At its foot is still France (4th, -), reigning world champions, followed by England (5th, -). The only notable change in the Top 10, Italy (6th, up 1) stole 6th place from Spain (7th, down 1), which fell one place.
There are more moves further down the rankings. Thus, Croatia (12th, with 3) jumped three positions. For its part, IR Iran (20th, up 2 positions) joins the Top 20, closely followed by Serbia (21st, up 4 positions), which climbs four positions.
However, the best progress came from teams that did not qualify for the 2022 World Cup, namely Scotland (40th, up 5) and Azerbaijan (123rd, up 5) who climbed five places . To a lesser extent, we can cite Georgia (78th, 4 up), Mauritania (103rd, 4) and Suriname (139th, 4), which gained four places in the FIFA rankings by failing to participate in the next World Cup.
The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published December 22, 2022.
leader Brazil (unchanged)
Top 10 records None
Top 10 releases None
Total number of matches played 172
Most games played Ghana (5)
Biggest progress in points Azerbaijan (plus 19.55 points)
Greatest progress in terms of places Azerbaijan, Scotland (plus 5 places)
The biggest failure in terms of points North Macedonia (minus 16.69 points)
The biggest failure in terms of seats Norway (minus 6 places)
New entries in the ranking None
Ranking is coming out None
Unranked inactive teams None