Belgium tops first FIFA rankings since pandemic shutdown

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The first FIFA males’s world rankings for 5 months have been still led by Belgium on Thursday after the shutdown of European groups through the coronavirus pandemic led to September. Belgium leads an unchanged prime 4 nations from 2018 World Cup winner France, Brazil — which has but to play in 2020 — and England.

Portugal, the reigning European and UEFA Nations League champion, rose two locations to No. 5.

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Rankings after the November worldwide break will determine seedings when FIFA attracts the European qualifying teams for the 2022 World Cup in early December.

The 10 highest-ranked European groups might be top-seeded in teams where just the winner will advance on to the finals match in Qatar. Three further groups will qualify by way of playoffs scheduled in March 2022.

Currently, Germany is the ninth-best European ranked No. 14, and No. 15 Switzerland would take the last top-seeded place within the draw. Denmark is subsequent at No. 16.

Senegal is the top-ranked African nation at No. 20, and No. 28 Japan leads Asian confederation groups.

World Cup host Qatar is ranked No. 55.

[Attribution HT.]

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