The FIFA rankings worldwide announced its updated rankings, and the results confirmed that Brazil would be the top-ranked team heading to Qatar for the 2022 World Cup, surpassing Belgium in the process. The fifth-placed English team will take a trip to the Middle East.
In September, Brazil beat Ghana and Tunisia, which helped them increase their lead over Belgium in the rankings. South America’s team has been on top since March, and with Belgium’s September loss to the Netherlands in the Nations League, they’ve pulled even farther ahead.
With Roberto Martinez at the helm, his team quickly dethroned the World Cup winners, France, only months after the French team won in Russia. This put the Spaniards atop the rankings in October of 2018. Brazil is currently at 1841.3 after a 3.74-point rise, while Belgium is now at 1816.71 after a drop from 1821.92.
France won their second World Cup championship in Russia in 2018 and will attempt to defend the crown in Qatar. Brazil will also head to the first Fifa event in the Middle East, ready to add a record-extending sixth championship. As of now, the Selecao are the only national team to have won five titles.
Brazil began their hunt for a first World Cup championship since 2002 in Group G against Serbia on November 24th. Meanwhile, France will kick off their championship defence against Australia in Group D on November 22nd. Qatar will encounter Ecuador on November 20th after the opening ceremony. HITC Football evaluates the strength of the 32 teams competing in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. From November 20th until December 18th, the event will be held.
Let us get into details of the FIFA rankings worldwide and see the current standings in each group.
Group A: The 50th-ranked Qatari national team will host the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Qatar will host the 2022 World Cup, only 50th in Fifa’s newest rankings, announced on Thursday, October 6th. Maroon dropped two spots from the most recent orders on August 25th, falling from 1441.97 points to 1439.89 following a 3-0 loss against Croatia’s Under-23s.
Having maintained their ranking from the August rankings, Ecuador will face Qatar in the first match as the 44th-best country. Group A consists of the Netherlands (ranked ninth), Senegal (18th), and Italy (ranked 13th).
The 2010 South Africa World Cup was the last time the Netherlands came to a World Cup with a better Fifa rating. Holland participated in the first Fifa tournament as the fourth-best nation globally on African soil. They, too, advanced to the final when Spain defeated them.
Group B: England And Wales Will Appear In The Hardest Group Per FIFA rankings Worldwide.
Group G in the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar will be the most difficult, featuring England, Wales, the United States, and Iran. All four countries in Group B dwell in the top 20, with the Three Lions the best-ranked country in fifth place after holding the position from August’s standings.
However, of the top five teams, Gareth Southgate’s squad dropped the most points in the most recent Fifa rankings. After losing to Italy by a score of 1-0 and drawing with Germany by a score of 3-3, England’s overall performance index score dropped by 8.99 points to 1728.47. The draws also sent England’s national team to the lower division of the UEFA Nations League, League B.
Meanwhile, the United States dropped seven to sixteenth after seeing its global ranking drop from 14th to 16th. Wales dropped 12.31 places to 19th (1569.82), passing Iran in the process. The Cheetahs, coached by Carlos Queiroz, moved up to 20th place, 5.97 points, and 1564.61 overall.
In Group C, Argentina Is The Only Top-10-Ranked Squad.
Fifa’s highest-ranked Group C squad, Argentina, will compete in the 2022 World Cup’s first round. Although they are now 67.17 points behind second-place Belgium, La Albiceleste maintained their third spot in the October standings. Team Lionel Scaloni has scored 1773.88 points.
Despite dropping from 9th to 13th and losing 4.68 points, Mexico will still enter Qatar as Group C’s second-best-placed country. In comparison to Fifa’s August standings, El Tri fell one position. While Saudi Arabia moved up from 53rd to 51st, Poland stayed still at 26th.
World Cup Holders Play In Group D. The French Fall Farther Behind Argentina.
While Les Bleus will come in Qatar as the reigning World Cup winners, they have fallen out of the top three in Fifa’s rankings and are now behind Argentina. Didier Deschamps’ team is still in the fourth position, where they’ve been since June, although they shed 5.07 points, bringing their total to 1759.78.
France ascended to the top of Fifa’s rankings following their 2018 World Cup victory in Russia. After starting the competition in eighth place, Les Bleus defeated Argentina in the round of 16 and then Germany in the finals to move into second place in the global rankings for August.
Group D of the 2022 World Cup will pit 10th-ranked Denmark, 30th-placed Tunisia, and 38th-ranked Australia against Les Bleus, who will be looking to replicate their 2018 success. Before October 2018, France held the top spot; however, Belgium eventually overtook them. While Fifa kept Australia at its previous rating of 42nd, it bumped Denmark and Tunisia up one place. The Socceroos earned 4.99 points to have 1488.72 before flying to Qatar.
For The 2022 World Cup, Group E Has Spain And Germany As The Frontrunners.
In the Fifa standings for the 2022 World Cup, Spain is ahead of Germany in the “group of death,” which will be played in November and December. La Roja is the only top-10 country in Group E, despite Luis Enrique’s squad sliding below Italy – who did not qualify – into the seventh position.
Italy earned 12.28 points to leapfrog Spain for sixth since Fifa announced its latest global rankings in August. The Azzurri are also presently only 2.33 points behind England for sixth place. However, La Roja dropped 1.71, placing them in eighth place at 1715.22, still 20.71 ahead of the Netherlands.
In Group E, Los Ticos are the second-worst team after Japan (ranked 24th). Though they dropped 8.75 places, Germany will still be 11th when they visit the Middle East. Group E also included Costa Rica, the 31st-ranked team in Fifa’s October rankings.
In Group F, Belgium will compete against Canada, Morocco, And Croatia For First Place.
Against Canada, Morocco, and Croatia in Group F at the World Cup in Qatar, Belgium will try to cut the gap on Brazil as Fifa’s top-ranked country. Martinez’s squad dropped 5.21 places since August, increasing the Selecao’s lead over the Red Devils to 24.59.
Croatia reached the World Cup final of 2018 and is now ranked 12th in the world by Fifa. Since August, when they were placed 15th behind the United States, Vatreni has risen 13.49 in the rankings. Croatia is ahead of Uruguay and Mexico in the standings, making them the undisputed favourites to win in Qatar.
Morocco will compete in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, hoping to advance from Group F. In Fifa’s October rankings, the Atlas Lions jumped from 23rd to 22nd, while Canada climbed from 43rd to 41st. When Norway and Cameroon lost ground, the Maple Leafs benefited by 1.18 points.
According To FIFA Rankings Worldwide, Brazil Will Enter The 2022 World Cup As The Top-Ranked Team In Group G.
Brazil will begin the 2022 World Cup in Qatar as Fifa’s top-ranked team after maintaining the position in October’s ratings. Tite’s Selecao squad gained 3.74 points to enter the third position, joining Argentina, who had been in third place since the August table.
World Cup host nation Brazil was rated No. 1 by Fifa for the last time in 2010. Since then, Germany has travelled to Russia as the top squad, and Spain has travelled to Brazil as the whole team for the 2014 tournament. Similarly, the Selecao were the top-ranked squad going into the 2006 World Cup in Germany.
In Group G, Brazil faces Serbia, Switzerland, and Cameroon as they try to defend their No. 1 global position. While A-Team advanced two spots to the fifteenth and Les Lions Indomptables dropped seven spots to the forty-third, the Eagles moved up five spots to twenty-first in Fifa’s October rankings.
Portugal Is The Best Squad In Group H And Will Go To Qatar As The Favourite.
Football World Cup 2022 will be held in Qatar, and Fifa has seeded Portugal to the top spot in Group H. Despite a 2.09-point decrease from August’s standings, the Selecao are still in ninth place. They dropped to ninth place, 17.95 points behind the Netherlands, who moved up from eighth thanks to a 15.10-point swing.
Diego Alonso’s Portugal squad will face its toughest competition in Group H against Uruguay. Meanwhile, South Korea held steady in 28th place, and La Celeste slid one spot after losing 2.24 points since August. Meanwhile, Ghana has fallen from 60th to 61st.
With their 0.47-point FIFA penalty, Ghana will enter the 2022 World Cup in Qatar as the tournament’s lowest-ranked squad. The Black Stars will be the lowest-ranked team in the Middle Eastern qualifiers, coming in at number 60, behind the 59th-ranked Northern Ireland and the 58th-ranked Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The above information gives you a complete overview of each group of the FIFA rankings worldwide and the world cup, how every team is currently standing, and what can be expected from the upcoming FIFA world cup.