October 2021 was a busy month in worldwide soccer, with qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, friendlies, and the ultimate rounds of the UEFA Nations League all on the agenda. A complete of 160 fixtures have been performed, the impression of which could be seen on the FIFA Rankings.
Though their lead is now underneath menace, Belgium stay on top regardless of UEFA Nations League defeats to France (third, 1) and Italy (4th, 1). Among the top 5, solely Les Bleus and Gli Azzurri have improved their positions.
India has additionally moved one spot forward to the 106th position after the Sunil Chhetri-led aspect received the SAFF Championship. The Blue Tigers had defeated Nepal within the summit conflict.
Brazil stay second however are respiratory down the neck of Belgium, simply 12 factors behind. England, in the meantime, dropped two locations to fifth.
“A little further down, Spain’s (7th, 1) progress at the expense of Portugal (8th, -1) is also noteworthy, as is that of Germany (12th, 2), who leapfrog USA (13th). Uruguay lost most ground among the top 20 by dropping three places to 15th,” learn an official FIFA assertion.
It is after that, nonetheless, the place we discover among the most vital movers on this version. Morocco (twenty ninth, 4), Russia (thirty third, 4), Egypt (forty fourth, 4), Saudi Arabia (forty ninth, 7) and South Africa (66th, 7) all made strides on the again of two wins from two this month in Qatar 2022 qualifying.
Two nations within the second half of the desk fared even higher, with New Zealand (111, 10) and Indonesia (165, 10) the joint-biggest movers this month, forward of Central African Republic (115, 9) and Cambodia (170, 8).
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