October 2021 was a busy month in international football, with FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022TM qualifications, friendlies, and the UEFA Nations League finals all on the schedule.

2018 World cup winners

 A total of 160 fixtures were played, the impact of which can be seen on the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking. Though their lead is now under threat, Belgium remains top despite UEFA Nations League defeats to France (3rd, +1) and Italy (4th, +1).

Only Les Bleus and Gli Azzurri have improved their rankings among the top five. Brazil is still in second place, but they are only 12 points behind Belgium. Meanwhile, England has dropped two places to sixth position.

A little further down, Spain’s (7th, +1) advancement at the expense of Portugal (8th, -1) is remarkable, as is Germany’s (12th, +2) leapfrogging of the United States (13th).

Uruguay dropped three spots to 15th place among the top 20 countries. However, it is after that that we locate some of this edition’s most noteworthy movers.

Morocco (29th, +4), Russia (33rd, +4), Egypt (44th, +4), Saudi Arabia (49th, +7), and South Africa (66th, +7) all advanced in Qatar 2022 qualification with two wins in two matches this month.

New Zealand (111, +10) and Indonesia (165, +10), both in the second part of the chart, were the two greatest movers this month, ahead of the Central African Republic (115, +9) and Cambodia (170, +8).


Source: Fifa.com


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