The FIFA Rankings have been updated for the first time since the World Cup in Russia this Summer – there are some big movers in the top twenty.
- Southgate’s England up to sixth in the table
- Mbappe’s France go top
- Croatia and Sweden make big gains
- South American big boys drop while Uruguay climb
- Germany plummet after lacklustre Russia
Southgate’s Men into the Top Six
After being outside the Top Ten for most of the last five years, England’s over-performance under the guidance of Gareth Southgate has seen them reach the heady heights of sixth, moving above Portugal, Spain, Argentina and Germany along the way.
World Champions Up to First
Unsurprisingly France have moved to top of the FIFA Rankings after their victory in Russia this Summer. Les Bleus were eighth in the table before the tournament, but the impressive performance by Kylian Mbappe and friends helped move his country to top of the pile for the first time since early 2002.
Croatia and Sweden Make Big Gains
Croatia’s most successful World Cup since their independence in 1991, saw them jump sixteen places from 20th to 4th, which is their best placing since being fourth in the Spring of 2013.
The other big mover in the top part of the table are Sweden. Janne Andersson’s side topped Group F despite a loss to Germany in the third Group game. They of course eventually fell 2-0 in the Quarter-Final against England, but their showing in the World Cup was enough to lift them eleven places into 13th of the FIFA Rankings. South American big boys drop while Uruguay climb
Brazil and Argentina Drop while Uruguay Climb
Russia 2018 wasn’t a great tournament for the big boys of South America. Despite progressing to the Quarter-Finals, Brazil never looked like being crowned World Champions for the sixth time. A relatively solid set of results was enough to limit the damage in FIFA’s Rankings to a one place drop (to third), trading places with their Quarter-Final victors Belgium.
Despite collecting one point from their first two Group Games, Argentina made it out of Group D as runners-up. They then fell in the first knock-out round losing 4-3 to France in an incredible match. This poor showing affected their FIFA Ranking, dropping them out of the top ten for the first time since 2012.
Uruguay’s journey to the Quarter-Final before losing to eventual Champions France was enough to gain nine places up to fifth, one place above England.
Lacklustre Germany Plummet
The biggest losers at this years World Cup though was Germany. They didn’t look interested and fell in the first round for the first time since 1938! As a result they now occupy their lowest ranking since 2012, falling fourteen places to 15th.
FIFA Rankings Top Twenty
The full table can be found on the FIFA website.