FIFA ranking: Belgium repeat as leader, but Brazil closes the gap

The Belgian team, led by Spanish Roberto Martínez, closed the year, for the fourth consecutive time at the top of the FIFA rankings, but with only 2.1 points ahead of Brazil.

Compared to the 323 international matches that were played in 2020, due to the limitations imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, 2021 had a total of 1,116 matches, a record.

Despite this, Belgium repeats at the top of the podium, although with a slim advantage over Brazil, which is reinforced by its impeccable record in the qualifying rounds of the Qatar 2022 World Cup and its second place in the Copa América.

France, winner of the League of Nations, is third, England, European runner-up, is fourth ahead of Argentina, champion of the America’s Cup and Italy, champion of the European Championship.

The Spanish team, runner-up in the Nations League, is seventh in a classification in which Germany does not even enter the Top 10, eleventh, behind Denmark (9), the Netherlands (10).

– Classification (points):

1 Belgium 1828.45

2 Brazil 1826.35

3 France 1786.15

4 England 1755.52

5 Argentina 1750.51

6 Italy 1740.77

7 Spain 1704.75

8 Portugal 1660.25

9 Denmark 1654.54

10 Netherlands 1653.73

– Other positions:

12.- United States

14.- Mexico

16.- Colombia

17.- Uruguay

22.- Peru

24.- Chile

40.- Canada

43.- Paraguay

46.- Ecuador

49.- Costa Rica

57.- Jamaica

59.- Venezuela

63.- Panama

69.- El Salvador

76.- Honduras

77.- Bolivia

122.- Guatemala

143.- Nicaragua

156.- Dominican Republic

173.- Puerto Rico

179.- Cuba.