The latest FIFA World Rankings has just been released this week. It has included the results of the international tournaments during the summer 2021, from CONCACAF Nations League and Gold Cup, Copa America and European Championship EURO with Qatar and USA making the furthest leap.
In the top ten, Some changes among the top teams are inevitable although they are not considerably many. Brasil, which only finished as runner-up in Copa America 2021, still managed to bump up to the second replacing Les Blues which digresses to the third after their EURO campaign surprisingly ended in the round of 16 after being edged out by Switerland on penalties. In the meantime, the two continental champions, Argentina and Italy rise two places each and sit on the sixth and fifth respectively. They swap positions with Spain and Portugal. Belgium, on the other hand, stays on top.
Meanwhile, Qatar and USA managed to rise up high due to their results in CONCACAF Gold Cup, which both sides participated. Qatar was the invetee but able to stun the North American teams by reaching semi final to take on USA. The Yanks eventually thumped them and advanced to win the title by crushing Mexico 1-0 in the summit. They ascend 16 and 10 spots respectively. Felix Sanchez's men are now sitting on the 42nd while USMNT is on the tenth.
For Qatar, this is their highest position ever in FIFA world rank. It also shows that their preparation for the World Cup next year has been progressive. Almoez Ali and Co will still be staging friendly matches with all the nations seeded in group A World Cup 2022 European qualifiers before holding the trial tournament, FIFA Arab Cup, at the end of the year.
Apparently, the USMNT's leap to number ten marks their return to the top ten list after 15 years stranded outside the FIFA elite ranks. Their stunning climb sadly cost Denmark's sloping position from the list. Kasper Schmeichel and Co, who inspired the world by their unlikely bounce back in EURO 2020, have to sit on the 11th. Here is the list of the top twenty teams in FIFA world rank.