All 32 Qatar World Cup teams by Fifa ranking as Brazil pull clear in 1st
Brazil will head to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar as the top-ranked country above Belgium after FIFA released its latest rankings on Thursday. England travel to the Middle East as fifth.
Wins over Ghana and Tunisia during September extended Brazil’s lead over Belgium in the table. The South American country topped the table in March and went even further clear when the Red Devils lost their Nations League tie with the Netherlands this September.
Brazil now boasts 1,841.3 points after an increase of 3.74, while Belgium fell to 1,816.71 from 1,821.92. Roberto Martinez’s side have been top of the table since October 2018 after quickly dethroning World Cup champions France within months of their title in Russia.
France won their second World Cup title in Russia in 2018 and will be looking to defend their title in Qatar. Brazil will also take part in the first Fifa tournament to be held in the Middle East, eager to add to their record sixth crown. The Selecao is the only country to have won five titles so far.
Brazil will begin their quest for a first World Cup title since 2002 in Group G against Serbia on November 24. France, meanwhile, will begin their title defense in Group D against Australia on November 22. Qatar will face Ecuador on November 20 after the opening ceremony.
With that in mind, HITC Football takes a look at the rankings of all 32 teams heading to Qatar for the 2022 World Cup. The tournament runs from November 20 to December 18.
Group A: Qatar to host 2022 FIFA World Cup 50th in latest FIFA rankings
Qatar will host the 2022 FIFA World Cup in 50th place in the latest FIFA rankings released on Thursday 6 October. The Maroons dropped two places from their previous ranking released on August 25, dropping from 1441.97 points to 1439.89 after a 3-0 loss to the Croatian side. 23s.
Ecuador go into their opener against Qatar as the 44th-best nation after retaining their position from August’s rankings. Senegal will also feature in Group A in 18th place, while the Netherlands will battle for the group as the highest ranked country in eighth.
The Netherlands have not arrived at the World Cup higher in the FIFA rankings since the 2010 edition in South Africa. The Netherlands performed as the fourth best country in the world at the first Fifa tournament on African soil. They also reached the final but lost to Spain.
Group B: England and Wales will feature in the toughest group according to the FIFA rankings
England, Wales, United States and Iran will feature in the toughest group of the World Cup in Qatar according to the FIFA rankings. All four nations in Group B are in the top 20, with the Three Lions the highest-placed nation in fifth place after retaining their position from August’s table.
Yet Gareth Southgate’s side have lost the most points in the top five rankings from the last FIFA standings. England dropped 8.99 points to 1728.47 after losing 1-0 to Italy and drawing 3-3 with Germany. The draw also relegated the Three Lions to League B for the UEFA Nations League.
The United States, meanwhile, fell from 14th to 16th after losing 7.53 points in the rankings to 1627.48. Wales remained in 19th place despite losing 12.31 points to 1569.82, ahead of Iran. Carlos Queiroz’s Cheetahs rose from 22nd to 20th after gaining 5.97 points to 1564.61.
Group C: Argentina is the only team in the top 10 of the latest FIFA rankings
Argentina will go into the opening round of the 2022 World Cup as the only team from Fifa’s Group C to finish in the top 10. La Albiceleste maintained third place in the October table, but are 67.17 points adrift of second-placed Belgium. Lionel Scaloni’s side boast 1773.88 points.
Mexico will arrive in Qatar as the second-highest ranked nation in Group C, despite dropping 4.68 points to drop to 13th. El Tri dropped one place in the latest FIFA rankings from the August table. Poland, meanwhile, remained in 26th place, while Saudi Arabia climbed from 53rd to 51st.
Group D: Defending world champions France lose to Argentina
France will arrive in Qatar as the defending world champions, but Les Bleus have lost out to Argentina for third place in the FIFA table. Didier Deschamps’ side remain in fourth place, a spot they’ve held since June, though they’ve dropped 5.07 points to 1,759.78 since August.
Fifa have moved France to the top of their tree after winning the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Les Bleus came into the tournament ranked seventh in the world but moved up to second after defeating Argentina in the round of 16 before dethroning Germany in August’s table.
France would only hold onto the top spot until October 2018 before Belgium moved ahead. Les Bleus will now try to repeat their 2018 rise to the 2022 World Cup in Group D against 10th Denmark, 30th Tunisia and 38th Australia.
Denmark and Tunisia were unchanged from the August rankings, while FIFA moved Australia up from 42nd. The Socceroos gained 4.99 points to 1488.72 before traveling to Qatar.
Group E: Spain lead Germany in 2022 World Cup group of death
Spain lead Germany in the 2022 FIFA World Cup group of death ahead of the tournament this November and December. La Roja are the only country in the top 10 in Group E, despite Luis Enrique’s side trailing Italy – who did not qualify – in seventh place.
Italy gained 12.28 points to overtake Spain in sixth place since the latest FIFA world rankings were released in August. The Azzurri are also now just 2.33 points behind England in fifth place. La Roja, on the other hand, lost 1.71 and dropped to seventh in 1715.22 – 20.71 ahead of the Netherlands.
Germany will go to the Middle East in 11th place after maintaining their position despite losing 8.75 points. Costa Rica will also compete in Group E as the 31st country in the October FIFA rankings. Los Ticos are bottom of Group E behind 24th-placed Japan.
Group F: Belgium will aim for top spot against Canada, Morocco and Croatia
Belgium will be looking to close the gap on Brazil as FIFA’s highest-ranked nation at the World Cup in Qatar against Canada, Morocco and Croatia in Group F. The Red Devils have a 24.59 deficit on table-topping Selecao as Martinez’s men drop 5.21 points from August order.
Croatia, who reached the finals of the 2018 World Cup, climbed as high as 12th in the latest FIFA rankings. The Flames have scored 13.49 points since August, when they were 15th behind the United States. Croatia also edged out Uruguay and Mexico before visiting Qatar.
Morocco will be hoping to once again improve their position from Group F at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The Atlas Lions moved from 23rd to 22nd in the FIFA October table, while Canada moved from 43rd to 41st. The Maple Leafs scored 1.18 points as Norway and Cameroon fell.
Group G: Brazil will start the 2022 World Cup as FIFA’s highest-ranked team
Brazil will start the 2022 World Cup in Qatar as FIFA’s top team after retaining their position in the October table. The Selecao and third-placed Argentina were the only countries in the top five to pick up points since August’s table, with Tite’s side picking up a further 3.74.
Fifa last ranked Brazil as the No.1 nation before the 2010 FIFA World Cup, with Germany heading to Russia in 2018 as the No.1 team and Spain arriving in Brazil in 2014 as the No.1 nation. The Selecao also entered the championship World Cup 2006, which took place in Germany, as the No. 1 team.
Brazil will be looking to maintain their top world ranking in Group G against Serbia, Switzerland and Cameroon. Meanwhile, the Eagles climbed from 25th to 21st in the October FIFA table, while the A-Team moved from 16th to 15th and Les Lions Indomptables fell from 38th to 43rd.
Group H: Portugal will arrive in Qatar as FIFA’s highest-ranked team
Portugal will arrive in Qatar for the 2022 World Cup as FIFA’s highest-ranked team in Group H. The Selecao maintained ninth place in the August table despite dropping 2.09 points. Their point loss, along with the Netherlands’ 15.10 in eighth place, created a gap of 17.95.
Uruguay will act as Portugal’s closest challengers in Group H with Diego Alonso’s side in 14th place. La Celeste fell one position after dropping 2.24 points since August, while South Korea remained in 28th place. Meanwhile, Ghana dropped from 60th to 61st.
Ghana will be the bottom-placed team at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar after being deducted 0.47 points by FIFA. The Black Stars will travel to the Middle East behind 60th-placed Panama, 59th-placed Northern Ireland and 58th-placed Bosnia and Herzegovina, who failed to qualify.
All 32 teams heading to the World Cup in Qatar according to their Fifa world rankings
1. Brazil (Group G)
2. Belgium (Group F)
3. Argentina (Group C)
4. France (Group D)
5. England (Group B)
7. Spain (Group E)
8. Netherlands (Group A)
9. Portugal (Group H)
10. Denmark (Group D)
11. Germany (Group E)
12. Croatia (Group F)
13. Mexico (Group C)
14. Uruguay (Group H)
15. Switzerland (Group G)
16. USA (Group B)
18. Senegal (Group A)
19. Wales (Group B)
20. Iran (Group B)
21. Serbia (Group G)
22. Morocco (Group F)
24. Japan (Group E)
26. Poland (Group C)
28. South Korea (Group H)
30. Tunisia (Group D)
31. Costa Rica (Group E)
38. Australia (Group D)
41. Canada (Group F)
43. Cameroon (Group G)
44. Ecuador (Group A)
50. Qatar (Group A)
51. Saudi Arabia (Group C)
61. Ghana (Group H)
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