Netherlands and Canada hit heights again
145 internationals played in November; Netherlands back in Top 10 of FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking; Equatorial Guinea and Ecuador make notable progress.
The thousand game mark has now been passed! November’s 120 qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™, coupled with 25 friendlies also held this month, have brought the total number of internationals in 2021 to 1058. And just as they have done since 2018, Belgium (1, -) end the calendar year at the summit.
That said, the Red Devils came close to surrendering top spot to their nearest pursuers Brazil (2, -), who were unable to take advantage of Belgium’s draw in Wales after a stalemate of their own against Argentina.
Next come France (3, -), whose two qualifying wins this month moved them closer to the leading pair, themselves only separated by 2.1 points.
Closing in on a podium position are England (4, +1), who climbed a rung on the ladder thanks to Italy’s (6, -2) travails in the qualifiers for Qatar 2022. Down to sixth in the global standings, the reigning European champions now also have Argentina (5, +1) in front of them.
Another country heading in the wrong direction are Mexico (14, -5), whose fall of five places saw them cede their Top 10 spot to a Netherlands (10, +1) side fresh from World Cup qualification.
As of this month, 13 countries have qualified for Qatar 2022, with 11 of these ranked in the Top 15. Serbia (23, +2) and Qatar (51, -5), the latter qualifying automatically as hosts, are the two ranked lower.
Down in 72nd a year ago, Canada (40, +8) are now up to 40th, a lofty position they have not experienced since December 1996. And while the Canucks can take pride in their eight-place rise since the October Ranking, three other teams fared even better in the same period: Equatorial Guinea (114, +12), Ecuador (46, +9) and Togo (125, +9).
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Leader Belgium (unchanged)
Countries entering the Top 10 Netherlands (10, +1)
Countries exiting the Top 10 Mexico (14, -5)
Total matches played 145
Most matches played Bangladesh, Bolivia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Maldives, Mexico, Seychelles, Sri Lanka (3)
Biggest increase in points Ecuador (+ 31.81 points)
Biggest increase in places Equatorial Guinea (+ 12 places)
Biggest drop in points Mexico (- 34.16 points)
Biggest drop in places Central African Republic (-15 places)
Countries joining the Ranking None
Countries leaving the Ranking None
Unranked inactive teams Cook Islands
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