NEW DELHI: Argentina tightened its grip at the top spot of the FIFA World Ranking after its 1-0 triumph over Ecuador and a 3-0 success against Bolivia in the opening CONMEBOL FIFA World Cup 2026 qualifiers.
Second place France lost some ground on the Albiceleste after suffering a 2-1 friendly defeat against Germany.
Meanwhile, Brazil (3rd), England (4th) and Belgium (5th) retain their places in a top five that remains un-changed from the July 2023 edition of the global ranking. The leading pack are followed by Croatia (6th), the Neth-erlands (7th) and Portugal (8th), who are the only team amongst the top ten to climb a position. Italy (9th) slipped down a spot after been held to a 1-1 draw away to North Macedonia in the sides’ UEFA EURO 2024 qualifier. The top-ten line-up is completed by Spain.
Austria (25th) and Hungary (32nd) both make waves by climbing four berths.
India on the other hand, continued to rank 99th, while the women’s team was ranked 61st in the world. Among the Asian Football Confederation, India is in the 18th spot. Agencies
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