Belgium edge France to top FIFA rankings

first_imgZURICH (AP): Belgium will end 2018 atop FIFA’s rankings with World Cup winners France at No. 2. FIFA says Belgium are a single ranking point – 1,727 to 1,726 – ahead of a French team which won their World Cup semi-final in Russia. Brazil are No. 3 and World Cup runners-up Croatia are No. 4 in a mostly unchanged monthly ranking. England and Portugal, which both qualified last month for the UEFA Nations League Final Four tournament, are Nos. 5 and 6. Uruguay, Switzerland, Spain, and Denmark complete the top 10. Iran at No. 29 will be the highest-ranked Asian team at the Asian Cup, starting on January 5. Qatar, the 2022 World Cup hosts, are No. 93. Senegal are Africa’s best team at No. 23. Mexico lead the Concacaf region teams at No. 17 and the United States are No. 25.last_img