Belgium Tops World Soccer

Belgium will begin 2019 at the top of the Fifa/Coca-Cola World Ranking, having preserved their single-point lead over France at the table’s summit and emerged as the ranking’s Team of the Year.

The stellar 2018 enjoyed by Les Bleus has not gone unrecognised, though, with the world champions established as Mover of the Year, having gained more points (165) since December 2017 than any other nation.

The French lead that table ahead of Uruguay (7th, unchanged) and Kosovo (131st, unchanged), who have registered net gains of 151 and 133 points, respectively.

The ranking’s latest edition shows few changes, however, having been affected by just eight “A” matches in a quiet month for international football. The top 100, in fact, is almost entirely unaltered bar a single-place swapping of positions between Oman (82nd, up 1) and Zambia (83rd, down 1).

The month’s biggest movers are Guyana (177th, up 3), whose Concacaf Nations League qualifier draw against Barbados (162nd, down 3) in September was recently reclassified as a forfeit win because of the Barbadians fielding two ineligible players.

There are also modest rises for Zimbabwe (114th, up 1), Sierra Leone (115th, up 1), Kazakhstan (119th, up 1), Guinea-Bissau (120th, up 1), Indonesia (159th, up 1), Belize (160th, up 1) and Nepal (161st, up 1).

The next ranking will be published on February 7.

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