Argentina won the FIFA World Cup 2022 trophy by defeating France in the championship match. However, that was also insufficient for the country to move up to the top spot in the FIFA rankings. Brazil is still the best footballing nation in the world despite being ousted by Croatia in the quarterfinals. France, a finalist that was defeated, rose one spot to No. 3. While Argentina rose one spot to No. 2. In FIFA, where does India stand? While the women’s squad is ranked 61, the Indian men’s football team is placed 106.
Why is the FIFA World Cup an unattainable goal for India?
Despite just winning one game in Qatar and failing to advance past the group stage, Belgium is currently ranked No. 4, a drop of two spots. The Netherlands and England, both eliminated in the quarterfinals, are still ranked Nos. 5 and 6, respectively. Increasing five spots to No. 7, Croatia Italy, the reigning European champion, is ranked eighth despite not making the World Cup. The highest-ranked African country is Morocco, which moved up 11 spots to No. 11 thanks to its historic run to the semifinals.
The strongest CONCACAF team is the United States, which is ranked No. 13 after moving up three spots after reaching the round of 16. No. 15 is Mexico. Australia moves up eleven spots to No. 27, while Japan moves up four spots to No. 20, leading the Asian confederation teams. Each made it to the round of 16. After defeating Brazil in the group stage, Cameroon moved up ten spots to No. 33. (With input from PTI)
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Brazil is still in first place despite losing to Croatia in the quarterfinals.
Argentina, the defending World Cup champions, moved up one spot to second in the most recent FIFA Rankings.
If La Albiceleste had defeated third-ranked France in regulation or extra time, they would have passed the Selecao. Instead, Les Bleus came back from a 2-0 deficit after 80 minutes by scoring twice in 97 seconds.
Kylian Mbappe later scored a penalty in the 118th minute to send the thrilling match to penalties after scoring a hat-trick in the championship game. Emiliano Martinez saved two penalty kicks there, ending Argentina’s 36-year World Cup drought.