France upto number 3 in FIFA rankings,  Belgium remains at 1st position


France’s National League title moved the country’s national team number 3 position in Thursday FIFA rankings. They have won World Cup in 2018 and they are trailing behind two powerhouse teams which include Belgium and Brazil who are currently placed at 1st and 2nd position respectively.

The Belgians, which lost to France in the semifinals of both the World Cup and the Nations League, have been at the top of the rankings for three years. Belgium added more ranking points than France with a better record so far in the current World Cup qualifying program and in the group stage and knockout rounds of this year’s European Championship.

Euro 2020 Champion Italy and runners-up England are currently well placed at number 4th and 5th position respectively. Teams like Argentina, Spain, Portugal, Mexico, and Denmark are placed from 6th position to number 10th position in the latest FIFA rankings.

The rankings released by FIFA who are globally responsible for operating Football are likely to come into play when FIFA makes seedings for the next World Cup draw. It is all set to start on April 1st, 2021 in Doha, Qatar. Senegal and Iran have achieved the best rankings 20 and 22nd in the latest rankings. World Cup host Qatar who won Asian Championship in 2019 is currently placed at 46 positions.

Taking about an Indian football team they have recently won 8th SAFF Championship title after beating Maldives 3-0 which was held at Male under the leadership of talismanic skipper Sunil Chhetri who recently surpassed the International goal record of legendary Pele and have equalled the record of Messi in terms of scoring 80 goals. The question which most Indian football fanatics often asked that how long Chhetri will carry Indian football as he is currently 37 years old and the management needs to groom youngsters properly around him so that future of Indian football can be bright in years to come.

There are promising players in the current national team squad which include Sahal Abdul Samad, Manvir Singh and Sandesh Jhingan and these players need to be looked after properly and the management needs to invest in more young players so that future of Indian football can look promising.