Portugal team slips to 7th in Fifa ranking

By TPN/Lusa, in News · 30-11-2019 16:00:00 · 0 Comments

Portugal has dropped to seventh from sixth place in Fifa's ranking of national men’s football teams, having been overtaken by World Cup runners-up, Croatia, in a list that continues to be headed by Belgium.

Portugal, whose team this month beat Lithuania (6-0) and Luxembourg (2-0) in their last Euro 2020 qualifying matches, has 1,639 points, three more than Spain, ranked eight, and is three points below Croatia (in sixth) and six behind Uruguay (in fifth).

Belgium has headed the table for more than a year, since 25 October, 2018, above World Cup holders France and Brazil in third. England is ranked fourth.

Colombia, whose national team is trained by Portugal’s Carlos Queiroz, remains in 10th place, one point behind Argentina, in ninth place – making for four South American countries in the top 10.

Among other countries whose national teams have Portuguese coaches, South Korea, coached by Paulo Bento, slipped two positions to 41st; Cameroon, coached by António Conceição, fell to 53th; and Burkina Faso, overseen by Paulo Duarte, remains in 60th. Bahrain, coached by Hélio Sousa, rose one place to 100th, making it the 17th best placed among Asian countries.

Among other Portuguese-speaking countries Cabo Verde is the highest ranked, in 78th, followed by Mozambique, in 105th. Guinea-Bissau has overtaken Angola to take 118th place against the latter’s 124th. Sao Tome and Principe is 181st and East Timor 196th.

- FIFA ranking on 28 November:

1. (1) Belgium, 1,765.

2. (2) France, 1,733.

3. (3) Brazil, 1,712.

4. (4) England, 1,661.

5. (5) Uruguay, 1,645.

6. (7) Croatia, 1,642.

7. (6) Portugal, 1,639.

8. (8) Spain, 1,636.

9. (9) Argentina, 1,623

10.(10) Colombia, 1,622


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