Red Devils drop to 5th place in FIFA world rankings
Belgium's national football team, the Red Devils, have dropped from fourth to fifth place in the FIFA rankings published on Thursday. With 1788.55 points, the Belgians are now behind England (1797.39 points).
World champions Argentina lead the rankings, with 1843.73 points, although the difference with World Cup runners-up France (1843.54) is marginal. Brazil are third with 1828.27 points.
Croatia and the Netherlands are switching places. Croatia are now sixth, trailing Belgium by 46 points, while the Netherlands are in seventh after disappointing results in the Nations League final four, where they lost to Croatia and Italy.
There are no other changes in the top 10. Since the publication of the previous ranking, Belgium have played two internationals: a 1-1 draw against group leader Austria in the European Championship qualifiers followed by a 3-0 victory in Estonia.
Number one streak
The next internationals are not scheduled until September. On 9 September, the Devils travel to Azerbaijan, with a home game against Estonia three days later.
In March 2022, the Red Devils lost their status as the best football team in the world in the FIFA rankings after a draw against Ireland. The 2-2 scoreline saw them concede first place to Brazil. The Red Devils' streak as world number one lasted for nearly 3.5 years, or 1,283 days.
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