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Belgium top FIFA/Coca-Cola rankings for fourth consecutive year

Belgium at the top of the FIFA/Coca-Cola Ranking for the fourth consecutive year; The team that improved the most this year is Canada with a gain of 130.32 points; Qatar in the Top 50 as we head into 2022.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, only 352 full internationals have been played in 2020. Not since 1987 (323 matches) have so few games been played in a calendar year. On the other hand, the football world made up for lost time in 2021 with a record 1116 matches played.

And while the amount of matches has changed drastically from year to year, the top-ranked team in the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking (fifa.fans/3H8jviY) has remained the same! For the fourth consecutive year, Belgium (1st) ends the calendar year in pole position, but only just ahead of Brazil (2nd) by 2.1 points. France (3rd) completes the podium for 2021.

For its part, Canada (40th) is the most improved team of the year with no less than 130.32 points over the last 12 months. Their journey to the semi-finals of the Gold Cup 2021 as well as their impressive results in the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ qualifiers were major factors in their rise.

Winners of UEFA EURO 2020 and Copa America 2021 respectively, Italy (6th +115.77 points compared to December 2020) and Argentina (5th +108.51 points compared to December 2020), have also saw their point totals increase significantly this year.

The same goes for the USA (11th + 103.51 points compared to December 2020) and England (4th + 85.52 points compared to December 2020). Equatorial Guinea (114th +59.78 points from December 2020) achieved the most impressive progress among African teams, while Saudi Arabia (51st +81.71 points from December 2020) made even in Asia.

However, compared to last month alone, the Asian team that improved the most is Indonesia (164th + 11.13 points). Winners of the 2021 FIFA Arab Cup™, Algeria (29th+3) jointly achieved the best progress in terms of places, alongside Qatar (48th+3), who finished third in the tournament, and the Thailand (115th+3).

(With contributions from APO)