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Red Devils climb after world CHAMPIONSHIP bronze to the second place at FIFA ranking

Belgium rises on the new FIFA-ranking from the third to the second place. World champion France lost to Germany as the new number 1.

Red Devils celebrate against Brazil © Belga Image

The second place is not a record for Belgium. In november 2015, have made the Red Devils for the first time to number one. This position they held for five months until april 2016.

New count

The Red Devils won at the world CHAMPIONSHIPS in Russia for a historic third place.

In the new FIFA ranking, which for the first time using the Elo method (which takes more account of the strength of the opponent and the value of the match), totaling Belgium 1.723 points.

Only France, in Russia for the second time and became world champion, with 1.726 points a little better.

Ascenders and descenders

‘Les Bleus’ look in comparison with the previous ranking (from 7 June), six places ahead.

Brazil is third with 1.657 points. The team of Neymar lost at the world cup in the quarter finals of Belgium and is lowered on the ranking from two to three.

World cup finalist Croatia will win no fewer than sixteen places and ends up in the fourth position with 1.643 points. Then follow Uruguay (5th, +9), England (6th, +6), Portugal (7th, -3), and Switzerland (8th, -2). Spain (+1) and Denmark (+3), sharing the ninth place.

Germany is the biggest loser. The Mannschaft, who, as holder of the group stage of the world cup didn’t survive, drops of 1 to 15. Also Argentina (11th, -6), Poland (18th, -10) and Peru (20th -9) take a big dive. Russia, at the world cup for their own people by surprise with a quarter final, climbs 21 places to number 49.

Nations League

The next match of the Red Devils is a practice duel on Friday 7 september in Glasgow against Scotland. Four days later a follow-up trip to Iceland in the framework of the brand-new Nations League.

The next FIFA ranking will be published on 20 september.

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