The Portuguese football team dropped one position in the FIFA ranking and is now ranked eighth, in exchange with Spain, informed on Thursday by the highest body of world football
Portugal have won two games since the last update, in September, of the world classification, a private with Qatar (3-0) and a qualifying game for the 2022 World Cup with Luxembourg (5-0), but Spain had the biggest bonus.
The Spaniards also played two games, with a victory in the semi-finals of the League of Nations, against Italy (2-1), and a defeat in the final against France (2-1), but accumulated more points, taking the two selections separated by less than six.
In the “top 10” of the FIFA ranking, which continues to be led by Belgium, followed by Brazil, France took advantage of the triumph in the League of Nations to climb the podium, now occupying third place.
A rise that resulted in the fall of England to fifth place, while Italy, third category in the League of Nations, climbed to fourth place, in those that were as shaken in the front group.
Among the teams led by Portuguese coaches, Poland, by Paulo Sousa, is the best ranked, with a rise of one place, to 23rd, although South Korea, by Paulo Bento, and Egypt, by Carlos Queiroz , also had rises, to the 35th and 44th places, respectively.
António Conceição’s Cameroon progressed to 54th position, Hélio Sousa’s Bahrain kept 91st, and Paulo Duarte’s Togo moved from 136th to 134th.
In Portuguese-speaking countries, Cape Verde rose to 76th, but the trend was downward, namely in Guinea-Bissau, which fell to 109th, and Mozambique, to 122nd, while Angola (129th) ), São Tomé and Príncipe (191) and East Timor (194) maintained positions.