Malta’s recent successful streak has caught the eye of FIFA as it worked on the October Edition of its’ World Ranking. Qualifying games for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™, the play-offs for UEFA EURO 2021, and UEFA Nations League fixtures were among the 120 internationals played over the last month, resulting in significant movement in October’s edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking.
“The biggest climber this month was Malta, who jumped six places courtesy of victories over Gibraltar (195th, unchanged) and Latvia (142nd, -5) and a draw with Andorra (145th, -8). Also worthy of note is the progress of Ecuador (60th, +4), Panama (77th, +4) and Israel (88th, +5),” FIFA said.
While the podium remains the same, the gap has between top-ranked Belgium and France and Brazil, has narrowed following the Red Devils’ loss to England (4th) in the UEFA Nations League – “their first defeat since November 2018.”
🇧🇪 Belgium stay top 🔝
🇲🇹 Malta the biggest climbers 📈
🇦🇷 Argentina boosted by #WCQ wins 💪
— FIFA.com (@FIFAcom) October 22, 2020
The top 10 continues with England, Portugal, Spain, Urugual, Argentina, Croatia and Colombia – with fan favourites Italy and Germany in 12th and 14th place respectively.
This is definitely an encouraging development for Local Football which seems to be exciting us all again, following recent changes. In UEFA’s Nations League Malta still has to face Andorra, on the 14th November, and Faroe Islands on the 17th November.
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