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Argentinawill not take over at the top of FIFAs World Ranking this month -- despite defeating France to win the World Cup for the first time since 1986.
South American rivalsBrazilhave held the No. 1 position since February, when they deposedBelgiumat the summit. But even though theSelecaofailed to make it past the quarterfinals, Argentinas results havent been enough to overtaken them.
Brazil won three games at the World Cup, lost toCameroonand suffered a penalty shootout defeat at the hands ofCroatia.
Argentina, meanwhile, won four games, lost one toSaudi Arabiaand were twice victorious on penalties --including the final on Sunday as they beat France 4-2 on spot kicks.
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Argentina won the Copa America in 2021 and are now world champions, but its not enough for the No. 1 spot. Shootout successes are worth far fewer ranking points than regulation-time wins. If either Argentina orFrancehad won the final within 120 minutes they would have gone to No. 1, but a penalty shootout guaranteed that Brazil could not be overtaken.
Argentina and France both move up one place into second and third respectively, while Belgium slide down two places to fourth after failing to make it beyond the group stage.Englandstay in fifth, with fellow quarterfinalistsNetherlandsup two places into sixth.
Croatias run to a third-place finish at the World Cup sees them as the biggest climbers into the top 10, up five places from 12th.Italy, who failed to make it to Qatar, drop two spots to eighth.Portugalare unchanged in ninth, withSpaindown three places to 10th.
The biggest climbers areMoroccoandAustralia, who both rose 11 places. Both countries massively overperformed, with fourth-place Morocco now the top-ranked African team in 11th and Australia, which made the round of 16, up to 27th. Its not Moroccos highest-ever ranking, as they were 10th in 1998, but as recently as 2015 they were as low as 92nd.
Cameroon also enjoy a big rise of 10 places up to 33rd, thanks to their win over Brazil.
TheUnited Statestakes over as the top-ranking CONCACAF team, up three places into 13th asMexicofalls two into 15th.
Canadaand Qatar are the biggest fallers, both dropping 12 places into 53rd and 62nd respectively.Walesslump nine spots into 28th;Denmarkare down eight into 18th andSerbiadrop eight to 29th.
The new FIFA World Ranking, which is a rolling assessment of results weighted for importance, will be officially published on Thursday.