Belgium crowned 'Team of the Year' in latest FIFA rankings as Europe’s dominance diminishes
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Belgium crowned 'Team of the Year' in latest FIFA rankings as Europe’s dominance diminishes

Belgium have been crowned FIFA 'Team of the Year' for the second year running, following the latest ranking released by the governing body. 

The Red Devils had a stellar year, and their efforts have been rewarded as they stand atop the rankings, followed by World champions France and Brazil in that order. 

These are the same position the sides held in December 2018, even though England has disrupted the top-five make-up from last year, squeezing themselves to fourth as Uruguay complete the best five. 

Generally, Europe's dominance has diminished, with teams from other continents making inroads into the top 50 and 100 categories, with most European teams dropping out.

Qatar, who will be hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup earned ‘Mover of the Year’ tag following their success through the year, winning the AFC Asian Cup and making a strong start to the Asian Zone World Cup qualifiers.

Their success earned them a massive 138 points, climbing a year-high 38 places.

Algeria, who won the Africa Cup of Nations in June, are also among the most improved teams, moving up 32 places, while Japan scaled 22 places. 

Top 10 ranking

  • Belgiu
  • Frane
  • Brazil
  • England
  • Uruguay
  • Croatia
  • Portugal
  • Spain
  • Aregentina
  • Columbia