France might be World Cup champions, but Thursday morning it discovered it is sharing the top spot in the FIFA men’s world rankings.
For the first time in the ranking’s 25-year history, two teams are tied for No. 1 — France and Belgium.
Two wins for the Belgians, who were in second place, including their first in the UEFA Nations League over Iceland (36th, down 4), brought them level with Les Bleus (first, unchanged) on 1729 points. The only other change in the top 10 saw Denmark (10th, down 1) slip below Spain (ninth, unchanged).
The U.S. was unchanged, remaining No. 22, while Mexico moved up a spot from 16th to 15th.
Outside of the top 10, two Nations League wins for Ukraine (29th, up six) over Czech Republic (47th, down 3) and Slovakia (26th, unchanged) means that they are the month’s biggest movers, while Germany (12th, up 3) have started to edge back toward the upper reaches.
The biggest leap in terms of points is in Africa, however, with Kenya (107th, up 5) clinching 22 points – 17.9 of which thanks to a 1-0 win over Ghana (51st, down 6) in CAF Africa Cup of Nations qualifying. As a result of that defeat to Kenya, the Black Stars join Slovenia (61st, down 6) as the biggest fallers of the month.
Among the 154 matches played over the past month, the CONCACAF Nations League qualifiers have also resulted in some notable climbs, with Nicaragua (128th, up 4), St Lucia (166th, up 4), Belize (160th, up 3) and Aruba (185th, up 3) all moving up the table. Meanwhile, Lebanon (77th, up 2), Luxembourg (82nd, up 3) and Kosovo (138th, up 3) – the latter courtesy of its first competitive win – are in their highest ranking position.
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The next ranking will be published Oct. 25.