Canada and Qatar have some things in common when it comes to beautiful games.
Along with the United States and Mexico, Canada will host the next men’s edition of the FIFA World Cup in 2026.
Both Canada and Qatar hold the dubious distinction of being the only teams to fail to score a single point in the 2022 tournament.
This helps explain why these two countries lose the most places in the upcoming FIFA Men’s World Rankings.
When the next FIFA rankings are released on Thursday, Canada and Qatar will drop 12 spots below any other nation. According to ESPN’s Dale JohnsonBoth countries fall out of the top 50 and Canada falls to 53rd. Qatar is 62nd.
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In Qatar, five nations failed to win the match, including Wales, Denmark and Serbia. Not surprisingly, they’re all down too.
Wales dropped nine places to 28th, Denmark dropped eight places to 18th, and Serbia dropped eight places to 29th.
Despite losing in the quarterfinals, Brazil retains the top spot in the men’s world rankings. He is followed by Argentina (2nd) and France (3rd), with World Cup winners and runners-up each advancing him one spot.
The USA is now the top team in CONCACAF, moving up three spots to 13th. Mexico dropped two spots to 15th.
Canada’s men’s national team has skyrocketed in the FIFA rankings since 2017 when it was ranked 120th. Canada set an all-time men’s record in his February, taking her 33rd place in the world. Before Qatar he rose again to 41st after the team dropped to 43rd in his June.
Top 20 in the new FIFA rankings by ESPN:
- united states of america