Belgium rises to fourth in world rankings but Spain drops to 10th

Belgium rises to fourth in world rankings but Spain drops to 10th

Published Oct. 23, 2014 6:52 a.m. ET

Belgium has moved into the top four of the FIFA monthly rankings for the first time and former World Cup winner Spain has dropped to 10th following a loss to Slovakia in a European Championship qualifier.

The top three positions remain the same on Thursday. Despite a tough start to its Euro 2016 qualifying campaign, World Cup winner Germany is first ahead of runner-up Argentina, then Colombia.

Two-time defending European champion Spain has slipped back two places.

Belgium's rise coincides with the Netherlands going from fourth to fifth after losing Euro 2016 qualifiers to the Czech Republic and Iceland.


Brazil keeps sixth place and France rises two places to seventh, but it is unlikely to stay there for long because it does not have any competitive matches between now and Euro 2016, which it is hosting.

Portugal gains two places to move into ninth spot, putting Cristiano Ronaldo's team back in the top 10 for the first time since July.

Italy is 11th and Switzerland, which has lost qualifiers to England and Slovenia, falls two places to 12th.

Algeria, which gave Germany such a tough match in the second round of the World Cup, is the highest placed African team, rising five places to 15th.

United States, drew with both Ecuador and Honduras in friendlies in October, has dropped six places to 23rd. 

England, which failed to qualify from the group stage at the World Cup, drops from 18th to 20th.