Our national team has had better days – and much less.
But with the defeat to France in the Nations League, there is a good chance that the Red Devils will soon lose their first place in the FIFA rankings. An honorary title that Roberto Martinez likes to break down among others.
A loss to France didn’t cost Belgium any points – because the Final Four is the knockout stage of a major tournament – but it didn’t. If the Red Devils fall again against Italy, the counter will remain at 1,832.33 points – the same number of points as in the previous standings in September.
The problem with that is that the Red Devils are already starting to feel the hot breath of Brazil in their necks. De Seleção cut the difference to twenty points last month (1,832 to 1,812) and with the World Cup qualifier win against Venezuela (1-3) the five-times world champion now stands at 1,816.48 points, with two other international points ahead. Matches will be held in the coming days.
The first leg will follow in Colombia on Sunday and the second leg against Uruguay on Thursday. With two victories, the Brazilians then reach 1,832.99 and the points after the decimal point skip the Belgians. So the conditions for that are Belgium defeat in Turin and two Brazilian victories in the World Cup qualifiers.
Suddenly he gives the match against the Italians an extra dimension. “Obviously this arrangement is important to us,” national team coach Roberto Martinez said on Saturday. “We’ve been number one in the world for three years and we want to stay that way.”
The Red Devils have held first place in the FIFA rankings since September 20, 2018. They also received this honor from November 2015 to March 2016. This is a matter of scorn here and there, because the Golden Generation cup treasury remains empty and the chance of success with the group of elderly players is getting smaller and smaller.
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