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Brazil will be the highest ranked team at the 2022 tournament

Brazil will enter this year’s World Cup as the top-ranked team after extending their lead over second-placed Belgium in the FIFA rankings released on Thursday.

They are the only nation to have appeared in every World Cup final and will enter next month’s tournament in Qatar in search of a record sixth crown.

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Brazil won their two warm-up matches in September, against Ghana and Tunisia, while Belgium lost to the Netherlands in one of their two UEFA Nations League matches.

Argentina remained No. 3 and France, the 2018 world champions, remained No. 4.

The World Cup in Qatar begins on November 20.

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Qatar will be the 50th ranked team, just ahead of 51st Saudi Arabia. Ghana will be the lowest ranked team at No.61.

World Cup Group B is the strongest in terms of standings with all four teams in the top 20 – England No.5, USA No.16, Wales No.19 and England Iran No. 20.

Italy moved up a spot to No. 6 and are the highest-ranked side that have failed to qualify for the World Cup, missing back-to-back editions. Spain fell one place to No.7, with the Netherlands, Portugal and Denmark remaining unchanged to complete the top 10.

Germany, the 2014 world champions, are No. 11, just ahead of Croatia, runners-up in 2018.

Additionally, Russia moved up two spots to No. 33 despite not playing a recognized game in 2022 because the national team was suspended following the country’s invasion of Ukraine.

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