It had to happen: Red Devils lost their first place in the FIFA ranking after 1,283 days

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The Red Devils have lost their first place in the FIFA world ranking after their draw (2-2) in the friendly against Ireland. It had been coming for a while, but Brazil, which on Thursday won 4-0 against Chile, now also officially jumps over the Belgian national team.

Jonas Withouck

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Brazil put pressure on the Belgians last Thursday by beating Chile in the South American World Cup qualifying round. The Red Devils had to beat Ireland to keep their first place, but gave up the win in minute 85. Due to the draw against Ireland, the Belgians were even deducted 3.14 points from the FIFA ranking, reducing their points number from 1,828.45 to 1825.31. Brazil has 1,829.78 points. The next official update from World Football Association FIFA will come on March 31.

The new standings:

1. Brazil 1,829.78 points

2. Belgium 1825.31

3 France 1,788.24

4 Argentina 1,772.08

5 England 1,755.52

6 Italy 1,720.58

7 Spain 1,704.75

8 Portugal 1,668.44

9 Denmark 1,654.54

10 Netherlands 1,653.73

Since 20 September 2018, the Red Devils have been continuously number one in the world rankings. That is exactly 1,283 ago. Only the legendary generations of Brazil (4,699 days) and Spain (1,959 days) were in the lead for longer. In any case, an impressive achievement and a milestone in the history of Belgian football.

FIFA ranking number of days in the lead (since 1992):

1. Brazil 4,699 days

2. Spain 1959

3. Belgium 1,283

4. Germany 1,148

5. Argentina 770

6. France 448

7. Italy 188

8. Netherlands 28

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