Italy, Argentina climb FIFA ranking after trophy triumphs




Italy and Argentina have risen to fifth and sixth respectively in the FIFA World Ranking following their triumphs at Euro 2020 and the Copa America, while Belgium remain in top spot.
The Azzurri, who defeated England on penalties in the European Championship final at Wembley last month, climbed two places to fifth.


Argentina moved up two spots to sixth after winning the Copa America final against Brazil, who moved into second place and bumped world champions France into third.


Belgium, who were knocked out by Italy at the quarterfinal stage of the Euros, remain the top-ranked international team in the world, while defeated finalists England stay fourth.


The United States moved up 10 places into 10th place after winning the CONCACAF Gold Cup, while Mexico, who they defeated in the final, climbed two places into ninth.


Qatar were the biggest movers, ascending 16 places to reach 42nd spot after reaching the semi-finals of the Gold Cup, equalling their highest-ever ranking.


The next ranking update will be published on September 16.
Meanwhile, Australian football chiefs are formulating plans to host either the men’s 2030 or 2034 World Cup to build on the country’s successful bid for the women’s 2023 tournament, top officials said on Thursday.


The move follows Australia’s failed tilt for the 2022 event, which was funded with Aus$45 million (US$33 million) of taxpayer money but garnered just one vote, with Qatar controversially winning the race.


But Football Australia chief executive James Johnson believes the time could be right to try again, on the back of the joint hosting with New Zealand of the 2023 women’s World Cup and the country being awarded the 2032 Olympics in Brisbane.


“We’ll host a great competition in 2023,” he told The Australian newspaper.

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