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The Canadian man has moved up two places to No. 41 in the latest FIFA rankings

Canada has moved up two places to No. 41 in the latest FIFA rankings ahead of next month’s World Cup.

The Canadian men, who topped CONCACAF in the final round of qualifying, will go to Qatar as the fourth-ranked team covering North and Central America and the Caribbean, behind No. 13 Mexico, No. 16 Americans and ninth. 31 Costa Rica.

Brazil’s top-ranked Belgium, which is Canada’s first opponent at the World Cup, is unchanged from Brazil’s top five. Belgium beat the Netherlands in the Nations League.

Argentina is third, followed by France and England. Italy swaps places with Spain, moving to sixth place in the top 10 with the Netherlands, Portugal and Denmark.

Croatia and Morocco, Canada’s other first-round opponents in Qatar, have both moved up in the rankings. Croatia moved three places to number 12 and Morocco one place to number 22.

Canadian men reached their all-time high of No. 33 in February 2022, eclipsing their previous top 40.

Canada was in 94th place, sandwiched between Gabon and the Faroe Islands, when John Herdman took over as coach in January 2018. The Canadians then finished 10th among CONCACAF nations, trailing Mexico, the United States, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Panama, and Haiti. , Honduras, Curacao, and Trinidad and Tobago.

Canada’s lowest ranking was 122 in both August and October 2014.

A total of 53 UEFA Nations League matches and 119 friendlies have been played in the final international break before the World Cup, which starts on 20 November.

The biggest movers in the new rankings were the teams that didn’t qualify for Qatar. Scotland and Azerbaijan moved up five places, to No. 40 and No. 123 respectively.

The Canadian women, gold medalists at last summer’s Tokyo Olympics, are currently ranked sixth by FIFA.

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