Germany top rankings, Belgium rise to third


Germany's Toni Kroos controls the ball during the international friendly football match Germany against France in Cologne on November 14, 2017. The match ended 2-2.

JOHANNESBURG - World Cup holders Germany have retained the top spot in the FIFA men&39;s team rankings after the latest round of international matches while Belgium has climbed to third ahead of the 2018 finals in Russia.

A total of 133 matches were played in March, including international friendlies and 13 competitive games in the AFC Asian Cup.

Tunisia and Uruguay were among the big movers as they entered the top 20 while the matches in Asia helped Oman, Chinese Taipei and Philippines improve their rankings.

FIFA&39;s newest members Kosovo, who climbed 24 spots to 152nd, and Gibraltar, who leapt 10 spots to 196th, also benefited from friendly victories.

Top 10 rankings:

1. Germany

2. Brazil

3. Belgium

4. Portugal

5. Argentina

6. Switzerland

7. France

8. Spain

9. Chile 

10. Poland