FIFA World Rankings – November 2021 – Top 32

Thirty-two teams will play at the FIFA World Cup in Qatar in 2022. A year before the tournament the top 32 ranked teams were (* = qualified for Qatar by end of November 2021): 

1
Belgium
Belgium *
2
Brazil
Brazil *
3
France
France *
4
England
England *
5
Argentina
Argentina *
6
Italy
Italy   
7
Spain
Spain *
8
Portugal
Portugal
9
Denmark
Denmark *
10
Netherlands
Netherlands *
11
Germany
Germany *
12
USA
USA   
13
Switzerland
Switzerland *
14
Mexico
Mexico
15
Croatia
Croatia *
16
Colombia
Colombia
17
Uruguay
Uruguay
18
Sweden
Sweden
19
Wales
Wales
20
Senegal
Senegal
21
IR Iran
IR Iran
22
Peru
Peru   
23
Serbia
Serbia *
24
Chile
Chile 
25
Ukraine
Ukraine
26
Japan
Japan
27
Poland
Poland
28
Morocco
Morocco
29
Tunisia
Tunisia
30
Austria
Austria
31
Czech Republic
Czech Republic
32
Algeria
Algeria

On the Spot!

JD Football has created a study that looks at where players typically aim to score and which parts of the net have the most success rate based on the penalty habits of current World Cup players.

JD Football has used the data from 315 penalties to gather an average and also includes the direction that goalkeepers typically dive or go toward.

Amongst the key findings are:

  • Most penalties are both saved and scored in the bottom left
  • 49% of penalties were saved to the left third of the net
  • 76% of keepers went either left or right, with fewer staying middle
  • The top left has the highest guarantee of scoring although most players are reluctant to take the risk
  • Just 12% of penalties were scored in the top corners of the net
  • Most penalties were scored in the bottom left of the goal 
  • The fewest penalties are scored in the top centre 

 

For more information visit the JD Sports blog.

How much Data in needed to watch the 2018 World Cup

According to Fonehouse, one of the UK’s leading independent mobile phone retailers, they have calculated how much mobile data football fans will need to stream the 2018 FIFA World Cup on their smartphones.

With many games scheduled at times when fans may be at work or on the move, it is highly likely, according to Fonehouse, that they will opt to stream the matches over their mobile data in an effort to catch all of the action. But how much data does it really take to stream the World Cup and follow your team on your mobile phone?

The biggest data requirements will probably come from the top ranked teams such as Argentina, Brazil, France  and Germany. which Fonehouse predict will play an estimated seven games each. If so, football fans will need at least 3.15GB of data available to stream and see them play. Of course, if any of the big teams are unexpectedly knocked out in the early stages of the tournament, this number will decrease significantly.

Other big data demands and expected to come from Spain, Portugal and Belgium.

England fans, according to Fonehouse, will be pleased, or maybe not so pleased if it means that Gareth Southgate’s squad get knocked out in the early stages, to learn that they may only need around 1.8GB of data to stream the England games. But if England go deeper into the tournament then its fans will be using up a lot more data to watch the team play.

To watch all the 2018 World Cup action, Fonehouse estimate fans will need nearly 30GB of data.

In the UK the 2018 FIFA World Cup will be shown on both the BBC and ITV, meaning that fans can conveniently download the BBC iPlayer app and the ITV Hub app to their smartphones to ensure that they don’t miss any of the action.

Brazil’s squad for Russia

Brazil’s manager, Tite, has announced a squad of 23 players for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. They are:

Goalkeepers: Alisson (Roma), Cássio (Corinthians) and Ederson (Manchester City).

Defenders: Danilo (Manchester City), Fagner (Corinthians), Filipe Luis (Atlético de Madrid), Marcelo (Real Madrid), Marquinhos (PSG), Miranda (Inter de Milão), Pedro Geromel (Grêmio) and Thiago Silva (PSG).

Midfielders: Casemiro (Real Madrid), Fernandinho (Manchester City), Fred (Shakhtar Donetsk), Paulinho (Barcelona), Philippe Coutinho (Barcelona), Renato Augusto (Beijing Guoan) and Willian (Chelsea).

Forwards: Douglas Costa (Juventus), Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City), Neymar (PSG), Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) and Taison (Shakhtar Donetsk).

The squad is set to meet up in Brazil on 21 May before moving on to England on 27 May where they will play Croatia in Liverpool on 3 June. The squad moves to its base in Russia, in Sochi, on 11 June, with its first group game against Switzerland set for 17 June.

US TV Schedule for FIFA World Cup

In the US Fox Sport will air 38 games live on the broadcast network, more than the previous four World Cups combined and the most ever for an English-language network. In all, it will air more than 350 hours of World Cup programming. All 64 games will be live-streamed via Fox Sports Go and Fox Soccer Match Pass. Both the opening game and the final will screen on Fox, both live at 11 AM ET.

Telemundo and its cable network Universo will broadcast all 64 games live in the US; 56 airing on Telemundo and eight on Universo, with Spanish language commentary.

For the US TV Schedule Click Here

Brazil wins Copa America Femenina

Brazil has won the Copa America Femenina and in the process has qualified for the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France in 2019 (for the 8th consecutive time) and the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament in Tokyo in 2020. Brazil played seven games in the Copa America , won seven, scoring 31 goals and conceding just two.

Chile has taken the second spot for the World Cup, but will have a play off with an African nation for a spot at the Toky Olympics.