ZAGREB, 16 September 2021 – Croatia have climbed one place in the latest FIFA World Rankings which was released on Thursday, September 16.
After two 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifying victories over Slovakia and Slovenia, and a draw against Russia, Zlatko Dalić’s side has started its climb back up the global rankings and is now ranked 17th in the world.
Belgium remain the world’s number one ranked team, whilst Brazil is in second place. England have climbed to third place, with World Champions France in fourth. European Champions Italy is 5th.
Of Croatia’s rivals in qualifying group H, Russia advanced four places and is now in 37th place, while Slovakia is 38th. Slovenia has advanced two places and is now 64th in the world. Cyprus, Croatia’s next opponent in qualifiers, has dropped four places and is now 103rd. Malta has advanced six places and is in 171st position.
The changes in the FIFA rankings are the result of 152 World Cup 2022 qualifiers and 25 friendly matches played around the world in the first half of September. The next FIFA rankings will be announced on October 21st.
Croatia continue their Road to Qatar 2022 in October when they play Cyprus away on October 8 and Slovakia at home on October 11.