We are a few days before the end of 2019, and FIFA has already revealed the final ranking of the best teams this year. Within the top 10, there are four selections from Latin America, and from LatinAmerican Post we show you the top ten places.
Players of the Spanish soccer team. / Photo: twitter.com/sefutbol
LatinAmerican Post | Laura Viviana Guevara Muñoz
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Listed by FIFA as the 'national team of the year', the Belgian national team was consolidated for the second time in first place with 1765 points. The group is led by the Spaniard Roberto Martínez, who has kept them on a winning streak because out of ten games they played on the road to the European Championship, they won all ten.
Footballers who also participated in the Brazil 2014 World Cup, such as Eden Hazard, Thibaut Courtois, Dries Mertens, Toby Alderweireld, among others, allow the cohesion of the national team. Now they will face Russia on June 13, when Euro 2020 starts.
The current world champion is ranked in second place, position in which he also finished last year. With 1733, the French team will continue its preparation on the way not only to the European Championship but to the World Cup in Qatar 2022, where it will defend the title.
As confirmed on December 10, coach Didier Deschamps will remain in charge of the selection until after the next World Cup. Qualifying for this championship will be "your fifth final phase of a selection competition," according to Fox News. Deschamps, also became the coach who has directed more games: 100.
The current champion of the Copa América, and one of the world soccer powers, is in third place with 1712. Like the first two teams, the Brazilian team is in third place for the second time in a row. The challenge of this team will be to keep their trophy in the next Copa América of 2020.
Meanwhile, the current director of the national team, 'Tite', revealed that he hopes to try new players for his time in the Copa América. "We have thought about that, that the Copa América serves as a testing laboratory," according to Diario Deportivo.
The English team ascends one position and finishes the year in the fourth position with 1661 points. Now it is expected that the English team, and which was favored, emerges from their group D as a favorite as they will face Croatia, Czech Republic and a team that leaves the playoffs.
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The Uruguayan team climbed two steps to reach fifth place with 1645 points. The team hopes to start next year with the World Cup qualifiers facing Chile and Ecuador in March 2020, before starting with the Copa América, they will be guided by the hand of coach Óscar Tabárez.
From the hand of one of the stars of Real Madrid, Luka Modrić, the Croatian team ranked sixth with 1642 points. As we already mentioned, Croatia is in the same group as England, and that is why it will be the first confrontation of both teams in the European Championship.
According to the coach, Zlatko Dalic, England starts with more advantage than his team, because "We are a new team compared to the World Cup," in statements collected by The Guardian. He also referred to the England team as a strong team "with many young players".
The team led by Cristiano Ronaldo is in seventh position with 1639 points. The Portuguese will have an interesting European Championship since France and Germany are among its first rivals.
The current European Championship champion will defend his title with the world champions, while he will face a German team that has slowly lowered his pace, just remember his performance in Russia 2018.
The Spanish team is in eighth position with 1636 points. The Spanish team is in charge of Luis Enrique Martínez, who will face Germany in a friendly match before the start of the Eurocup.
La @SeFutbol Sala ya conoce días y horas de sus encuentros en la Elite Round de Serbia, donde España buscará la única plaza disponible de clasificación directa para el Mundial 2020.— Selección Española de Fútbol (@SeFutbol) December 20, 2019
In this, the Spanish team will be measured against Poland, Sweden, and the winning team of the playoffs. In this way, Martínez was able to avoid the death group (France, Germany, and Portugal), and ensure with rivals that, it is hoped, will facilitate the passage to the next round.
Lionel Messi arrives in the penultimate position, commanding his Argentine team, which has 1623 points. The national team is one of the favorites to keep the Copa América title, something Messi desires without a doubt.
The previous thing considering that, although in Spain Messi has reaped innumerable triumphs, with the selection of Argentina, the titles are few. In this way, Argentina will face Paraguay, Bolivia, Uruguay, and Chile.
The Colombian team manages to close the year as one of the best teams in the number ten position with 1622, a minimal difference with the Argentine national team. The last two countries on this list will be co-hosts of the Copa América and the debut of Carlos Queiroz, Colombia's coach, is expected to rise.
However, the constant trips to different cities of the country, with different heights, could play against the coffee selection. The national team will face Ecuador, Venezuela, Peru, Brazil and Qatar.