SPORTS Belgium crowned FIFA Team of Year 2019

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Belgium crowned FIFA Team of Year 2019

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14:58, December 21, 2019


Vincent Kompany of Belgium celebrates his team's first goal, an own goal scored by Fernandinho of Brazil (not pictured) during the FIFA World Cup quarterfinal match in Kazan, Russia, July 6, 2018. (Photo: CGTN)

Football's world governing body said Thursday that Belgium is the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking's Team of the Year for the second successive time.

The team, known as the Red Devils, had held on to top spot in a December table barely impacted by just 19 friendlies toward the end of a year in which 1,082 international "A" matches have been played – an all-time high since the ranking's 1993 inception.

World champions France remain in the second place ahead of Brazil in third, the positions they held in December 2018, but the make-up of the year-end top five has changed, said FIFA in a statement.

According to the ranking, the "Mover of the Year" is Qatar.

"The 2022 FIFA World Cup hosts gained an impressive 138 points over the course of a year in which they won the AFC Asian Cup and made a strong start to the Asian Zone World Cup qualifiers," says FIFA.

China dropped one place to 76th.

Top 10 men's ranking

Belgium

France

Brazil

England

Uruguay

Croatia

Portugal

Spain

Argentina

Colombia

Top 10 women's ranking

US

Germany

Netherlands

France

Sweden

England

Australia

Canada

Brazil

Japan

(With input from Xinhua)

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