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Norway with trousers on the FIFA ranking: Best in seven years

The Norwegian men’s national football team is five places up in the FIFA rankings after good results in the Nations League. It is the highest ranking in seven years.

Norway with trousers on the FIFA ranking: Best in seven years
GOING UP: Erling Braut Haaland scored five goals in four games in the first four games of the Nations League. It has paid off.

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Norway has climbed up to 36th place rankings over the best national teams in the world. One has to go back to 2015 the last time the national team was so high up. Then they were in 34th place.

It is the good results in the Nations League (10 of 12 points against Sweden x2, Slovenia and Serbia) that make the Norwegian national team overtake Canada, Hungary, Cameroon, Egypt and Scotland.

A total of 24 teams will go to the European Championships to be held in Germany in the summer of 2024. Germany is qualified as a host nation, so then there are 23 places left.

As many as 20 of these are awarded through the ordinary European Championship qualification.

  • The qualifiers are divided into ten groups, the two best in each of them go to the European Championships.
  • The draw for the groups will take place on October 9 in Frankfurt, one month after the Nations League group stage has been completed.

The draw for the European Championship qualifiers is 9 October. Which seeding Norway gets depends on the Nations League ranking, and right now Norway is preparing for a dream seeding.

CLIMBER: The good results in the Nations League mean that Norway is in 17th place in the ranking.

The national team is likely to end up at the second highest level, and can thus get away with only one major nation as a competitor. In comparison, Sweden will most likely end up at level three after its weak Nations League summer.

The last time the men’s national football team qualified for a championship – the European Championships in 2000 – Norway was the top seed. In all European Championship qualifiers since then, Norway has been seeded at the third level.

– Winning the Nations League pool pays off. It means a lot for seeding and the European Championship draw. In addition, it gives an extra chance to qualify for the European Championships, says Truls Dæhli, acting elite director of NFF.

Norway has on two occasions been in second place in the FIFA rankings. First in October 1993 and later in July 1995. The weakest position was in 2016, when Norway was in 83rd place in the ranking.

Brazil overtakes Belgium in the FIFA rankings and is ranked as the world’s best national team. Copa América winner Argentina goes up another place from the previous ranking, after they climbed a place after the championship as well. They are in 3rd place. European champion Italy drops from 6th to 7th place.

Top ten nations:

1) Brazil 1837.56, 2) Belgium 1821.92, 3) Argentina 1770.65, 4) France 1764.85, 5) England 1737.46, 6) Spain 1716.93, 7) Italy 1713.86, 8 ) Netherlands 1679.41, 9) Portugal 1678.65, 10) Denmark 1665.47.

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