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Belgium Football team came at number one position in the end-of-the-year FIFA global rankings. Belgium managed to stay at the top with one point more than the current World Champions France. Belgium has 1727 points in the rankings whereas France which came at second rank has 1726 points. France had beaten Belgium in the semi-finals of the FIFA World Cup 2018 to reach the finals.
Brazil came at third rank with 1676 points. Croatia has been ranked at the fourth spot and England claimed the fifth rank. Portugal came at 6th and Uruguay at 7th rank in the rankings. Switzerland, Spain and Denmark complete the Top 10 teams by claiming 8th, 9th and 10th spot respectively.
The teams of Argentina, Germany and Italy bagged the 11th, 16th and 18th rank and finishes the year outside the top 10. France has been adjudged as the 2018’s Best Mover team by FIFA. The football team of Kosovo, which is ranked 131st in the list, are the year’s biggest climbers as Kosovo moved up 46 places in the rankings in 2018.
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Retired judge of Delhi High Court Justice Mukul Mudgal has been elected as the Chairman of FIFA Governance committee at the FIFA’s 67th Congress held in Bahrain’s capital city of Manama.
Justice Mudgal was proposed for the vacant position by the FIFA Council after former chief Miguel Maduro was removed for his role in allegedly blocking Russian World Cup official Vitaly Mutko from retaining his seat on ruling council. Justice Mudgal will have a term of office of four years which would come into effect immediately.
Olli Rehn of Finland has been elected as Justice Mudgal’s deputy. Olli Rehn is the former Vice-President of the European Commission.
Justice Mudgal has served as the Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court from 2009 to 2011. in May last year, he was appointed as Deputy Chairman of the governance committee during the FIFA Congress in Mexico.