FIFA Rankings: Spain Consolidate on Top, Brazil Climb Swiftly

Defending World Cup champions Spain lead the list, ahead of fellow Europeans Germany and Portugal while Brazil make the biggest jump of all the major teams.

Updated: May 08, 2014 18:12 IST
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Paris: World Cup hosts Brazil moved up two places to fourth in the new FIFA world rankings released on Thursday, making the biggest jump of the major teams. Spain remain top of the pile ahead of fellow Europeans Germany and Portugal.

Having dropped to a record low of 22 only 11 months ago, Brazil are now again the top team in South America, moving above Colombia and Uruguay.

The final FIFA rankings before the World Cup starts on June 12 will be published on June 5.

FIFA rankings as of May 8:

1. Spain

2. Germany

3. Portugal

4. Brazil (1 place)

5. Colombia (-1)

6. Uruguay (-1)

7. Argentina (-1)

8. Switzerland

9. Italy

10. Greece

11. England

12. Belgium

13. Chile (1)

14. United States (-1)

15. Netherlands

16. France

17. Ukraine

18. Russia

19. Mexico

20. Croatia

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