Germany Return to Top of FIFA Rankings, Brazil Slip to Seventh

Germany returned to the number one position for the first time in 20 years. Spain, who failed to make it to the knockout stage, slipped to eighth place.

Updated: July 17, 2014 19:24 IST
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Germany celebrate after beating France in the FIFA World Cup quarters.

Germany celebrate after beating France in the FIFA World Cup quarters.


Paris: Germany's charge to claim Sunday's World Cup title has seen them return to the top of FIFA's world rankings for the first time in around 20 years.

The latest list, published on Thursday, has Germany moving up one place on the strength of their 1-0 defeat of Argentina at Rio de Janeiro's Maracana.

Lionel Messi's Argentina are placed second, an improvement of three places, with the Netherlands leaping 12 rungs into third after their impressive World Cup third place finish.

The James Rodriguez-inspired Colombia move up to fourth (+4), ahead of Belgium (+6) and Uruguay while disappointing Brazil dropped four spots to seventh. (Also read: Argentina Give Pope Francis Signed Jersey)

Deposed world champions Spain slumped seven spots to their new modest placing of eighth, with Switzerland and France (+7) completing the top ten. (Related: Germany's Victory Dance Taunting Argentina Draws Fire)

Costa Rica's remarkable charge to the quarter-finals was rewarded with a jump of 12 places to 16th.

England's woeful first round exit resulted in Roy Hodgson's side dropping ten places to 20th.

Latest FIFA rankings

1. Germany (+1)

2. Argentina (+3)

3. Netherlands (+12)

4. Colombia (+4)

5. Belgium (+6)

6. Uruguay (+1)

7. Brazil (-4)

8. Spain (-7)

9. Switzerland (-3)

10. France (+7)

11. Portugal (-7)

12. Chile (+2)

13. Greece (-1)

14. Italy (-5)

15. USA (-2)

16. Costa Rica (+12)

17. Croatia (+1)

18. Mexico (+2)

19. Bosnia and Hercegovina (+2)

20. England (-10)

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