Brazil up to third as England return to top 10 in latest Fifa Ranking

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Brazil have climbed to third
place in the latest Fifa
Ranking table – the last
before the World Cup gets
under way – behind the
unchanged top two of
Germany and Spain .
Luiz Felipe Scolari’s side have leapfrogged Portugal,
who slip down to fourth, following their results up to
and including May 30.
Argentina have climbed two places into fifth, with
Switzerland one spot behind them having moved
ahead of Colombia and Uruguay.
Italy remain ninth, while England return to the top 10
at the expense of Greece, who slip to 12th.
Elsewhere, Palestine have climbed a staggering 71
places to reach their highest-ever position of 94th,
after claiming glory in the AFC Challenge Cup and
reaching the final of the AFC Asian Cup.
France, meanwhile, have slipped to 17th after
Ukraine – the side they beat to reach the World Cup
finals – climbed one place above them, while Algeria
are the highest-ranked African nation after climbing
three places into 22nd as Cote d’Ivoire slipped to
23rd. Nigeria remain 44th.
Taking into account the average points tallies and
table positions of the teams, Group D (Italy, England,
Uruguay and Costa Rica) is the strongest World Cup
group along with Group G (Germany, Portugal,
Ghana, USA).
“The results of 112 ‘A’ international matches have
been taken into account for the current edition of the
ranking, with 67 friendly matches plus continental
qualifiers in CAF (26 matches), the AFC (16) and
Concacaf (3) being played up to May 30,” a
statement released by Fifa confirms.
The next Ranking will be published on July 17.

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