FIFA rankings: Spain improve lead, Brazil hit all-time low

by FP Sports  Jul 5, 2012 18:23 IST

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The UEFA EURO 2012 and OFC Nations Cup have clearly left their mark on the current edition of the FIFA World Ranking.

Spain have managed to extend their lead significantly by defending their European title, while finalists Italy (6th, up 6) have also been richly rewarded for their performances in Poland and Ukraine with a return to the top ten.

Defeated semi-finalists Portugal (5th, up 5) and Germany (2nd, up 1) have equally seen improvements in their positions, as have England (4th, up 2), Greece (12th, up 3), Czech Republic (18th, up 9) and hosts Poland (54th, up 8) and Ukraine (46th, up 6).

Spain have increased their hold on the top spot. Reuters

Spain have increased their hold on the top spot. Reuters

The Netherlands, on the other hand, have slipped down (8th, down 4), while Brazil (11th, down 6), currently sit in their lowest position since the start of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking.

Thanks to their surprising victory at the OFC Nations Cup, Eddy Etaeta’s Tahiti have made great progress, climbing 41 spots to currently occupy 138th and securing their spot in next year’s FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil.

A total of 133 international 'A' matches have been played in recent weeks, made up of 31 EURO 2012 matches, 60 qualifiers for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, 15 CAF Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, and 27 friendlies.

All of these contests have clearly reshuffled the global ladder, with only 22 of the 208 ranked teams holding their position from the previous month, while 85 teams have moved up the table and 101 have dropped at least one place.

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