Brazil Reclaim Top FIFA Ranking ahead of World Cup

3rd May 2010 | World Cup Betting category: Football World Cup News
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European Champions Spain have been knocked off the top of the current FIFA rankings by South American’s Brazil. Spain have been the Number One ranked team in the world for almost six months, thanks to their sheer dominance in Europe over the past couple of years, which took them to the summit. Whatever “the devaluation of past results” means exactly, for that is the explanation given by FIFA for the current rankings changes, is anyone’s guess, because the world’s top teams have not been in competitive action since the end of qualification. It is all to do with placing more impetous on the meaningful successful results which teams have obtained, as opposed to any poor defeats.

Spain are favourites to win South Africa 2010 according to World Cup odds, and the Brazilians have been close behind them in the betting all the way. This recent shift will of course do nothing for the teams at the World Cup, it may only effect moral. Looking at the new rankings list, Cristiano Ronaldo may be somewhat shocked, and betting on Portugal at the World Cup may start increasing, as they have jumped up to third place. This is the loftiest position the Portugese have ever held in the world standings, and it is all in stark contrast to the difficulties they had trying to get to South Africa 2010.

The shuffling of places have naturally effected England, who haven’t kicked a ball in anger for some time now either. They went into the World Cup draw Ranked as number seven in the World, but with all of the movers and shakers in the FIFA World Rankings, Fabio Capello’s men have slipped down a place to occupy eighth. This is all down to the rise of Argentina, who jumped up two spots to push England back a spot. With World Cup fixtures almost upon us, this confirms the hint of how strong the South Americans really may be in South Africa 2010.

New Fifa world rankings (Top 10):
1. Brazil, 2. Spain, 3. Portugal, 4. Netherlands, 5. Italy, 6. Germany, 7. Argentina, 8. England, 9. Croatia, 10. France

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