FIFA Announces New World Soccer Rankings
ZURICH — FIFA announced its new world rankings today, three days after the World Cup Final was played in South Africa. To nobody's surprise, World Cup winner Spain is No. 1, while runner-up Netherlands moves up to second.
Brazil, a perennial power, slipped to third. Germany, a team that looked poised to win it all until it was knocked out in the semifinals, climbs to No. 4. Argentina, Uruguay, England, Portugal, Egypt and Chile round out the top 10.
(Note: Egypt? Egypt didn't even qualify for the World Cup.)
The biggest jump by any country was New Zealand, which climbed 24 spots to No. 54.
The U.S. crept up one spot to 13th.
Perhaps the two biggest disappointments at the World Cup, Italy and France, dropped to No. 11 and No. 21 respectively.