Germany top first FIFA world rankings post 2014 World Cup

Germany ChampionsThe new four-time world champions, Germany, top the first post-tournament FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking. The World Cup Final against Agentina was also a duel for the leading position in the world ranking – with Joachim Low’s team coming out on top on both counts.

Germany top the table for the first time in around 20 years, followed by Argentina and the Netherlands. Holland’s third-place finish at the World Cup has lifted them 12 positions up the table and back into the top ten. All of the teams that were knocked out of the World Cup in the quarter-finals have climbed up the ranking: Colombia (fourth, up four), Belgium  (fifth, up six), France (tenth, up seven) and Costa Rica (16th, up 12 – the country’s highest-ever ranking).

If the winners have gained, the less successful teams are left counting the cost of failure in terms of ranking positions. Former champions Spain have fallen from the top spot to eighth place, with Portugal 11th, down seven; Italy 14th, down five; and England 20th, down ten. Despite reaching the semi-finals, World Cup hosts Brazil have dropped four places to seventh position.

The results of 111 international “A” matches have been taken into account for the current edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking, of which 64 were played at the World Cup, 46 were friendlies and one was a CONCACAF continental qualifier. In this qualifier for the CONCACAF Gold Cup 2015, Turks and Caicos Islands (181st, up 26) celebrated their first victory in over six years against the British Virgin Islands, lifting them off the bottom of the table. The total number of international “A” matches taken into account by FIFA so far this year is now 362.

The world’s top 50 ranked countries on 17 July 2014 following the World Cup are:

1 Germany
2 Argentina
3 Netherlands
4 Colombia
5 Belgium
6 Uruguay
7 Brazil
8 Spain
9 Switzerland
10 France
11 Portugal
12 Chile
13 Greece
14 Italy
15 USA
16 Costa Rica
17 Croatia
18 Mexico
19 Bosnia and Herzegovina
20 England
21 Ecuador
22 Ukraine
23 Russia
24 Algeria
25 Côte d’Ivoire
26 Denmark
27 Scotland
28 Romania
29 Sweden
30 Venezuela
31 Serbia
32 Turkey
33 Panama
34 Nigeria
35 Czech Republic
36 Egypt
37 Slovenia
38 Hungary
38 Ghana
40 Honduras
41 Armenia
42 Tunisia
43 Austria
44 Wales
45 Japan
46 Slovakia
47 Iceland
48 Paraguay
49 Iran
50 Montenegro

 

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