U.S. ranked 22nd in latest FIFA rankings
Thursday, July 4, 2013
ZURICH (AP) — Brazil surged to ninth in the FIFA rankings after winning the Confederations Cup, while the United States climbed six places to No. 22.
The U.S. had a perfect record of four wins in June, including three World Cup qualifiers and a 4-3 exhibition victory against Germany.
Brazil, the five-time World Cup winner, had fallen to a low of No. 22 before its five-match victory streak resulted in the title of the warmup tournament.
Brazil could struggle to keep its ranking because it does not need to qualify for the World Cup as host and its next competitive match will be at the tournament itself next June. Most high-ranked teams will play at least four more qualifying matches, which count more than exhibition games in FIFA’s calculations.
World Cup and European champion Spain remained No. 1 despite losing Sunday’s final. Italy, third at the Confederations Cup, climbed to No. 6. Uruguay rose seven spots to No. 12 after finishing fourth.
Germany followed Spain. Colombia advanced four places to No. 3, its highest position.
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