Spain top FIFA rankings; Brazil a lowly 18th

Last updated 11:48 20/12/2012
Spain
Getty Images

Spain celebrate their victory in the European Championships.

Relevant offers

Football

WC18 boycott would be nonsense - Fifa Football Ferns set lofty goals for French test Smith: Hudson's hype needs shot of experience Melbourne Victory bag scrappy win over Roar Blind, Falcao injury blows for Manchester United Internationals over, so it's back to the EPL Jeremy Brockie back as Phoenix chase Glory Pilott: Where have all Scotland's Jimmys gone? England FA apology for fans' anti-IRA chants Blatter hints at possible release of Garcia report

World Cup and European champions Spain have completed a full year atop the FIFA rankings, while five-time World Cup-winners Brazil has plummeted to No 18.

Meanwhile, New Zealand are up two places to No 91. 

Brazil has dropped while playing only non-competitive matches, and failed to win last month.

Brazil lost against Argentina, who remain at No 3, and drew with Colombia, who are up to No 5.

The rankings weigh a four-year results cycle, and Brazil lost points from a 6-2 victory over Portugal in 2008.

Spain leads No 2 Germany, with European Championship finalist Italy at No 4. England is No 6, and Europe fills all places through Switzerland at No 12.

Ivory Coast is Africa's best at No 14. Mexico is No 15, and Japan leads Asia at No 22.

Ad Feedback

- AP

Special offers
Opinion poll

Will Southampton finish in the EPL top four?

Yes, the Saints look unstoppable

Maybe, but it's still early days

No chance, they don't have the experience

Vote Result

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content