ZURICH, (Reuters) – Brazil clawed their way back into the top 10 when FIFA published the November rankings yesterday ahead of next week’s World Cup draw.
The World Cup hosts, who slumped to an all-time low of 22nd in June, went back into the top 10 after winning the Confederations Cup in July.
Brazil then slipped to 11th last month but friendly wins over Honduras and Chile have taken them to 10th.
Soccer’s ruling body FIFA is using October’s rankings as the primary yardstick for next week’s draw so Brazil’s ups and downs will have no impact on their status among the top seeds for the World Cup.
World champions Spain maintained the number one spot they have held since July 2008 followed by Germany, Argentina and Colombia.
Thanks to their two wins over Sweden in the World Cup playoffs, Portugal have also climbed back into the top 10.
All the nations in the top 20, except for Ukraine, have booked their tickets to Brazil next year.