Brazil drop to No.19 in FIFA rankings

World Cup host Brazil have dropped to 19 in the FIFA rankings.

Written by Associated Press | Zurich | Published: April 11, 2013 2:36 pm

Croatia has made a big move to No. 4 in the FIFA rankings after two World Cup qualifying wins,and tournament host Brazil dropped to No. 19.

World and European champion Spain leads an unchanged top three,from Germany and Argentina.

Croatia’s victories against Wales and Scotland last month lifted it five places,and No. 5 Portugal climbs two spots.

Colombia remains No. 6,followed by England and Italy,which both fell three places,and the Netherlands.

Ecuador enters the top 10,up two,and No. 12 Ivory Coast is the top-ranked African team. Mexico is up one to No. 14.

Rankings weigh results over a four-year cycle and Brazil,which fell one place,has dropped while playing no World Cup qualifiers.

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