FIFA World Ranking

Brazil will be back on top of the FIFA World Ranking for the first time in six years when the new table is published on April 6.

Coach Tite has led Brazil to nine consecutive wins since taking over as coach, scoring 25 goals and conceding just two. They won 4-1 against Uruguay in Montevideo last week, and they best Paraguay 3-0 on Tuesday to become the first nation to qualify for next year’s World Cup, alongside Russia.

Brazil were guaranteed to move up to first with two victories, and they take the place of Argentina, who drop to second after spending 12 months at the top of the Ranking.

La Albiceleste‘s place at the World Cup is in doubt after losing to Bolivia — which came hours after Lionel Messi received a four-match ban for verbally abusing a match official. They did win their other qualifier in the past week, 1-0 at home to Chile.

Netherlands‘ demise continues as defeats to Bulgaria and Italy will see them plummet 11 places in 32nd, their lowest-ever ranking. That is six places below than their previous record of 26th, achieved last year.

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