FIFA World Rankings 2016


Portugal have leapfrogged Brazil and Spain into sixth spot in the latest FIFA world rankings following their unexpected triumph at UEFA Euro 2016.

Copa America Centenario winners Chile, though, are still in fifth place in an unchanged top five that sees beaten Copa finalists Argentina remain the No. 1 ranked side in the world.

FIFA published the latest rankings on Thursday, with beaten Euro 2016 finalists France moving up 10 spots to seventh and surprise semi-finalists Wales advancing 15 places into 11th, just behind Italy.

England dropped two places to 13th after their poor performance at the Euros, while their last-16 vanquishers, Iceland, moved up into 22nd spot from 34th.

Here is the updated top 10, per FIFA:

The biggest movers up the rankings were New Zealand, following their 2016 OFC Nations Cup triumph last month. The All Whites are now tied at No. 93 in the world with Libya, up 54 places from June’s standings.

Belize made the most sizeable drop as they descended 50 places to No. 164.

Other sides impacted by their Euro 2016 performances were Croatia, up 12 places to 15th, and Poland, who moved into 16th from 27th.

Austria dropped 11 places after failing to win a match in France, while the Netherlands, who did not qualify for Euro 2016, now sit lower than ever in the rankings, per Dutch Football:

United States, beaten in the semi-finals as they hosted the 2016 Copa, moved up six spots into 25th, while Mexico are now ranked No. 14, a two-place jump up, after they made the last eight.

With much change below the top five, it is something of a surprise that the top teams have remained in the same places.

In the past two years, Argentina have lost three major finals but remain the top side, while No. 2 Belgium again underwhelmed at a major tournament, losing to Wales in the quarter-finals at Euro 2016.

It is unlikely there will be much change near the top of the rankings when they are updated again on August 11, as the next tranche of major international fixtures is not until early September for 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying.


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