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Brazil back in FIFA top 10

Brazil plummeted to a record low 22nd and spent exactly one year outside the top 10.

The Brazilian soccer team celebrates after win at Confederations Cup seni-final, 27 June 2013. Picture: AFP.

LUASANNE, SWITZERLAND - Five-time world champions Brazil leapt back into the top 10 of the FIFA rankings after winning the Confederations Cup last month.

Brazil, who had plummeted to a record low 22nd and spent exactly one year outside the top 10, jumped to ninth after winning all five of their matches at the tournament which they hosted.

Their 3-0 win over France in a warm-up match help bolster the team's FIFA ranking.

Brazil's low position had been a combination of their lacklustre recent results and their lack of competitive internationals.

Before the Confederations Cup, Brazil, who qualify automatically for next year's World Cup as hosts, had spent the last two years playing only friendlies, which earn fewer points under the complex calculation system.

The rankings continued to make embarrassing reading for Asia, whose highest-ranked team Japan have dropped to 37th place. Australia and South Korea are the only other two Asian confederation teams in the top 50.

Spain stayed top, despite losing 3-0 to Brazil in the Confederations Cup final, while Germany remained second and Colombia climbed to third.

Rankings:

  1. (1) Spain

  1. (2) Germany

  1. (7) Colombia

  1. (3) Argentina

  1. (9) Netherlands

  1. (8) Italy

  1. (6) Portugal

  1. (4) Croatia

  1. (22) Brazil

  1. (12) Belgium

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