Brazil climbs rankings but Argentina slips

Brazil climbs rankings but Argentina slips

Published Apr. 13, 2011 11:35 a.m. ET

Brazil has risen two places to third in the latest FIFA rankings following its victory against Scotland last month.

Santos forward Neymar, reportedly wanted by Chelsea, scored both goals in the 2-0 win at Emirates Stadium.

However, Argentina has dropped one place to fifth after a couple of disappointing results in friendlies.

Argentina followed up a 4-1 win against Venezuela with draws against the USA and Costa Rica last month.


World Cup winner Spain has stayed top of the rankings, while Italy has returned to the top 10.

Italy ends a seven-month exile from the top 10. It rises two places to No. 9 following wins against Slovenia and Ukraine last month.

The Netherlands remains in second place, while Germany has dropped one spot to fourth. England is sixth.

Asian champion Japan continues its surge since the World Cup, rising two to No. 13.

Ghana is Africa's best, up one place to No. 15.

The United States leads CONCACAF teams at No. 22 despite falling for the second straight month.