Germany has climbed to the top of the FIFA rankings after winning the World Cup for the first time in 24 years.
The four-time champions, who beat Argentina 1-0 at the Maracana on
Sunday, have replaced Spain in first place as well as succeeding them as
Argentina and the Netherlands complete the new-look top three.
Spain’s title defense surprisingly ended in the group stage, and the
team has dropped to eighth place.
First-round exits also led to Portugal going down seven places to
11th, Italy dropping five to 14th and England falling 10 spots to 20th.
African champions, Super Eagles of Nigeria, moved up 10 places to
34th position on the rankings and 3rd in Africa. Algeria regained number
1 spot in Africa but dropped down two places in the world rankings to
24th while Cote d’Ivoire retained 2nd position in Africa, but dropped 2
spots to 25th position in the world. Egypt and Ghana completed the top 5
rankings in Africa, ranking 36th and 38th respectively.
FIFA rankings (top 20):
16 Costa Rica