The last update of the FIFA World Rankings before the World Cup draw takes place in Brazil on December 6 has thrown up some big winners and losers.
As for the U.S. national team, eh, not much that we didn’t expect as they drop one spot to 14th after their mediocre displays in two friendlies away from home in November, a 0-0 draw with Scotland and a 1-0 loss against Austria.
Jurgen Klinsmann’s men were hoping they could possibly sneak into the top ten but even if they did that, it wouldn’t have helped with their seeding for the 2014 World Cup as those had already been determined with Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Spain, Germany, Belgium, Colombia and Switzerland the eight seeded teams.
Elsewhere the big losers were Belgium and England who slipped out of the top ten to 11th and 13th respectively, while the top four of Spain, Germany, Argentina and Colombia stayed the same.
Portugal moved up a whopping nine places and are now in fifth spot after they qualified for the World Cup with a playoff victory over Sweden. Overall the biggest improvement was seen from Cuba, as the Island nation moved up 27 places and are now ranked 47th in the world. As for the USA’s CONCACAF foes, Mexico rose four places to get back into the top 20, Costa Rica stay in 31st, Panama drop down to 37th, Honduras drop seven spots to 41st and Canada also drop three places to 114th.
Here’s FIFA’s World Rankings top 20 to take a perusal through at your pleasure:
14. United States of America
17. Ivory Coast