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Updated FIFA World Rankings Post-World Cup

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Updated FIFA World Rankings Post-World Cup

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With the 2014 World Cup officially over, there is a brand new landscape in the world soccer rankings. The World Cup allows teams to make a name for them on the global stage. Unfortunately, it also has a chance to worsen a team’s standing in the world. Here’s a look at the updated FIFA world rankings for the top 20 teams.

20. England

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20. England

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England dropped an embarrassing 10 spots in the world rankings thanks to their poor showing in the World Cup. One draw and two losses was not at all what was expected from a team with such high aspirations.

19. Bosnia and Herzegovina

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19. Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Bosnia and Herzegovina’s lone win against Iran allowed them to move up two spots in the world rankings to No. 19.

18. Mexico

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18. Mexico

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Mexico impressed many with their performance in the World Cup. Their 0-0 draw against heavy favorite Brazil is what gave them the mindset that they could do something special in the tournament. Their elimination in the round of 16 still allowed them to move up two spots in the world rankings.

17. Croatia

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17. Croatia

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Despite two losses in the World Cup, Croatia moved up one spot due to their 4-0 victory against Cameroon.

16. Costa Rica

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16. Costa Rica

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Costa Rica opened the eyes of many, as they are certainly a team that should make noise in the 2018 World Cup. Costa Rica reaching the quarterfinals for the first time in history is what allowed them to move up 12 spots in the world rankings, the most of any team.

15. USA

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15. USA

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Even though USA made it out of the “Group of Death” against all odds, they still managed to drop two spots in the world rankings. A big reason for that is because of the overall success of other teams that were behind them in the rankings.

14. Italy

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14. Italy

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Italy is another team that had a disappointing showing in the World Cup despite so much going for them. The team got off to a strong start with a 2-1 win over England, but back-to-back losses against Costa Rica and Uruguay proved costly. Italy dropped five spots in the world rankings.

13. Greece

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13. Greece

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Greece made it out of the group stage thanks to two wins and a draw. Unfortunately, nothing could stop them against Costa Rica, a team that clearly had the look of destiny for a majority of the World Cup. Even so, Greece only dropped one spot in the world rankings.

12. Chile

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12. Chile

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Chile appeared to be having a good time in the World Cup until they lost to the Netherlands in their third game of the group stage. A disappointing defeat on penalty kicks against Brazil in the round of 16 will certainly sting for quite some time. Regardless, Chile did move up two spots in the world rankings.

11. Portugal

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11. Portugal

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Portugal had a tremendously embarrassing showing in the World Cup. A team that many thought could reach the semifinals, Portugal was thoroughly beaten by Germany and needed a last-second goal to draw against USA. Not making it out of the group stage is a big reason why the team dropped from No. 5 to No. 11 in the world.

10. France

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10. France

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Unlike Portugal, a team that dropped seven spots, France’s World Cup performance allowed them to move up seven spots in the world rankings. Even though France lost to eventual champions Germany in the quarterfinals, it was still a fine showing for the team.

9. Switzerland

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9. Switzerland

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Despite winning two matches and drawing one, Switzerland still dropped three spots in the world rankings. One of the reasons was because they didn’t make it past the round of 16, which is expected from a team that was ranked No. 7 in the world prior to the World Cup.

8. Spain

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8. Spain

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It wouldn’t be out of line to say that Spain had the most disappointing performance of any team in the World Cup. The 2010 world champions dropped seven spots in the world rankings simply because they got thoroughly embarrassed in the tournament, with their only win coming against Australia.

7. Brazil

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7. Brazil

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Brazil, the heavy favorite mostly because the World Cup was played in Rio de Janeiro, went from being ranked No. 4 in the world to No. 7 due to the team’s fourth place finish. Brazil got rocked by Germany in the semifinals by a score of 7-1, and then they lost to the Netherlands in the third place match.

6. Uruguay

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6. Uruguay

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Uruguay made it out of the group stage thanks to wins over England and Italy. Unfortunately, they lost to Colombia in the round of 16. However, they actually moved up one spot to No. 6 because the teams ahead of them in the world rankings didn’t fare well.

5. Belgium

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5. Belgium

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It shouldn’t have been that big of a surprise that Belgium played so well in the World Cup. They have a good, young team that will be very competitive in 2018. Their win against USA in the round of 16 was huge, and they nearly pulled out a victory against Argentina in the quarterfinals. For those reasons, Belgium moved up six spots in the world rankings.

4. Colombia

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4. Colombia

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Colombia was another team that impressed in the World Cup after winning all three of its group stage matches. They then knocked off Uruguay in the round of 16 and only lost to Brazil by a score of 2-1 in the quarterfinals.

3. Netherlands

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3. Netherlands

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To say that the Netherlands were good in the World Cup is an understatement. The Netherlands left their mark on the world after a phenomenal performance in the tournament. In fact, their third place finish allowed them to move up a whopping 12 spots in the world rankings, which is tied for Costa Rica for the most of any team.

2. Argentina

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2. Argentina

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Argentina looked to be the team to beat, but unfortunately, they fell flat when it mattered most. Wins against Belgium and Netherlands was huge, but the 1-0 extra time loss to Germany in the finals was heartbreaking. Regardless, they moved up a few spots to be ranked No. 2 in the world, rightfully so.

1. Germany

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1. Germany

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Throughout the tournament, Germany appeared to be unstoppable. In fact, the only time they were stopped was a 2-2 draw against Ghana in the group stage. Germany’s unselfish style of soccer proved that they are the best team in the world, which they put on full display during the World Cup.