August 5, 2009
Brazil remains No. 1 in FIFA rankings
Brazil remains the world's top-ranked men's soccer team while Italy slipped one spot to No. 5 in ratings released Wednesday by FIFA.
Despite losing 30 ranking points in August, Brazil held onto the top spot it retook last month after a year of being ranked either fourth or fifth in the monthly rankings.A year ago Italy was No. 2, but it has been losing rating points as older matches are devalued. As a result, the Italians fell from fourth to fifth in August. Germany benefited, moving from fifth to fourth.
The Germany-Italy switch was the only change among the top 19 teams in the FIFA rankings.
Spain is ranked second behind Brazil with the Netherlands third. Russia kept its No. 6 spot followed by, in order, England, Argentina, France and Croatia.
The United States, on the strength of a runner-up finish at the Confederations Cup, was poised to move into the Top 10, but a 5-0 loss to Mexico in the CONCACAF Gold Cup final stalled that, leaving the Americans rated No. 12.
The FIFA world rankings are determined by points received from match results over a three-year period, with more recent matches given greater weight. Teams also get more points for playing relatively strong opponents.