Germany back at world number one after Confederations Cup glory

Germany has replaced Brazil as the world's top-ranked team, while Andorra make a dramatic rise after a historic victory.

Published : Jul 06, 2017 20:28 IST

Germany has returned to the top of the FIFA world rankings two years after being dethroned as the number one team.

The world champion was rewarded for winning the Confederations Cup in Russia – despite resting a host of star names - by jumping from third to first, leapfrogging previous leader Brazil and Argentina, the side who ended their previous reign in 2015.

It means Brazil's stint at the top lasted only three months. It had taken the number one position from their continental rivals the Albiceleste back in April, the first time it had sat first in seven years.

Beaten Confederations Cup finalist Chile, dropped three places to seven, with the top six now completed by Portugal, Switzerland and Poland, all of whom move up four positions.

Sixth is the highest position that Poland, who is unbeaten since Euro 2016, has ever occupied.

Colombia, France and Belgium all fell three places and sit below Chile, while Spain slip out of the top 10 to 11th.

Meanwhile, Andorra moved up an astonishing 57 places after its famous World Cup qualifying win over Hungary last month.

The 1-0 victory was Andorra's first competitive triumph for 13 years and puts it up to 129 in the world.

Hungary, who also lost to Russia last month in a dreadful double-header, drops down 24 spots to number 57.

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