Brazil Returns To World #1 Spot For First Time In Seven Years
It still isn’t that long ago when Brazil suffered a humiliating 7-1 defeat at the hands of the German national team at the World Cup semi-finals in 2014.
Last year, when the Brazilian squad replaced Dunga with Tite for managerial duties, the team has experienced quite the revival. Out of the nine matches the team has played under his control, they’ve won all nine, eight of which were World Cup qualifying games. Over this stretch, they’ve scored an impressive 25 goals against their opponents.
They were the first team to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia after their last 3-0 victory against Paraguay. In addition to that, they’ve been able to overtake Argentina as the world’s top team. Argentina, now in 2nd place in the world, was without star player Lionel Messi when they lost 2-0 to Bolivia and now find themselves struggling to make it to the World Cup themselves.
Germany, Chile, and Colombia round out the top 5 in that order. France sits at number 6, followed by Belgium who has dropped two spots, and then Portugal. Switzerland moves up two spots to ninth overall followed by Spain to round out the top 10.