Brazil halt FIFA world rankings decline
Brazil have halted their decline and remain in 18th place in the latest world rankings published by FIFA.
Very little has changed in the rankings but Ecuador are one of the movers as they climb up to 12th ahead of Switzerland.
Argentina and Colombia remain the top-ranked South American sides in third and fifth place respectively while Uruguay come in at 16th.
Spain are currently ranked as the best side in the world with Germany following in a distant second.
Brazil are currently suffering on two accounts. Firstly, the FIFA ranking system does not award high value to friendly results, while Brazil are currently without competitive fixtures until next summer's Confederations Cup.
Secondly, the rankings take into account the level of opposition and many of the Seleção's recent opponents have not been amongst the world's leading nations.
The rankings may change in the near future, with friendly clashes against England and Russia in the upcoming months.