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Mali close on Brazil in latest FIFA world rankings

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Brazil remain at a record low of 18th in the latest FIFA rankings, just six places ahead of Mali – a team that have never played at the World Cup.

The 2014 hosts and five-time world champions have failed to progress in the latest rankings, which were published earlier today.

Brazil automatically qualify for next year's tournament and have subsequently plummeted as friendlies earn fewer points than competitive qualifiers in the completed rankings calculations.

The top six teams remain unchanged with Spain, the reigning world and European champions, continuing to hold top spot ahead of second-placed Germany.

Meanwhile, England, who play qualifiers against San Marino and Montenegro this month, remain fourth following their friendly win over the Seleção last month.

South America's 10 teams all remained in the top 50, with the lowest-ranked Venezuela occupying 43rd place.

Japan are Asia's leading team in 26th while Ivory Coast, 13th, are the top Africans and Mexico, 15th, are the CONCACAF region's top-ranked side.

The next FIFA rankings will be published on April 11, after the Seleção's friendlies with Italy (5) and Russia (10) later this month.

Source: Independent


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