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Scolari blames FIFA for Brazil's poor ranking

Reuters

Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has blamed FIFA for the Seleção's poor position in the world rankings.

Brazil are currently in 22nd place, an all-time low, which has attracted criticism as the World Cup approaches.

Scolari believes the poor position can be attributed more to FIFA than to the national team results.

He told reporters before Sunday's friendly against France: "This 22nd place is absurd, that does not exist.

"I don't know much about the criteria employed by FIFA but I think it's funny. If we haven't played any World Cup Qualifiers, we can't get points."

FIFA's ranking takes into account results in both official and non-official games. Brazil have not beaten any full-strength top team since 2009 and have won only one game since Scolari was appointed manager in November.

Scolari added: "I told the players: you have nothing to do with Brazil's 22nd place, everyone knows that happens due to the lack of Qualifiers games, I told them that we will be in 30th place, not 22nd, by the time the World Cup starts.

"We have 23 players and 14 of them won titles this year, so we have conditions [to win the World Cup]."

 

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