Brazil move to top of FIFA World Rankings
Brazil have moved to the top of the latest FIFA World Rankings after winning nine consecutive games under Tite. Since the new manager took over in July 2016, Brazil have won 9 games and conceded just two goals- confirming their qualification for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
They displace Argentina, who have held the top spot for the previous 12 months. Argentina are down in 5th place in CONMEBOL qualifying, having lost 2-0 to Bolivia in La Paz on Tuesday evening, with Messi now suspended for a further three games.
Brazil will top the rankings when they are published on April 6th, marking a huge turnaround for the country in the last nine months. The Seleção were 6th in CONMEBOL qualifying and crashed out of the Copa America in the group stage last June.
Since then, the U-23s have won Olympic gold and the senior side have won 9 consecutive matches, including comprehensive victories over Argentina and Uruguay. They play two friendlies in Melbourne in June against Argentina and Australia.