Brazil stays ninth in FIFA Rankings

The Selecao's 5-0 victory over South Africa in Johannesburg saw them stay put in a month that saw very little movement at the top
Brazil remained in ninth place in the newly-released FIFA World Rankings.

The Selecao have played just once since the last set of rankings were released, seeing off South Africa 5-0 as the Gillette Brasil Global Tour arrived in Johannesburg earlier this month. It was the team's final match before coach Luiz Felipe Scolari names his 23-man World Cup squad.

Felipao will announce the group on May 7. Brazil will then play two June warm-up matches back home in Brazil before opening its World Cup campaign against Croatia in Sao Paulo on June 12.

Croatia remained unmoved in 16th place in the FIFA rankings. Scolari's side will also face Cameroon and Mexico in Group A this summer. The African side dropped five places to 50th, while El Tri climbed one place to move back into the top 20.

Thursday’s update to the table saw very little movement, with the top five of Spain, Germany, Argentina, Portugal and Colombia all staying put.

The USA dropped one spot from 13th to 14th following a 2-0 friendly defeat to Ukraine in Cyprus.

Uruguay, which drew 1-1 with Austria earlier this month, climbed one place to sixth. Belgium was the only newcomer to the top 10, moving into 10th at the expense of the Netherlands.

The latest changes to the rankings take into considerations 67 matches, 57 of which were friendlies. The next FIFA World Ranking table will be published April 10.