Brazil keep climbing FIFA rankings

PARIS, May 8: FIFA World Cup 2014 hosts Brazil moved up two places to fourth in the new FIFA world rankings released Thursday, making the biggest jump of the major teams.

Having dropped to a record low of 22 only 11 months ago, Brazil are now again the top team in South America, moving above Colombia and Uruguay.

Spain remain top of the pile ahead of fellow Europeans Germany and Portugal.

The final FIFA rankings before the World Cup starts on June 12 will be published on June 5.

FIFA rankings as of May 8:

1. Spain

2. Germany

3. Portugal

4. Brazil (+1 place)

5. Colombia (-1)

6. Uruguay (-1)

7. Argentina (-1)

8. Switzerland

9. Italy

10. Greece

11. England

12. Belgium

13. Chile (+1)

14. United States (-1)

15. Netherlands

16. France

17. Ukraine

18. Russia

19. Mexico

20. Croatia