Almost the entire top 20 of the latest edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking remains unchanged. Brazil, who returned to the top in July, are still the leaders ahead of Spain and the Netherlands. Behind them are Italy (5th, down 1), who have lost more points than Germany (4th, up 1) following the devaluation of previous matches and have therefore been overtaken by them.
USA (12th, unchanged) missed out on a place in the top ten following their resounding 5-0 loss to Mexico in the CONCACAF Gold Cup final in New Jersey. The Mexicans, newly crowned continental champions, have only slightly improved their position (30th, up 3), as notwithstanding their triumph over USA, their form has been patchy (only two other victories in normal time; their win over non-FIFA-member Guadeloupe did not count towards the ranking).
Canada (66th, up 26) fared better after remaining undefeated in the group stage, and thus greatly improving on their previous position. El Salvador (81st, up 9) are also on the rise thanks to victory over highly-ranked Costa Rica (38th, down 8), who, like Honduras (46th, down 7), have lost ground.
The month's other biggest movers include Namibia (103rd, up 12) and New Caledonia (138th, up 11). Montenegro (96th, up 2), meanwhile, have achieved their best-ever position in the ranking. The biggest points movers since the beginning of the year are Brazil (up 396 points), Gabon (up 277 points) and Northern Ireland (up 204 points), while the biggest movers by rank are Nicaragua (139th, up 42), Somalia (168th, up 32) and Gabon (31st, up 31).