Brazil take continental command, Honduras rise
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International football stadiums have continued to see little activity before the final round of friendlies ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™, and the May edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking reflects the results of just 13 new matches. No fewer than 143 teams have retained their April ranking.

There has been some notable movement in the top ten, however, with Brazil climbing two places to fourth to lead the pack of four South American teams ahead of Colombia (5th, down 1), Uruguay (6th, down 1) and Argentina (7th, down 1). It is Brazil’s best position on the global ladder since July 2011.

This tightly packed quartet now has the European leading trio of Spain (1st, unchanged), Germany (2nd, unchanged) and Portugal (3rd, unchanged) firmly in its sights. La Roja have now held the top spot since September 2011.

Meanwhile Honduras (30th, up 2) are celebrating a return to the top 30 after an absence of 12 years.

The biggest climb, however, has been achieved by Mauritania from north-west Africa (139th, up 13), thanks to two wins in CAF Africa Cup of Nations qualifying.

The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on 5 June 2014.

Summary

Leader

Spain (unchanged)

Moves into top ten

None

Moves out of top ten

None

Matches played in total

13

Most matches played

Dominica, Grenada, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines (3 matches each)

Biggest move by points

Tajikistan (up 41 points)

Biggest move by ranks

Mauritania (up 13 ranks)

Biggest drop by points

Afghanistan (down 22 points)

Biggest drop by ranks

Afghanistan (down 6 ranks)