Argentina still No. 1 in FIFA rankings, USA up to No. 22

Thursday September 15th, 2016

Argentina has maintained the top spot in the latest FIFA rankings released on Thursday, while Brazil moved up five spots to No. 4.

Brazil parlayed its victories over Ecuador and Colombia in World Cup qualifying to help boost its ranking. Belgium remains second, followed by Germany and Colombia, which is tied with Brazil.

Chile, Portugal, France, Uruguay, Wales, which made it to the semifinals of Euro 2016, round out the top 10.

Mexico leads all CONCACAF teams at No. 15, Costa Rica is No. 18, with the United States up four spots to No. 22.

Africa's highest-ranked team is the Ivory Coast at No. 34, while Iran leads all Asian nations at No. 37.

FIFA's newest member, Kosovo, checks in at No. 168 thanks to its 1–1 draw with Finland in World Cup qualifying. Guinea-Bissau, St. Kitts and Nevis, Kazakhstan and Comoros each achieved their highest ranking ever.

- Scooby Axson

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