Colombia, Argentina Unofficially Top FIFA Rankings After World Cup Round of 16

Sean SwabyUK Staff WriterJuly 2, 2014

FILE - In this June 28, 2014, file photo, Colombia's James Rodriguez celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between Colombia and Uruguay at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Never before has the star-crossed nation made the quarterfinals. There is even waxing poetic about World Cup unity accelerating the pace of 18-month-old peace talks to end a half-century of conflict that has claimed some 220,000 lives. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
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Now that the field has been whittled down to a final eight contenders to lift the World Cup, who is the hottest team based on FIFA's rankings? 

Spain were the world's top-ranked side entering the tournament but crashed out prematurely after a highly disappointing group-stage effort. 

Entering the round of 16, Colombia surged atop FIFA's unofficial rankings of the remaining sides.

We've recalculated with the remaining eight, and Colombia and Argentina are tied at the top with Belgium and with Germany tied behind them in third place. 


As FIFA counts penalty-shootout wins as draws from a points perspective, Costa Rica and Brazil's points were unchanged, as both sides advanced in a shootout. 


Ratings calculated using FIFA's prognosis tool