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Three of the first four top 30 are European teams that failed to make the World Cup in Czech Republic, Denmark and Ukraine. All three are still formidable teams, though, and should be featuring in France come Euro 2016.
Japan and Ghana, meanwhile, both took tumbles at this World Cup, as both not only failed to get through their respective groups but also did so without winning a match.
The Ivory Coast got their World Cup off to a flying start with a come-from-behind victory over Japan and a hard-fought and valiant loss to Colombia, but they fell victim to the scrappy Greeks and a contentious penalty call.
After this setback, one must wonder if this golden era for the Ivorians will ever get its time to shine.
Nigeria got through their group with the aid of some strange officiating against Bosnia and Herzegovina and put up a good fight with France for 80 minutes, so one would think that the reigning African champions would be on cloud nine heading into this new cycle.
Unfortunately, the Nigerian government must have expected a bit more, as they had Nigerian Football Federation president Aminu Maigari arrested upon his return to the country and disbanded the federation before FIFA banned them from international football.
The future of Nigerian football is obviously in a tenuous position as a result.
Sweden sit at 23 as the highest-ranked team not to compete in Brazil this summer. Heading into a relatively easy Euro 2016 qualifying group with the likes of Russia, Austria, Montenegro, Moldova and Liechtenstein, Sweden will be looking to make a statement and win the group outright.
Costa Rica definitely provided the biggest shocks in the 2014 World Cup, failing to lose a match in a group with former world champions England, Uruguay and Italy before pushing the Netherlands to a penalty shootout in the quarterfinals.
Based on these performances, Costa Rica deserve to be much higher on the list, but Los Ticos didn't exactly wow when they were eliminated in the quarterfinals of the past two Gold Cups. A 14-spot rise is quite hefty, though, and it will certainly go up if Costa Rica can hold their form.
The read on Ecuador heading into the tournament ended up holding true, as the South Americans struggled to defeat a poor Honduras side to earn their only points in the group. The team will need to improve their results outside of Quito in order to reach their full potential.