FIFA World Rankings 2017: Brazil Pass Argentina for No. 1 Spot After March Games

Alex Keble@alexkebleFeatured ColumnistApril 6, 2017

Brazil fans cheer for their team while holding a national flag, prior a 2018 World Cup qualifying soccer match against Uruguay in Montevideo, Uruguay, Thursday, March. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
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Brazil have surpassed Argentina to take top spot in the latest FIFA world rankings, the first time they have reached the summit in seven years, per FIFA.com.

Brazil have not been in top spot since the 2010 World Cup, when they were knocked out by the Netherlands in the quarter-finals. They are now on 1,661 points, 58 above their rivals Argentina:

Brazil have won each of their last 10 matches, most recently beating Paraguay 3-0 on Mar. 29 to strengthen their grip at the top of the South America World Cup qualifying table.

The new rankings highlight the rapid incline in Brazil's fortunes under new head coach Tite, who replaced Dunga in June 2016 after the national team's poor performance at the Copa America Centenario. 

Brazil, then managed by Dunga, failed to make it past the group stages, continuing a dreadful few years for the five-time World Cup winners. They were defeated in the quarter-final of the 2015 Copa America by Paraguay and infamously lost 7-1 to Germany in the 2014 World Cup quarter-final.

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Since Tite's appointment, Brazil have won eight consecutive qualifying matches, becoming the first team to seal their spot in the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Northern Ireland were among the biggest movers in the new table, rising nine places to 26th. Poland, meanwhile, recorded a new best-ever place, per FIFA.com, moving up one place to 11th, while Uruguay plummeted six places to 15th.

Having sealed qualification for the World Cup and sitting pretty at the summit of the FIFA rankings, Brazilians finally have something to cheer about after a disastrous few years. Under Tite, they can begin dreaming of a sixth World Cup triumph in Russia.

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