ZURICH: Brazil’s victories in World Cup qualifying this month lifted it from ninth to No. 4 in the FIFA rankings, which Argentina still lead.
Brazil beat Ecuador and Colombia, which is tied for fourth place, to make the biggest move in the top 20 after global rounds of World Cup qualifiers.
Belgium stays at No. 2, edging No. 3 Germany which climbs one place.
European Championship semifinalist Wales returns to the top 10, ahead of Spain, England and Italy at Nos. 11-13.
Mexico leads CONCACAF teams at No. 15, Costa Rica is No. 18 and the United States rises four to No. 22.
Ivory Coast is Africa’s highest team at No. 34. Iran leads Asian nations at No. 37.
Kosovo’s 1-1 draw at Finland lifts FIFA’s newest member to No. 168.