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Football: Brazil keep climbing Fifa rankings, S'pore drop two spots to 147

Published on May 8, 2014 7:36 PM
Brazilian fans hold a fake world cup as the coach of the Brazilian national football team, Luiz Felipe Scolari, announces his 23-men squad for the upcoming Fifa World Cup Brazil 2014, during a presss conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on May 7, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

PARIS (AFP) - World Cup football hosts Brazil moved up two places to fourth in the new Fifa world rankings released on Thursday, making the biggest jump of the major teams.

Having dropped to a record low of 22 only 11 months ago, Brazil are now again the top team in South America, moving above Colombia and Uruguay.

Spain remain top of the pile ahead of fellow European sides Germany and Portugal.

Among Asian teams, Iran stay top in 37th place followed by Japan 10 spots back. Singapore drop two spots to joint 147th with India. In South-east Asia, the Lions are ranked fifth behind Vietnam, the Philippines, Thailand and Malaysia.

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