Football: Germany back atop Fifa rankings

Lars Stindl of Germany lifts the trophy after Germany won the Fifa Confederations Cup 2017 at the Saint Petersburg stadium in Russia, on July 2, 2017.
Lars Stindl of Germany lifts the trophy after Germany won the Fifa Confederations Cup 2017 at the Saint Petersburg stadium in Russia, on July 2, 2017.PHOTO: EPA

(AFP) - Germany leapfrogged Brazil and Argentina to move back atop the Fifa rankings released on Wednesday (July 5) thanks to the team winning the Confederations Cup last week.

The world champions beat Chile 1-0 in the Russia-based tournament a year out from the 2018 World Cup to ensure a first return to the top of the rankings in more than two years.

Brazil fall to second and Argentina third, just ahead of European champions Portugal.

Fifa rankings as of July 6: 1. Germany (+2 places) 2. Brazil (-1) 3. Argentina (-1) 4. Portugal (+4) 5. Switzerland (+4) 6. Poland (+4) 7. Chile (-3) 8. Colombia (-3) 9. France (-3) 10. Belgium (-3).