Brazil replaces world champ Germany at top of FIFA rankings

Brazil's Neymar. (Leo Correa/AP)

ZURICH – Brazil is back on top of the FIFA rankings, replacing World Cup holder Germany.

Brazil hasn’t played a game since June, while Germany was last in action a month ago when it beat Chile to collect the Confederations Cup in Russia. The FIFA rankings are based on results over a four-year period.

Argentina retained third place, Switzerland rose to fourth — its highest position since the first rankings 24 years go — and Poland moved into an all-time best fifth.

The United States climbed nine places to 26th after winning the CONCACAF Gold Cup last month.

Canada gained five places in the rankings to 95th.

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