South American teams take over the latest FIFA rankings

Fans of Brazil cheer for their team prior the final of the men's Olympic football tournament between Germany and Brazil at Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Silvia Izquierdo/AP)

ZURICH — Brazil has risen to No. 2 in the FIFA rankings behind Argentina, with South American teams taking three of the top four spots.

Argentina leads despite a 3-0 loss to Brazil in a World Cup qualifying match this month. It also has not won a major title in the four-year cycle of results that decide the rankings.

World Cup champion Germany dropped one spot to third place, while Copa America champion Chile climbed two to No. 4.

Costa Rica, up to No. 17, swapped with 18th-place Mexico. The United States dropped four to 28th after losing to both.

Canada dropped eight spots to No. 118 after a 2-0 loss to South Korea earlier this month.

Iran leads Asian teams at No. 30, falling three places, while Senegal is Africa’s top-ranked team at No. 33.

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