12 Apr 2013

Brazil slump to 19th in the world

6:14 am on 12 April 2013

Brazil has slumped to its lowest ranking in world football.

Next year's World Cup hosts have dropped one place to 19th in the latest FIFA rankings, mainly because they don't have to play World Cup qualifying games, and friendly matches carry fewer ranking points.

The top three are unchanged with world champions Spain at number one followed by Germany and Argentina, while the big improvers are Croatia, who're up five places and into the top five.

The All Whites are ranked 86th.