8 Jun 2013

Brazil drop to all time low in Fifa rankings

1:27 pm on 8 June 2013

Five-times world champions Brazil have plummeted further down the FIFA football rankings as they hit a record low of 22nd place, leaving them sandwiched between Ghana and Mali.

The latest rankings were also hugely embarrassing for Asia, whose highest-placed team Japan were a modest 32nd, with South Korea and Australia the region's only other teams in the top 50.

Brazil's low position is a combination of their lacklustre recent results, including four draws in their last six games, and their lack of competitive internationals.

Brazil, who qualify automatically for next year's World Cup as hosts, have spent the last two years playing only friendlies, which earn fewer points under the complex calculation system.

There was no change in the top four, which remain Spain, Germany, Argentina and Croatia.

New Zealand are the biggest movers on the list, rocketing up 30 places to 57th following their successful move into the next stage of World Cup qualifying earlier this year.