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USA drop one spot to 14th in latest FIFA World Rankings, Portugal surge to fifth

Nov 28, 2013, 9:04 AM EDT

A tough draw means progression past the last 16 would be deemed a great success for the USA. A tough draw means progression past the last 16 would be deemed a great success for the USA.

The last update of the FIFA World Rankings before the World Cup draw takes place in Brazil on December 6 has thrown up some big winners and losers.

As for the U.S. national team, eh, not much that we didn’t expect as they drop one spot to 14th after their mediocre displays in two friendlies away from home in November, a 0-0 draw with Scotland and a 1-0 loss against Austria.

Jurgen Klinsmann’s men were hoping they could possibly sneak into the top ten but even if they did that, it wouldn’t have helped with their seeding for the 2014 World Cup as those had already been determined with Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Spain, Germany, Belgium, Colombia and Switzerland the eight seeded teams.

Elsewhere the big losers were Belgium and England who slipped out of the top ten to 11th and 13th respectively, while the top four of Spain, Germany, Argentina and Colombia stayed the same.

(MORE: Full list of nations who’ve qualified for 2014 World Cup in Brazil)

Portugal moved up a whopping nine places and are now in fifth spot after they qualified for the World Cup with a playoff victory over Sweden. Overall the biggest improvement was seen from Cuba, as the Island nation moved up 27 places and are now ranked 47th in the world. As for the USA’s CONCACAF foes, Mexico rose four places to get back into the top 20, Costa Rica stay in 31st, Panama drop down to 37th, Honduras drop seven spots to 41st and Canada also drop three places to 114th.

Here’s FIFA’s World Rankings top 20 to take a perusal through at your pleasure:

1. Spain

2. Germany

3. Argentina

4. Colombia

5. Portugal

6. Uruguay

7. Italy

8. Switzerland

9. Netherlands

10. Brazil

11. Belgium

12. Greece

13. England

14. United States of America

15. Chile

16. Croatia

17. Ivory Coast

18. Ukraine

19. France

20. Mexico

  1. KC - Nov 28, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    Reblogged this on Footballing Community.

  2. footballer4ever - Nov 28, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    Mexico, 20th? That definitely is a joke.

  3. florida727 - Nov 28, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    The USA could drop to one HUNDRED and fourteenth and no one would care. Why? Because when it counts, we put LeBron, Durant, etc., on the floor and we win every freaking game. Face it: our best are THE best in the world. Period. End of discussion. Anybody that doesn’t realize that is delusional.

    • bostonredsoccer - Nov 28, 2013 at 12:27 PM

      Confusing FIFA for FIBA?

    • edov79 - Nov 29, 2013 at 7:07 PM

      What? First of all this article is about football (soccer). Hence ProSoccerTalk!! …you bloody idiot. Second, americans only play for the $$ not the pride of country. There is no greater glory than to represent ones country, especially at the world cup. I’m american born and raised but of portuguese parents. Dude you’re a moron. Forca Portugal!!!!

      • footballer4ever - Nov 30, 2013 at 10:10 PM

        For someone born and raised “American”, or whatever that is supposed to mean, you sure carry a Portuguese complex. Were you as proud then when the U.S. humbled Portugal in WC 2002?

  4. footballer4ever - Nov 28, 2013 at 11:05 AM


    You mean noone would care as in noone who does not care for football (soccer)? If that’s the case, you might be right, but don’t make yourself as the spokeperson for EVERYONE because not everyone feels the same way you think everyone does or in your mind should.

  5. olvera32066 - Nov 28, 2013 at 4:11 PM

    14th for a side that has never won anything….not a thing…absolutely nothing….

    • danielofthedale - Nov 28, 2013 at 6:49 PM

      Well Spain is the only European side to win anything recently so should Germany not ranked as high as they are?

      • bear06 - Nov 29, 2013 at 1:39 AM

        Germany are one of the best football nations in the world so their #2 ranking is about right.

    • bear06 - Nov 29, 2013 at 1:37 AM

      What has Colombia won since the 2001 Copa America? What has Portugal and Switzerland won? Yeah, that’s what I thought. Also the United States just won their 5th Gold Cup back in July so think first before you post.

      • edov79 - Nov 29, 2013 at 7:24 PM

        Portugal made it to the knockout round and the 2004 euro final. Not to mention RONALDO!!

      • bear06 - Nov 30, 2013 at 1:19 AM

        I didn’t know you get a trophy for making it to the knockout round and losing to Greece in the 2004 Euro Final.

      • bigbuffguy95 - Dec 5, 2013 at 8:28 AM

        You have got to be kidding. Gold Cups? That’s like winning the WAC in college football. Who cares? Pretty sure if Portugal was in CONCACAF, they’d have won at least five Gold Cups too. The fact is that the US has done absolutely nothing in the World Cup since the first one in 1930, when it finished third (sorry, I don’t count anything worse than a semi-final appearance). And that’s only because most of the top European teams didn’t make the trip to Uruguay. Portugal has made the semifinals twice, in 1966 and 2006. And no, they haven’t won the European championship, though that is infinitely more difficult than winning the Gold Cup. I’ll give you Switzerland, I guess. Though pointing out what another team *hasn’t* done is just a way to distract from the initial argument about what the US hasn’t done. Nice try. Get some better arguments.

      • bear06 - Dec 6, 2013 at 2:51 AM

        What happened to Portugal in the 2002 WC when they played the U.S.? Yeah, that’s what I thought. Your argument is a bunch of BS so it’s pointless.

    • talgrath - Nov 29, 2013 at 5:53 PM

      Multiple Gold Cups and they have qualified first out of their region in FIFA World Cup qualifying, There’s a lot of teams ahead of the USMNT on that list who haven’t won a World Cup, if that’s what you’re talking about; but there are dozens of nations that haven’t won a World Cup.

  6. hildezero - Nov 28, 2013 at 6:42 PM

    The US hsve won things… A lot of things.

  7. newenglandynasty - Nov 29, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    USA couldn’t carry Ronaldo’s’ hair grease

    • bear06 - Nov 30, 2013 at 1:17 AM

      You’re an idiot.

    • footballer4ever - Nov 30, 2013 at 10:21 PM

      You only say that because you are confident that you would carry Ronaldo’s jockstrap, huh, mate!? 😛

  8. footballkahuna - Dec 4, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    Qualifying for the World Cup is a win on its own. Qualifying for the European Championship is a win.

    You don’t really have a lot of stats in football. We’re talking about, for example, an underdog country of a few million people putting together a spirited run into the quarterfinals— moments like that are victories that you can’t count by the number of 1st place spots a nation has won.

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