Brazil return to FIFA top 10

Rio de Janeiro: Five-time World Cup winners Brazil have returned to the top 10 in the latest FIFA rankings released on Thursday.

Friendly victories over Chile and Honduras earlier this month were enough to lift Brazil to 10th, one place higher than last month, Xinhua reported. Brazil dropped out of the top 10 in June for the first time since the FIFA rankings system began in 1993.

The biggest movers were Portugal, who rose nine places to fifth following their World Cup qualifying playoff victory against Sweden. Reigning world and European champions Spain remain first ahead of Germany, Argentina and Colombia.

FIFA Top 10

1. Spain 1507 points

2. Germany 1318

3. Argentina 1251

4. Colombia 1200

5. Portugal 1172

6. Uruguay 1132

7. Italy 1120

8. Switzerland 1113

9. Netherlands 1106

10. Brazil 1102