World champions Germany top first 2015 FIFA rankings

World champions Germany comfortably top the year-opening FIFA national team rankings released Thursday despite a slight slump since their rampant World Cup showing.

AFP| Last Updated: Jan 08, 2015, 18:28 PM IST
World champions Germany top first 2015 FIFA rankings

Paris: World champions Germany comfortably top the year-opening FIFA national team rankings released Thursday despite a slight slump since their rampant World Cup showing.

The top three remain unchanged since September with Lionel Messi`s beaten World Cup finalists Argentina second and Colombia in third.

Up-and-coming Belgium are fourth ahead of their northern neighbours the Netherlands while humiliated World Cup hosts Brazil open the year in a respectable sixth.

Euro 2016 hosts France are seventh as Didier Deschamps` solid team continue to impress while World Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo`s Portugal are level with them.

After years atop the heap, Spain go into the New Year in ninth with an air of resurgence, ahead of Luis Suarez`s Uruguay who hold tenth place.
FIFA standings:

1. Germany, 2. Argentina, 3 Colombia, 4 Belgium, 5. Netherlands, 6. Brazil, 7=. France, 7=. Portugal, 9. Spain, 10. Uruguay.