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Ireland 29th in latest Fifa rankings, Brazil reclaim top spot

It’s as you were for Martin O’Neill’s side.

Brazil are officially the number one ranked side in the world again.
Brazil are officially the number one ranked side in the world again.
Image: Andy Brownbill

BRAZIL HAVE RETURNED to the top of the Fifa rankings, ending Germany’s one-month reign at the summit while Ireland remain in 29th position.

Germany, the reigning World Cup champions, who had moved into first place in July after winning the Confederations Cup, dropped into second for the August rankings, despite the fact that neither they nor Brazil played no games since the last update.

Argentina, meanwhile, remain third in the August rankings update, but there was movement beneath them as Switzerland rose to fourth and Poland entered the top five for the first time in their history.

Elsewhere, after moving up four places last month, Euro 2016 winners Portugal dropped two places into sixth and there were no new entries in the top 10, with giants Spain (11th), Italy (12th) and England (13th) remaining stationary.

Gareth Bale’s Wales strengthened their position in the top 20 after moving up two places into 18th, but Sweden and Iceland each fell one place to 19th and 20th respectively.

Following their Gold Cup success, the USA climbed nine places and now occupy 26th place, while defeated finalists Jamaica achieved the biggest move by points, catapulting 19 places into 57th.

Northern Ireland reached their highest ever ranking last month, but have dropped one place in the latest edition to 23rd, while Martin O’Neill’s Ireland are unchanged ahead of the final World Cup qualifiers next month.

The Netherlands, meanwhile, continued their slide down the table after dropping four places into 36th position. Next month’s rankings update will be announced on September 14.

screenshot.1502373137.37303 Source: FIFA.com/Twitter

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