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Brazil Advances in FIFA World Ranking

By Jayme Monsanto, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO - Since its inception, in 1993, the FIFA World Ranking is an important performance indicator of the 207 national teams that are affiliated to the International Football Association. The ranking is updated on a monthly basis, and this month brought significant changes.

After the 3-0 victory against Peru for the World Cup Qualifiers, Brazil advanced two spots and now ranks 4th, passing Italy, the 2006 FIFA World Champions. The European team recently had a 1-1 draw with Ireland, also for the Qualifiers, and Brazil outscored them in the ranking.

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