Argentina have moved back to the top of latest official FIFA World Rankings, displacing Belgium as the planet's best international football team.

South American countries in general now dominate the top of the list, with Chile and Colombia in third and fourth place respectively after notable rises.

Brazil and Uruguay also both feature in the top 10, while Ecuador have risen a place to 12th. It means that there are as many as six South American countries in the top 12, a significant achievement considering the CONMEBOL confederation only has 10 members in total.


The fact South American World Cup qualifiers were being played last month when European countries were only involved in friendlies possibly has something to do with the shift.

Besides Belgium (2nd), Germany (5th), Spain (6th), Portugal (8th) and England (10th) all fell in the top 10. France's ranking has been hurt by a lack of competitive fixtures over the last two years, and despite being favourites to win Euro 2016 this summer, Les Bleus still don't even make the top 20 (21st).

After briefly cracking the top 10 in 2015, Wales have fallen again - dropping seven places to 24th. Turkey (13th) and Mexico (16th) are the biggest risers in the top 20, climbing seven and six places respectively.

Wales v Andorra - UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifier

The biggest climbers overall are Guinea-Bissau, who have risen an incredible 45 places to 102nd. Meanwhile, Caribbean island Aruba are the biggest fallers, dropping 24 places to 137th, just ahead of Madagascar and Lithuania.

The top 20 in full:

​1.Argentina​Up 1​
2.​Belgium​Down 1​
3.​​ChileUp 2​
4.​Colombia​Up 4​
5.​Germany​Down 1​
6.​Spain​​Down 3
7.​Brazil​Down 1​
​8.Portugal​Down 1​
​9.Uruguay​Up 2​
10.​England​Down 1
11.​Austria​Down 1​
12.​Ecuador​Up 1​
13.​Turkey​Up 7​
14.​Switzerland​Down 2​
15.​Italy​Down 1​
16.​Mexico​Up 6​
17.​Netherlands​Down 2​
18.​HungaryUp 1​
19.​Romania​Down 3​
20.​Bosnia & Herzegovina​Up 1​

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