Following a series of powerful displays in FIFA World Cup qualifying, Germany have replaced Brazil at the top of the latest international football world rankings, released by world football’s governing body this week.

Based on the recent round of FIFA World Cup qualifiers, Germany have climbed from second to top spot in the global standings, usurping the Selecao in the process.

As well as winning the FIFA Confederations Cup this past summer, Joachim Löw’s side have steamrollered their way through qualification for next year’s FIFA World Cup in Russia, recently beating the Czech Republic 2-1 in Prague and Norway 6-0 in Stuttgart.

The latest world rankings, courtesy of

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The world champions currently top Group C of European qualifying with eight wins from eight and are virtually assured of the chance to defend their title in Russia next summer.

The next FIFA rankings will be released on 16 October, following the conclusion of the World Cup qualifiers in Europe.

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