GOAL: Gabriel Jesus of Brazil (L) celebrates his goal with teammates Neymar and Gabriel.

Brazil top FIFA rankings for first time since 2010

Editorial

6. april 2017

Football

Brazil surged to the top of the FIFA world rankings for the first time in seven years on Thursday, made all the sweeter as it usurped great rivals Argentina.

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It caps a terrific week for forward Neymar and Brazil — last week they became the first country to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, their latest step on the road to redemption after the embarrassment and heartache of their World Cup failure on home soil in 2014.

Brazil were dumped off top spot after their elimination from the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

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