new #1 in FIFA's rankings is...



Who'd have thunk it? Italy has ended Brazil’s 55-month stay at number one. It makes cosmic sense: the Azzurri did win the World Cup last summer.

The United States: 28th


FIFA World Cup
- quadrennial event, 32 countries

"Mondial" in French
"Weltmeisterschaft" in German

Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA)

1st World Cup winner
- Uruguay in 1930

Most World Cups
- Brazil (5)
- Italy (4)

Jules Rimet Trophy
- named for FIFA's first president