Every team in the 2014 World Cup has played their first game, some have played their second. We know have a slightly better picture of what teams are contenders and what teams are pretenders, and thus it is time for another Power Ranking of the 32 teams at the 2014 World Cup.
There was a lot of shifting all over the list, but most noticeably there were some shifts at the top of the table. Coming into the tournament Brazil were the clear favorites to win the whole tournament but a controversial win over Croatia and a draw to Mexico have hurt them. They could very realistically be sitting with two points had some questionable calls gone the other way.
The Netherlands noticeably jumped from 8th place to 1st place after decimating Spain, who also dropped out of the top 10.
Germany inched up after beating Portugal convincingly, who were playing down a man for most of the game. Mexico climbed as well with their win over Cameroon and their draw against Brazil.
Costa Rica might have been the biggest mover and shaker after moving from the bottom of the table to the top half at 10. They beat a strong Uruguay team that came in with a top-10 FIFA World Ranking. The Uruguayan team is dealing with some injuries but Costa Rica still beat them convincingly.
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We’ll continue to update our power rankings throughout the tournament so stay tuned.
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