Jun 12, 2014; Sao Paulo, BRAZIL; Detailed view of an official Adidas soccer ball during the game between Croatia against Brazil in the opening game of the 2014 World Cup at Arena Corinthians. Brazil defeated Croatia 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

World Cup 2014: Power rankings for all 32 teams after first game

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.

Rank LW Nation
1 8 Netherlands Flag Netherlands
2 3 Germany Flag Germany
3 4 Belgium Flag Belgium
4 2 Argentina Flag Argentina
5 1 Brazil Flag Brazil
6 10 Italy Flag Italy
7 12 Colombia Flag Colombia
8 11 France Flag France
9 15 Mexico Flag Mexico
10 28 Costa Rica Flag Costa Rica
11 5 Spain Flag Spain
12 13 Chile Flag Chile
13 14 USA Flag USA
14 21 Switzerland Flag Switzerland
15 16 Cote D'Ivoire Flag Ivory Coast
16 6 England Flag England
17 9 Uruguay Flag Uruguay
18 7 Portugal Flag Portugal
19 18 Russia Flag Russia
20 20 Croatia Flag Croatia
21 17 Bosnia Flag Bosnia-Herzegovina
22 22 Japan Flag Japan
23 19 Ecuador Flag Ecuador
24 26 Cameroon Flag Cameroon
25 23 Ghana Flag Ghana
26 27 South Korea Flag South Korea
27 31 Algeria Flag Algeria
28 30 Australia Flag Australia
29 24 Greece Flag Greece
30 29 Honduras Flag Honduras
31 25 Nigeria Flag Nigeria
32 32 Iran Flag Iran

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