The preliminary competition for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil is drawing to a close. Unsurprisingly, the 69 World Cup qualifying matches played since the last edition of the FIFA World Ranking, as well as the 20 friendlies and ten qualifying matches for continental competitions, have had a significant effect on the table. In the top ten, only Spain’s position as number one remains unchanged, while Germany have pushed Argentina out of second place. New entries into the top ten are Switzerland (7th, up 7) and England (10th, up 7), both thanks to their recent strong performances in the final group games in the World Cup preliminary competition. Italy, meanwhile, have paid heavily for their draw against Armenia, dropping four places to eighth in the ranking.
The distribution of teams in Pot 1 for the World Cup Final Draw on 6 December is as follows: Brazil, together with Spain, Germany, Argentina, Colombia, Belgium and Switzerland are definitely in Pot 1. If Uruguay win the intercontinental play-off against Jordan, they will also go into the first pot. However, if Jordan win, the decimal points difference between the Netherlands (1135.95) and Italy (1135.61) will see the Netherlands take the last place in Pot 1.