Germany back on top
GERMANY are back at the top of world soccer, taking over from Brazil as No. 1 in the FIFA rankings, which will have a greater role deciding how the World Cup groups are drawn. FIFA announced a tweak to the World Cup seeding process yesterday that means all four draw pots will be decided according to rankings. Past World Cup draws have been made by geographical region after the host and seven highest-ranked filled a top-seeded pot. Hosts Russia – currently No. 64 – and teams ranked Nos. 1-7 in the October rankings will be top seeds.