FIFA’s Top 20 un­changed

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ZURICH — Brazil leads an un­changed Top 20 in the FIFA rank­ings while Canada rose one spot to No. 108.

None of the lead­ing South Amer­i­can and Euro­pean na­tional teams played in April, but Brazil ex­tended its lead over sec­ond-place Ar­gentina be­cause pre­vi­ous matches changed in value.

FIFA weighs re­sults over a four-year cy­cle with more value given to games played in the past year.

World Cup win­ner Ger­many is third. Chile, the two-time de­fend­ing Copa Amer­ica cham­pion, and Colom­bia com­plete the Top 5.

World Cup host Rus­sia is un­changed at No. 61, though is play­ing only friendlies while ri­vals play higher-value qual­i­fy­ing games.

Canada was sand­wiched be­tween El Sal­vador and Jor­dan on the lat­est list.

The next rank­ings will be pub­lished on June 1, ahead of World Cup qual­i­fiers and the Con­fed­er­a­tions Cup in Rus­sia.

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