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World Cup: Updated FIFA World Cup Power Rankings After Round Of 16

XN Sports

The last 16 of the World Cup turned into the elite eight on Tuesday and the power rankings are stirring up. Much of it hasn't changed, partly because 16 other teams haven't played.

France grabbed two late goals against Nigeria and retook the number one spot on the power rankings.

Germany struggled against a poor Algerian team and nearly lost all of its World Cup reputation. They had to go into extra time, where they dominated over the African side.

Netherlands beat Mexico in a thriller that almost saw the Dutch lose their high hopes. Robben won a late penalty and Huntelaar converted it.

Costa Rica had an easy opponent in Greece but the matchup was still tough. Greece had a substantial amount of shots on goal but Navas, keeper for Costa Rica, kept most of them out. He was truly man of the match.

Argentina and Belgium play the same way. They are extremely dangerous teams riding on first gear right now. They still have yet to reach their full potential and show what they really can do. They play each other in the quarter finals.

Last but not least are the hosts Brazil. They are showing signs of weaknesses on defense and that should worry coach Scolari. Heading into their match with a dangerous Colombian side, the Brazilian defense needs to step it up a few notches.

Here are the updated power rankings after the Round of 16.


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blo2thehead July 02 2014 at 9:56 PM

So America has named a new hero. A losing goalie that had a performance equivalent to a running back rushing for 100yds in a game. How pathetic can you get?
This country gets softer every day.

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pty014372 July 02 2014 at 4:41 PM

Seahawks #1, Broncos #2, Niners #3...thoughts?

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David July 02 2014 at 5:04 PM

World Cup just lost at least 15,000,000 viewers--count them

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tevez128 David July 02 2014 at 5:44 PM

don't think so!!

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madcap.1 David July 03 2014 at 10:22 AM

your absolutely right. the only reason we watched was out of patriotism because the team wore USA. now that we have lost we can quit watching this girls game

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mdcpbd July 02 2014 at 5:12 PM

Promote the NFL overseas

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tevez128 mdcpbd July 02 2014 at 5:45 PM

**** NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO NO one cares about your shitty sport!!!!!!!!!! outside the usa!!!!!!!! and it will never will!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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soccer_sucks tevez128 July 02 2014 at 6:10 PM

Soccer is like the ford pinto
Worst thing ever

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ivang6974 July 02 2014 at 6:25 PM

Obviously the person that wrote this article doesn't know a thing about REAL Football

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Annika ivang6974 July 02 2014 at 8:06 PM

You mean football as in people carrying the ball in their hands like they do here? Sorry, that's not real football. Ask for football in any other country on the globe and people think of soccer (which actually involves feet).

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clo ivang6974 July 02 2014 at 10:01 PM

They only use their feet because you have to have hand/eye coordination to pl;ay real football.

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soccer_sucks July 02 2014 at 6:11 PM

This so called sport makes no sence. How can you be down to 8 teams, when 16 teams have not even played one game.

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twalsh4440 July 02 2014 at 6:04 PM


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jmetro27 July 02 2014 at 5:23 PM

ok USA youve learned your lesson ..just stick to baseball. football. and basketball . after all 65% of your soccer team comes from asia. south africa and europe. if you need to compete use american citizens.

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engineerwells jmetro27 July 02 2014 at 5:42 PM

That's a good comment. Americans only on American teams. And none of that cheesy bring them in here and give them papers so they can play. Then if they lose, it might matter.

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rafo2005 jmetro27 July 03 2014 at 12:01 AM

nobody cares about baseball, nor football...now the world is watching....SOCCEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEERRRRRRRRRRR

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swimdude1978 July 02 2014 at 5:16 PM

What is this peculiar game they call Soccer. I live in the United States and I have never heard of it!

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Disculpame July 02 2014 at 10:24 PM

One will know when the U.S. considers soccer their sport. The fans will see American teams with head gear, just as they do when they see present day American rodeos. "Oh, please just kick the ball, don't kick my head" LOL!!!

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