FIFA World Cup power rankings updated through the quarter Finals

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By Alec Kleyer
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Here are the FIFA World Cup power rankings after the quarterfinals:

FIFA World Cup power rankings updated through the quarter Finals

1. Germany ( Last Week: 2 )

At the moment the Germans look like the team to beat heading into the final four teams of the FIFA World Cup. They have been literally great in every aspect. They have completed 85 percent of their passes which ties Italy for highest. Their percentage of shots on goal per total shots is second behind the Netherlands with 70 percent. They’re average possession of the ball for the tournament has been 59 percent, which is also second best of the tournament. Outstanding performances by goalkeeper Manuel Neuer also solidifies their spot as number one on my power rankings.

Goals Scored: 10 (Tied – 2nd)

Goals Conceded: 3 (Tied – 2nd)

Completed Passes: 85% (Tied – 1st)

Attacks: 216 (5th)

Shot on goal per total shots: 70% (2nd)

Possession: 59% (2nd)

Completed Clearances: 83% (18th)

Saves: 17 (8th)

(Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)

2. Argentina ( 5 )

The Argentines are picking things up finally. For the group stages, and against Switzerland, it seemed as if Argentina was riding on first gear. But, after their showcase against Belgium, it’s clear that Messi and his pack are a threat. The loss of Di Maria is huge and Perez, his replacement during the Belgium game, will be a huge downgrade.

Goals Scored: 8 (5th)

Goals Conceded: 3 (Tied – 2nd)

Completed Passes: 79% (5th)

Attacks: 280 (1st)

Shot on goal per total shots: 64% (7th)

Possession: 60% (1st)

Completed Clearances: 87% (10th)

Saves: 14 (10th)

(Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)

3. Netherlands ( 4 )

Netherlands have Arjen Robben, enough said. Many critics are worried about stopping Lionel Messi but when the Argentina defense has to come up against Arjen Robben’s speed and power, Van Persie’s left footed monster shot and heading ability, and Wesley Sneider’s long-range shots, Alejandro Sabella (Argentina head coach) has something to surely worry about. Netherlands boast the best shot on goal per total shot percentage from the 32 teams and have also scored the most goals in the tournament.

Goals Scored: 12 (Tied – 1st)

Goals Conceded: 4 (Tied – 9th)

Completed Passes: 77% (Tied – 11th)

Attacks: 206 (6th)

Shot on goal per total shots: 75% (1st)

Possession: 50% (15th)

Completed Clearances: 92% (Tied – 3rd)

Saves: 12 (Tied – 13th)

(Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

4. Brazil ( 7 )

Neymar? Out. Thiago Silva? Out. Willian? Doubtful. It’s not looking too good for the host nation. They surprisingly beat Colombia with ease and put James Rodriguez to rest, but with Thiago Silva getting a yellow card in consecutive matches, he will not be able to participate in the semi final matchup against Germany. Neymar suffered a fractured vertebrae in the 88th minute of play against Colombia and will miss the rest of the World Cup. He will not require surgery and thankfully the fracture isn’t career threatening.

Goals Scored: 10 (Tied – 2nd)

Goals Conceded: 4 (Tied – 9th)

Completed Passes: 73% (Tied – 24th)

Attacks: 221 (4th)

Shot on goal per total shots: 66% (Tied – 4th)

Possession: 53% (Tied – 10th)

Completed Clearances: 79% (24th)

Saves: 6 (Tied – 30th)

(Photo by Lars Baron - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

5. Colombia ( 3 )

Shots on goal per total shot: 67%

Possession: 47%

(Photo by Amin Mohammad Jamali/Getty Images)

6. France ( 1 )

Shots on goal per total shot: 63%

Possession: 53%

(Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)

7. Belgium ( 6 )

Shots on goal per total shot: 64%

Possession: 53%

(Photo by Ibrahim Yakut/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

8. Costa Rica ( — )

Shots on goal per total shot: 47%

Possession: 43%

(AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)

9. Chile ( — )

Shots on goal per total shot: 50%

Possession: 45%

(Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)

10. Switzerland ( — )

Shots on goal per total shot: 62%

Possession: 48%

(AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)

11. Mexico ( — )

Shots on goal per total shot: 48%

Possession: 49%

(AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

12. Uruguay ( — )

Shots on goal per total shot: 59%

Possession: 46%

(AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

13. USA ( — )

Shots on goal per total shot: 66%

Possession: 44.5%

(AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

14. Italy ( — )

Shots on goal per total shot: 52%

Possession: 55%

(AP Photo/Francois Xavier Marit, pool)

15. Portugal ( — )

Shots on goal per total shot: 52%

Possession: 50.7%

(AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)

16. England ( — )

Shots on goal per total shot: 49%

Possession: 54.3%

(Photo by Bob Thomas/Popperfoto/Getty Images)

17. Spain ( — )

Shots on goal per total shot: 66%

Possession: 56%

(Photo by Alex Grimm - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

18. Croatia ( — )

Shots on goal per total shot: 56%

Possession: 49.3%

(AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

19. Nigeria ( — )

Shots on goal per total shot: 64%

Possession: 51%

(AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

20. Ivory Coast ( — )

Shots on goal per total shot: 64%

Possession: 55.7%

(Photo by Alex Livesey - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

21. Ghana ( — )

Shots on goal per total shot: 41%

Possession: 49%

(Photo by Dennis Grombkowski - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

22. Greece ( — )

Shots on goal per total shot: 52%

Possession: 47%

(Photo by Alex Grimm - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

23. Algeria ( — )

Shots on goal per total shot: 59%

Possession: 41%

(Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

24. Ecuador ( — )

Shots on goal per total shot: 62%

Possession: 45%

(AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

25. Russia ( — )

Shots on goal per total shot: 59%

Possession: 49.3%

(Photo by Shaun Botterill - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

26. Bosnia & Herzegovina ( – )

Shots on goal per total shot: 62%

Possession: 54.7%

(Photo by Ibrahim Yakut/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

27. Japan ( — )

Shots on goal per total shot: 62%

Possession: 55.7%

(AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

28. Korea ( — )

Shots on goal per total shot: 65%

Possession: 52.3%

(AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

29. Iran ( — )

Shots on goal per total shot: 55%

Possession: 34%

(Photo by Amin Mohammad Jamali/Getty Images)

30. Australia ( –)

Shots on goal per total shot: 52%

Possession: 43.7%

(AP Photo/Jon Super)

31. Honduras ( – )

Shots on goal per total shot: 52%

Possession: 49%

(AP Photo/David Vincent)

32. Cameroon ( – )

Shots on goal per total shot: 43%

Possession: 45.7%

(Photo by Clive Mason - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
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