World Cup: Updated FIFA World Cup Power Rankings

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After a wild first week of games that saw Costa Rica upset Uruguay and Netherlands embarrass the defending champions Spain, the tempo didn’t settle down in the following week.

Costa Rica continued to upset top ranked teams with their 1-0 win over Italy on Friday at the Arena Pernambuco. Germany continued their historic second game blues trend by almost losing to African side Ghana. France and the Netherlands have scored eight goals in their first two matches of the World Cup. And to seal the deal, England has been eliminated prematurely after being terrorized by Luis Suarez of Uruguay.

Here are the updated Power Rankings through the second week of games:

1. France (Up from 3)

Average Stats per game: Total Shots – 21 (Most – 1st), Shots on Goal – 13 (Most – 1st), Shot on goal per shot % – 62% (11th), Fouls – 14.5 (13th), Possession – 53% (12th), Saves – 2.5 (Least – 32nd), Offsides – 1.5 (17th)

2. Netherlands ( — )

Average Stats per game: Total Shots – 14 (12th), Shots on Goal – 12.5 (2nd), Shot on goal per shot % – 89% (Most – 1st), Fouls – 21.5 (Most – 1st), Possession – 47.5% (19th), Saves – 5.5 (13th), Offsides – 3 (5th)

3. Germany (Down from 1)

Average Stats per game: Total Shots – 12 (16th), Shots on Goal – 7.5 (16th), Shot on goal per shot % – 63% (6th), Fouls – 9.5 (29th), Possession – 56.5% (3rd), Saves – 8 (Most – 1st), Offsides – 1.5 (17th)

4. Chile (Up from 9)

Average Stats per game: Total Shots – 9 (29th), Shots on Goal – 6.5 (21st), Shot on goal per shot % – 72% (3rd), Fouls – 12 (20th), Possession – 53% (12th), Saves – 6 (9th), Offsides – 1.5 (17th)

5. Costa Rica (Up from 11)

Average Stats per game: Total Shots – 11 (22nd), Shots on Goal – 5 (29th), Shot on goal per shot % – 45% (29th), Fouls – 21 (2nd), Possession – 44% (26th), Saves – 5 (16th), Offsides – 2.5 (9th)

6. Colombia (Up from 8)

Average Stats per game: Total Shots – 11.5 (18th), Shots on Goal – 8 (13th), Shot on goal per shot % – 70% (4th), Fouls – 15 (11th), Possession – 45% (25th), Saves – 7.5 (3rd), Offsides – 2 (15th)

7. Belgium ( — )

Average Stats per game: Total Shots – 13.5 (15th), Shots on Goal – 8.5 (10th), Shot on goal per shot % – 63% (6th), Fouls – 17 (6th), Possession – 59% (2nd), Saves – 3 (31st), Offsides – 5 (2nd)

8. Argentina (Down from 6)

Average Stats per game: Total Shots – 15 (9th), Shots on Goal – 7 (19th), Shot on goal per shot % – 47% (27th), Fouls – 9 (Least – 31st), Possession – 62.5% (Most – 1st), Saves – 7 (4th), Offsides – 0 (Least – 31st)

9. Brazil (Down from 5)

Average Stats per game: Total Shots – 14 (12th), Shots on Goal – 8.5 (10th), Shot on goal per shot % – 61% (14th), Fouls – 9 (Least – 31st), Possession – 55.5% (7th), Saves – 3.5 (28th), Offsides – 3 (5th)

10. Italy (Down from 4)

Average Stats per game: Total Shots – 11 (22nd), Shots on Goal – 5.5 (24th), Shot on goal per shot % – 50% (25th), Fouls – 11 (24th), Possession – 55% (9th), Saves – 6 (9th), Offsides – 9 (Most – 1st)

11. Mexico (Down from 10)

Average Stats per game: Total Shots – 11 (22nd), Shots on Goal – 4 (31st), Shot on goal per shot % – 36% (Least – 32nd), Fouls – 14.5 (13th), Possession – 52.5% (15th), Saves – 5 (16th), Offsides – 2.5 (9th)

12. Uruguay (Up from 17)

Average Stats per game: Total Shots – 9.5 (27th), Shots on Goal – 5.5 (24th), Shot on goal per shot % – 58% (17th), Fouls – 18.5 (3rd), Possession – 46% (23rd), Saves – 4 (26th), Offsides – 4.5 (4th)

13. USA ( — )

Average Stats per game: Total Shots – 11.5 (18th), Shots on Goal – 8.5 (10th), Shot on goal per shot % – 74% (2nd), Fouls – 11.5 (22nd), Possession – 44% (26th), Saves – 4.5 (20th), Offsides – 1 (23rd)

14. Croatia (Up from 18)

Average Stats per game: Total Shots – 15.5 (7th), Shots on Goal – 9 (7th), Shot on goal per shot % – 58% (17th), Fouls – 15 (11th), Possession – 46.5% (22nd), Saves – 5.5 (13th), Offsides – 2 (15th)

15. Ghana (Up from 19)

Average Stats per game: Total Shots – 20.5 (2nd), Shots on Goal – 9 (7th), Shot on goal per shot % – 44% (30th), Fouls – 13.5 (16th), Possession – 50.5% (16th), Saves – 4.5 (20th), Offsides – 5 (2nd)

16. Ivory Coast (Down from 12)

Average Stats per game: Total Shots – 17 (5th), Shots on Goal – 10.5 (3rd), Shot on goal per shot % – 62% (11th), Fouls – 13 (17th), Possession – 56.5% (3rd), Saves – 4.5 (20th), Offsides – 2.5 (9th)

17. Portugal (Up from 20)

Average Stats per game: Total Shots – 17.5 (3rd), Shots on Goal – 9 (7th), Shot on goal per shot % – 51% (24th), Fouls – 12.5 (18th), Possession – 49% (18th), Saves – 4 (26th), Offsides – 2.5 (9th)

18. England (Down from 15)

Average Stats per game: Total Shots – 15.5 (7th), Shots on Goal – 8 (13th), Shot on goal per shot % – 52% (23rd), Fouls – 10 (27th), Possession – 55% (9th), Saves – 3.5 (28th), Offsides – 0.5 (28th)

19. Spain (Down from 16)

Average Stats per game: Total Shots – 12 (16th), Shots on Goal – 7.5 (16th), Shot on goal per shot % – 63% (6th), Fouls – 9.5 (29th), Possession – 56.5% (3rd), Saves – 3.5 (28th), Offsides – 3 (5th)

20. Switzerland (Down from 14)

Average Stats per game: Total Shots – 17.5 (3rd), Shots on Goal – 10 (5th), Shot on goal per shot % – 57% (19th), Fouls – 10.5 (25th), Possession – 56.5% (3rd), Saves – 8 (Most – 1st), Offsides – 1 (23rd)

21. Ecuador (Up from 23)

Average Stats per game: Total Shots – 9 (29th), Shots on Goal – 5.5 (24th), Shot on goal per shot % – 61% (14th), Fouls – 16 (8th), Possession – 47.5% (19th), Saves – 7 (4th), Offsides – 2.5 (9th)

22. Russia (Up from 24)

Average Stats per game: Total Shots – 14.5 (11th), Shots on Goal – 8 (13th), Shot on goal per shot % – 55% (21st), Fouls – 12 (20th), Possession – 47.5% (19th), Saves – 5 (16th), Offsides – 0 (Least – 31st)

23. Nigeria (Up from 30)

Average Stats per game: Total Shots – 15 (9th), Shots on Goal – 9.5 (6th), Shot on goal per shot % – 63% (6th), Fouls – 12.5 (18th), Possession – 54.5% (11th), Saves – 5 (16th), Offsides – 1.5 (17th)

24. Japan (Down from 21)

Average Stats per game: Total Shots – 11.5 (18th), Shots on Goal – 7.5 (16th), Shot on goal per shot % – 65% (5th), Fouls – 18 (4th), Possession – 55.5% (7th), Saves – 5.5 (13th), Offsides – 1 (23rd)

25. Algeria ( — )

Average Stats per game: Total Shots – 9 (29th), Shots on Goal – 4.5 (30th), Shot on goal per shot % – 50% (25th), Fouls – 17 (6th), Possession – 40.5 (31st), Saves – 6 (9th), Offsides – 0.5 (28th)

26. Bosnia & Herzegovina (Down from 22)

Average Stats per game: Total Shots – 17 (5th), Shots on Goal – 10.5 (3rd), Shot on goal per shot % – 62% (11th), Fouls – 10.5 (25th), Possession – 49.5% (17th), Saves – 7 (4th), Offsides – 2.5 (9th)

27. Greece ( — )

Average Stats per game: Total Shots – 10.5 (25th), Shots on Goal – 6 (22nd), Shot on goal per shot % – 57.5% (19th), Fouls – 16 (8th), Possession – 43% (28th), Saves – 4.5 (20th), Offsides – 3 (5th)

28. Iran (Up from 31)

Average Stats per game: Total Shots – 7.5 (Least – 32nd), Shots on Goal – 3.5 (Least – 32nd), Shot on goal per shot % – 47% (27th), Fouls – 16 (8th), Possession – 33.5% (Least – 32nd), Saves – 7 (4th), Offsides – 1 (23rd)

29. Australia ( — )

Average Stats per game: Total Shots – 11.5 (18th), Shots on Goal – 7 (19th), Shot on goal per shot % – 61% (14th), Fouls – 18 (4th), Possession – 43% (28th), Saves – 7 (4th), Offsides – 1 (23rd)

30. Korea (Down from 26)

Average Stats per game: Total Shots – 9.5 (27th), Shots on Goal – 6 (22nd), Shot on goal per shot % – 63% (6th), Fouls – 10 (27th), Possession – 53% (12th), Saves – 4.5 (20th), Offsides – 0.5 (28th)

31. Honduras (Up from 32)

Average Stats per game: Total Shots – 10 (26th), Shots on Goal – 5.5 (24th), Shot on goal per shot % – 55% (21st), Fouls – 14.5 (13th), Possession – 43% (28th), Saves – 4.5 (20th), Offsides – 1.5 (17th)

32. Cameroon (Down from 28)

Average Stats per game: Total Shots – 14 (12th), Shots on Goal – 5.5 (24th), Shot on goal per shot % – 39% (31st), Fouls – 11.5 (22nd), Possession – 45.5% (24th), Saves – 6 (9th), Offsides – 1.5 (17th)

 

Alec Kleyer is a second year student at Macaulay Honors College. He's played, watched, analyzed soccer/futbol most of his life. Visit his blog at knlsoccer.com for soccer news outside of the World Cup!
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