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

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Jul 1, 2014; Salvador, BRAZIL; Belgium forward Kevin Mirallas (11) celebrates an overtime goal against USA during the round of sixteen match in the 2014 World Cup at Arena Fonte Nova. Belgium defeated USA 2-1 in overtime. Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY 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.

1. France (Last Week 2)

Shots on goal per total shot: 62%

Average Possession: 53.7%

2. Germany (1)

Shots on goal per total shot: 70%

Possession: 59.8%

3. Colombia (5)

Shots on goal per total shot: 72%

Possession: 46.3%

4. Netherlands (3)

Shots on goal per total shot: 75%

Possession: 46.5%

5. Argentina (8)

Shots on goal per total shot: 64%

Possession: 61%

6. Belgium (7)

Shots on goal per total shot: 68%

Possession: 53.5%

7. Brazil ( 4 )

Shots on goal per total shot: 69%

Possession: 53.5%

8. Costa Rica ( 9 )

Shots on goal per total shot: 47%

Possession: 44.5%

9. Chile (5)

Shots on goal per total shot: 50%

Possession: 45%

10. Switzerland (20)

Shots on goal per total shot: 62%

Possession: 48%

11. Mexico (11)

Shots on goal per total shot: 48%

Possession: 49%

12. Uruguay (12)

Shots on goal per total shot: 59%

Possession: 46%

13. USA (13)

Shots on goal per total shot: 66%

Possession: 44.5%

14. Italy (10)

Shots on goal per total shot: 52%

Possession: 55%

15. Portugal (17)

Shots on goal per total shot: 52%

Possession: 50.7%

16. England (18)

Shots on goal per total shot: 49%

Possession: 54.3%

17. Spain (19)

Shots on goal per total shot: 66%

Possession: 56%

18. Croatia (14)

Shots on goal per total shot: 56%

Possession: 49.3%

19. Nigeria (23)

Shots on goal per total shot: 64%

Possession: 51%

20. Ivory Coast (16)

Shots on goal per total shot: 64%

Possession: 55.7%

21. Ghana (15)

Shots on goal per total shot: 41%

Possession: 49%

22. Greece (27)

Shots on goal per total shot: 52%

Possession: 47%

23. Algeria (25)

Shots on goal per total shot: 59%

Possession: 41%

24. Ecuador (21)

Shots on goal per total shot: 62%

Possession: 45%

25. Russia (22)

Shots on goal per total shot: 59%

Possession: 49.3%

26. Bosnia & Herzegovina ( – )

Shots on goal per total shot: 62%

Possession: 54.7%

27. Japan (24)

Shots on goal per total shot: 62%

Possession: 55.7%

28. Korea (30)

Shots on goal per total shot: 65%

Possession: 52.3%

29. Iran (28)

Shots on goal per total shot: 55%

Possession: 34%

30. Australia (29)

Shots on goal per total shot: 52%

Possession: 43.7%

31. Honduras ( – )

Shots on goal per total shot: 52%

Possession: 49%

32. Cameroon ( – )

Shots on goal per total shot: 43%

Possession: 45.7%

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!
4 comments
slk5
slk5

fifa is at it again!!! the world cup is like the miss universe contest, lets see how many countries around the world are happiest, at the same time!!! if the 32 best teams were invited to the cup, most would be from europe and the america's!!! some of the teams that didn't make it, could pop many of these teams!!! france...who in their group was a contender??? i guarantee, they won't make the semi's!!!

JosephKoslowski
JosephKoslowski

FIFA are amazing. All the matches were very close ( with maybe the BE-US match an exception but for Tim Howard).  I don't understand how France can be ahead of Germany or Columbia, how Switzerland can be number ten in front of the US or Mexico or how Mexico can be ahead of the US at all let alone two spots.  Perhaps the most ridiculous standing in the table is England at 16.  Theu collected one point in three matches and the point they took was in game that played like a late season friendly.

FIFA are amazing and not in a good way.

aleckleyer
aleckleyer

@JosephKoslowski France is in first because they have looked and played like the best team in the tournament. The rankings will probably stir up a bit after Germany beats France and Colombia beats Brazil haha

josayjayce
josayjayce

@JosephKoslowski Mexico is ahead of the U.S because they are a better team . They have played  really well  In the World Cup and against stronger teams . The united states lost two games  , were mexico lost only one game in the tournament and only reason why U.S advanced was because of point not wins.