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1966-94
Number One Ranked Teams 1994-

FIFA Rankings are the next rankings announced after the match i.e. taking account of the match result.

GERMANY - 23 March 1994 to 10 July 1994 - (110 days) - 1 successful defence
(fifth time at Number One)
Defence Matches Second Place FIFA Ranking FIFA Top Two
  (Stuttgart)
23 March 1994 - Germany 2 Italy 1
Italy 2 Brazil
Germany
1 WORLD CUP (Chicago)
21 June 1994 - Germany 1 Spain 1
Italy 4 Brazil
Italy
N/A WORLD CUP QUARTER-FINAL (New York)
10 July 1994 - Bulgaria 2 Germany 1
N/A 4 Brazil
Italy
  Germany lost one other match during the period, to:
Republic of Ireland
BRAZIL - 17 July 1994 to 29 April 1998 - (1383 days) - 8 successful defences
(fourth time at Number One)
Defence Matches Second Place FIFA Ranking FIFA Top Two
  WORLD CUP FINAL (Los Angeles)
17 July 1994 - Brazil 0 Italy 0
AET
Brazil won 3-2 on penalties.
Italy 1 Brazil
Italy
1 UMBRO CUP (Birmingham)
4 June 1995 -
Brazil 1 Sweden 0
Italy 1 Brazil
Italy
2 COPA AMÉRICA (Rivera)
17 July 1995 - Argentina 2 Brazil 2
Brazil won 4-2 on penalties.
Germany
(since 21 June 1995)
1 Brazil
Norway
3 COPA 50IMO ANIVERSARIO DE CLARÍN (Buenos Aires)
8 November 1995 - Argentina 0 Brazil 1
Germany 1 Brazil
Germany
4 (Amsterdam)
31 August 1996 - Netherlands 2 Brazil 2
Germany 1 Brazil
Germany
5 TOURNOI DE FRANCE (Lyon)
3 June 1997 - Brazil 1 France 1
Germany 1 Brazil
Germany
6 TOURNOI DE FRANCE (Lyon)
8 June 1997 - Brazil 3 Italy 3
Germany 1 Brazil
Germany
7 TOURNOI DE FRANCE (Paris)
10 June 1997 - Brazil 1 England 0
Germany 1 Brazil
Germany
8 (Stuttgart)
25 March 1998 - Germany 1 Brazil
2
Germany 1 Brazil
Germany
  Brazil lost two matches during the period, to:
Norway and USA (and also lost on penalties to Uruguay)
ARGENTINA - 29 April 1998 to 4 July 1998 - (67 days) - 1 successful defence
(third time at Number One)
Defence Matches Second Place FIFA Ranking FIFA Top Two
  (Rio de Janeiro)
29 April 1998 - Brazil 0 Argentina 1
Brazil 6 Brazil
Germany
1 WORLD CUP SECOND ROUND (Saint-Etienne)
30 June 1998 - Argentina 2 England 2
AET
Argentina won 4-3 on penalties.
Brazil 5 Brazil
France
N/A WORLD CUP QUARTER-FINAL (Marseille)
4 July 1998 - Argentina 1 Netherlands 2
N/A 5 Brazil
France
  Argentina did not lose any other matches during the period.
FRANCE - 12 July 1998 to 21 June 2000 - (711 days) - 1 successful defence
(first time at Number One)
Defence Matches Second Place FIFA Ranking FIFA Top Two
  WORLD CUP FINAL (Paris)
12 July 1998 - Brazil 0 France 3
Brazil 2 Brazil
France
1 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP (Bruges)
11 June 2000 - Denmark 0 France 3
Brazil
(since 7 September 1999, Argentina from 4 September 1999)
2 Brazil
France
  France lost one match during the period, to:
Russia
NETHERLANDS - 21 June 2000 to 15 June 2002 - (725 days) - 4 successful defences
(first time at Number One)
Defence Matches Second Place FIFA Ranking FIFA Top Two
  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP (Amsterdam)
21 June 2000 -
France 2 Netherlands 3
France 8 Brazil
France
1 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP SEMI-FINAL (Amsterdam)
29 June 2000 -
Italy 0 Netherlands 0 AET
Italy won 3-1 on penalties.
France 8 Brazil
France
2 (London)
15 August 2001 - England
0 Netherlands 2
France 10 France
Brazil
3 (Copenhagen)
10 November 2001 - Denmark
1 Netherlands 1
France 8 France
Argentina
4 (Amsterdam)
13 February 2002 -
Netherlands 1 England 1
France 9 France
Argentina
  Netherlands lost two matches during the period, to:
Portugal and Republic of Ireland
BRAZIL - 30 June 2002 to 1 July 2006 - (1,463 days) - 5 successful defences
(fifth time at Number One)
Defence Matches Second Place FIFA Ranking FIFA Top Two
  WORLD CUP FINAL (Yokohama)
30 June 2002 - Brazil 2 Germany 0
Germany 1 Brazil
Argentina/France
1 (Seoul)
20 November 2002 -
Korea Republic 2 Brazil 3
Germany 1 Brazil
France
2 CONFEDERATIONS CUP (Saint-Etienne)
23 June 2003 - Brazil 2 Turkey 2
Spain
(since 12 February 2003)
1 Brazil
France
3 (Paris)
20 May 2004 - France 0 Brazil 0
Spain 1 Brazil
France
4 (Berlin)
8 September 2004 - Germany 1 Brazil 1
Spain 1 Brazil
France
5 CONFEDERATIONS CUP SEMI-FINAL (Nuremberg)
25 June 2005 - Brazil 3 Germany 2
Spain 1 Brazil
Argentina
6 WORLD CUP QUARTER-FINAL (Frankfurt)
1 July 2006 - Brazil
0 France 1
N/A 1 Brazil
Italy
  Brazil lost seven other matches during the period, to:
Paraguay (twice), Portugal, Cameroon, Ecuador, Argentina and Mexico
ITALY - 9 July 2006 to 6 September 2006 - (60 days) - no successful defences
(fourth time at Number One)
Defence Matches Second Place FIFA Ranking FIFA Top Two
  WORLD CUP FINAL (Berlin)
9 July 2006 -
France 1 Italy 1 AET
Italy won 5-3 on penalties.
France 2 Brazil
Italy
  Italy lost one match during the period, to:
Croatia
FRANCE - 6 September 2006 to 7 February 2007 - (155 days) - no successful defences
(second time at Number One)
Defence Matches Second Place FIFA Ranking FIFA Top Two
  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP (Paris)
6 September 2006 -
France 3 Italy 1
Italy 2 Brazil
France
  France lost one match during the period, to:
Scotland
ARGENTINA - 7 February 2007 to 15 July 2007 - (159 days) -  no successful defences
(fourth time at Number One)
Defence Matches Second Place FIFA Ranking FIFA Top Two
  (Paris)
7 February 2007 -
France 0 Argentina 1
France 3 Italy
Brazil
  Argentina did not lose any matches during the period.
BRAZIL - 15 July 2007 to 2 July 2010 - (1084 days) - 7 successful defences
(sixth time at Number One)
Defence Matches Second Place FIFA Ranking FIFA Top Two
  COPA AMÉRICA FINAL (Maracaibo)
15 July 2007 - Argentina 0 Brazil 3
Argentina 1 Brazil
Argentina
1 WORLD CUP QUALIFYING (Belo Horizonte)
18 June 2008 -
Brazil 0 Argentina 0
Argentina 4 Spain
Italy
2 (Gama)
19 November 2008 - Brazil 6 Portugal 2
Argentina 5 Spain
Germany
3 (London)
10 February 2009 - Brazil 2 Italy 0
Argentina 5 Spain
Germany
4 CONFEDERATIONS CUP (Pretoria)
21 June 2009 - Brazil 3 Italy 0
Argentina 1 Brazil
Spain
5 WORLD CUP QUALIFYING (Rosario)
5 September 2009 -
Argentina 1 Brazil 3
Argentina 1 Brazil
Spain
6 (Doha)
14 November 2009 - Brazil
1 England 0
Spain 2 Spain
Brazil
7 WORLD CUP (Durban)
25 June 2010 -
Brazil 0 Portugal 0
Spain 3 Spain
Netherlands
8 WORLD CUP QUARTER-FINAL (Port Elizabeth)
2 July 2010 -
Brazil 1 Netherlands 2
N/A 3 Spain
Netherlands
  Brazil lost three other matches during the period, to:
Venezuela, Paraguay and Bolivia
SPAIN - 11 July 2010 to 7 September 2010 - (59 days) - no successful defences
(first time at Number One)
Defence Matches Second Place FIFA Ranking FIFA Top Two
  WORLD CUP FINAL (Johannesburg)
11 July 2010 - Netherlands 0 Spain 1
AET
Netherlands 1 Spain
Netherlands
  Spain did not lose any matches during the period.
ARGENTINA - 7 September 2010 to 28 September 2011 - (387 days) -  4 successful defences
(fifth time at Number One)
Defence Matches Second Place FIFA Ranking FIFA Top Two
  (Buenos Aires)
7 September 2010 -
Argentina 4 Spain 1
Spain 5 Spain
Netherlands
1 (Doha)
17 November 2010 - Argentina 1 Brazil 0
Spain 5 Spain
Netherlands
2 (Resistencia)
25 May 2011 - Argentina 4 Paraguay 2
Spain 10 Spain
Netherlands
3 COPA AMÉRICA QUARTER-FINAL (Santa Fe)
16 July 2011 - Argentina 1 Uruguay 1
AET
Uruguay won 5-4 on penalties.
Spain 10 Spain
Netherlands
4 Superclásico de las Américas first leg (Cordoba)
14 September 2011 - Argentina
0 Brazil 0
Spain 10 Spain
Netherlands
  Argentina lost three matches during the period, to:
Japan, Nigeria and Poland
BRAZIL - 28 September 2011 to 9 June 2012 - (256 days) - no successful defences
(seventh time at Number One)
Defence Matches Second Place FIFA Ranking FIFA Top Two
  Superclásico de las Américas SECOND leg (Belem)
28 September 2011 -
Brazil 2 Argentina 0
Brazil win 2-0 on aggregate.
Argentina 5 Spain
Netherlands
  Brazil lost one match during the period, to:
Mexico
ARGENTINA - 9 June 2012 to 19 September 2012 - (103 days) -  1 successful defence
(sixth time at Number One)
Defence Matches Second Place FIFA Ranking FIFA Top Two
  (East Rutherford)
9 June 2012 -
Argentina 4 Brazil 3
Brazil 7 Spain
Germany
1 WORLD CUP QUALIFYING (Cordoba)
7 September 2012 -
Argentina 3 Paraguay 1
Brazil 4 Spain
Germany
  Argentina did not lose any matches during the period.
BRAZIL - 19 September 2012 to 21 November 2012 - (64 days) - no successful defences
(eighth time at Number One)
Defence Matches Second Place FIFA Ranking FIFA Top Two
  Superclásico de las Américas FIRST leg (Goiania)
19 September 2012 -
Brazil 2 Argentina 1
Argentina 12 Spain
Germany
  Brazil did not lose any matches during the period.
ARGENTINA - 21 November 2012 to 15 October 2013 - (329 days) -  2 successful defences
(seventh time at Number One)
Defence Matches Second Place FIFA Ranking FIFA Top Two
  Superclásico de las Américas SECOND leg
(Buenos Aires)
21 November 2012 -
Argentina 2 Brazil 1
Aggregate 3-3. Brazil won 4-3 on penalties
Brazil 3 Spain
Germany
1 (Rome)
14 August 2013 -
Italy 1 Argentina 2
England
(since 6 February 2013)
2 Spain
Argentina
2 WORLD CUP QUALIFYING (Asuncion)
10 September 2013 -
Paraguay 2 Argentina 5
England 2 Spain
Argentina
  Argentina did not lose any matches during the period.
URUGUAY - 15 October 2013 to 28 June 2014 - (257 days) -  2 successful defences
(first time at Number One)
Defence Matches Second Place FIFA Ranking FIFA Top Two
  WORLD CUP QUALIFYING (Montevideo)
15 October 2013 -
Uruguay 3 Argentina 2
Argentina 6 Spain
Germany
1 WORLD CUP (Sao Paulo)
19 June 2014 -
England 1 Uruguay 2
Argentina 6 Germany
Argentina
2 WORLD CUP (Natal)
24 June 2014 - Italy
0 Uruguay 1
Argentina 6 Germany
Argentina
N/A WORLD CUP SECOND ROUND (Rio de Janeiro)
28 June 2014 - Colombia
2 Uruguay 0
N/A 6 Germany
Argentina
  Uruguay lost one other match during the period, to:
Costa Rica
GERMANY - 13 July 2014 to 3 September 2014 - (53 days) - no successful defences
(sixth time at Number One)
Defence Matches Second Place FIFA Ranking FIFA Top Two
  WORLD CUP FINAL (Rio de Janeiro)
13 July 2014 - Argentina 0 Germany 1
AET
Argentina 1 Germany
Argentina
  Germany did not play any other matches during the period.
ARGENTINA - 3 September 2014 to 11 October 2014 - (39 days) -  no successful defences
(eighth time at Number One)
Defence Matches Second Place FIFA Ranking FIFA Top Two
  (Dusseldorf)
3 September 2014 -
Germany 2 Argentina 4
Germany 2 Germany
Argentina
  Argentina did not play any other matches during the period.
BRAZIL - 11 October 2014 to 17 June 2015 - (250 days) -  1 successful defence
(ninth time at Number One)
Defence Matches Second Place FIFA Ranking FIFA Top Two
  Superclásico de las Américas (Beijing)
11 October 2014 -
Argentina 0 Brazil 2
Argentina 6 Germany
Argentina
1 (Paris)
26 March 2015 - France
1 Brazil 3
Argentina 4 Germany
Argentina
  Brazil did not lose any matches during the period.
COLOMBIA - 17 June 2015 to 17 November 2015 - (143 days) - 1 successful defence
(first time at Number One)
Defence Matches Second Place FIFA Ranking FIFA Top Two
  COPA AMÉRICA (Santiago)
17 June 2015 -
Brazil 0 Colombia 1
Brazil 4 Argentina
Germany
1 COPA AMÉRICA QUARTER-FINAL (Vina del Mar)
26 June 2015 - Argentina 0
Colombia 0
Argentina won 5-4 on penalties.
Brazil 4 Argentina
Germany
  Colombia lost one match during the period, to:
Uruguay
ARGENTINA - 17 November 2015 to 10 November 2016 - (359 days) - no successful defences
(ninth time at Number One)
Defence Matches Second Place FIFA Ranking FIFA Top Two
  WORLD CUP QUALIFYING (Baranquilla)
17 November 2015 -
Colombia 0 Argentina 1
Colombia 2 Belgium
Argentina
  Argentina lost one match during the period, to:
Paraguay (and also lost on penalties to Chile)
BRAZIL - 10 November 2016 to 9 June 2017 - (211 days) - 1 successful defence
(tenth time at Number One)
Defence Matches Second Place FIFA Ranking FIFA Top Two
  WORLD CUP QUALIFYING (Belo Horizonte)
10 November 2016 -
Brazil 3 Argentina 0
Argentina 2 Argentina
Brazil
1 (Rio de Janeiro)
25 January 2017 -
Brazil 1 Colombia 0
Argentina 2 Argentina
Brazil
  Brazil did not lose any matches during the period.
ARGENTINA - 9 June 2017 to  - (days) - successful defences
(tenth time at Number One)
Defence Matches Second Place FIFA Ranking FIFA Top Two
  (Melbourne)
9 June 2017 -
Argentina 1 Brazil 0
Brazil 3 Germany
Brazil
  Argentina did not lose any matches during the period.

Roll of Honour

Most times at Number One: 10 - Argentina, Brazil
6 - Germany, 4 - Italy, 2 - France, 1 - Colombia, England, Netherlands, Spain, Uruguay, USSR

Most days at Number One: Brazil (6,943 total, 1,463 single - 2002-06)
Total: 4,197 - Germany, 2,491 - Argentina, 1,851 - Italy
Single: 1,454 - Germany (1988-92), 1,383 - Brazil (1994-98), 1,369 - West Germany (1974-78)

Fewest days at Number One: Argentina (39 - September-October 2014)
Total: 59 - Spain (July-September 2010)

Most successful defences: Brazil (33 total, 8 single - 1994-98)
Total: 11 - Argentina, Germany
Single: 7 - Brazil (2007-10), 6 - Brazil (1979-82)

1966-94

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