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Brazil pass Germany in FIFA rankings; Switzerland, Poland in top five

Michael Ballack calls on Germany's young players to step up and replace the team's retired stars ahead of the World Cup.

Brazil are back on top of the FIFA rankings, replacing World Cup holders Germany.

Brazil haven't played a game since June, while Germany were last in action a month ago when they beat Chile to collect the Confederations Cup in Russia.

The FIFA rankings are based on results over a four-year period.

Argentina retained third place, Switzerland rose to fourth -- their highest position since the first rankings 24 years go -- and Poland moved into an all-time best fifth.

The United States climbed nine...

ESPN FC  By Dale Johnson

Brazil to return to top of FIFA Ranking as Switzerland and Poland climb

Brazil will return to the top of the FIFA Ranking next month, while both Switzerland and Poland will continue their remarkable rise upwards.

Brazil briefly lost the No. 1 position earlier this month after Germany won the Confederations Cup. But the two nations will swap positions again when the new Ranking is published on Aug. 10 as Germany will lose points due to rolling historical results being devalued.

Argentina will remain in third but the big surprise sees Switzerland move up a place to fourth...