Good news for Falcao, embarrassment for Neymar

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The two famous Chelsea striking targets and talismen of their countries have seen contrasting fortunes in the latest FIFA World Rankings.

How much to the FIFA World Rankings really mean?

Well they certainly throw up some interesting figures - It remains an absolute bemusement to everybody in England that Roy Hodgson's men regularly feature so highly.

The latest set of rankings place England in sixth. Yes that's sixth in the world.

We will never quite get our heads around that one, but in the latest rankings there are two standout countries.

Falcao's Colombia are up to fifth in the world - That's despite not qualifying for a World Cup since 1998.

Colombian football is undergoing a rebirth, and Falcao is not the only one responsible. Porto pair Jackson Martinez and James Rodriguez and Inter's Fredy Guarin are among his talented teammates.

The country are odds on to seal a path to the 2014 World Cup, they lie third in CONMEBOL qualifying after eight games, four points clear of fourth, and if they win their game in hand they will be up to second, leapfrogging Ecuador and one point behind Argentina.

They are now close to their highest ever ranking of fourth, in 1996, and will hope to be the form team by time the World Cup comes around.

By contrast, a team on the slide - According to FIFA, is Brazil.

Led by talisman Neymar, Brazil have dipped to their lowest world ranking since 1993, of 18th.

Brazil head into the 2014 World Cup under immense pressure; They are hosting it, and their passionate fans demand nothing less than victory and 2002's winning manager Luiz Scolari has been appointed as boss to help them do so.

On the face of it, the ranking does not look good - But Brazil's low ranking is simply part of a flaw of the system.

As hosts, Brazil have no competitive matches to play - Which provide the majority of points for FIFA's mangled ranking system, and they must make do with low-value friendly matches.

Do we really believe Greece (11th) are better than Brazil in 18th? Do we believe England in sixth are even close? Of course not. It's just another thing Sepp Blatter and his cronies need to sort out, or even do away with completely.

Here are the top 20:

1 - Spain, 2- Germany 3- Argentina 4- Italy 5- Colombia 6- England 7- Portugal 8- Holland 9- Russia 10- Croatia 11- Greece 12- Switzerland 13- Ecuador 14- Ivory Coast 15- Mexico 16- Uruguay 17- France 18- Brazil 19- Algeria 20- Sweden

What do you think of the World Rankings? Is it time to scrap them? How should they be re-invented?

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