Historical rankings for the four world cup favourites are plotted below. I'm amazed that for the last 20 years Brazil and Spain have dominated the #1 position so much. And the only real blip not covered by one of these four teams is France (a year after winning WC 98 and Euro 2000).

Anyway it's good that all four are looking strong right now and to see Brazil shoot back to near the top just before their world cup. This should be good :)

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