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14 Feb 2013 15:15 GMT
In the latest FIFA rankings, usual suspects Spain lead an unchanged top three ahead of Germany and Argentina.
Fourth-place England improved two places after their recent
victory over Brazil in a friendly, pushing Italy to fifth spot, followed by
Colombia, Portugal, Netherlands, Croatia and Russia in 10th.
Five-times World Cup winners and 2014 World Cup hosts Brazil
stay in 18th, their lowest-ever ranking.
Africa Cup of Nations winners Nigeria leapt 22 places up the
standings. The Super Eagles, who edged Burkina Faso 1-0 in the final, rise to
30th place in the table, their best position for three years.
Their opponents Burkina Faso, who defied expectations by
reaching the final, stayed outside the top 50 but have jumped 37 places to 55th.
Ivory Coast takes the honours as the top-ranked African
country in twelfth spot, followed by Ghana
seven places below. The continent still remains without a team in the top ten however.
The USA dropped four spots to 32nd after losing a World Cup
qualifier to 51st-ranked Honduras.
leads CONCACAF nations in 15th spot, while Japan leads Asian nations at No. 28,
down seven places.
South America showed their strength-in-depth as Venezuela climbed
10 places to 45th, leaving all of the continent\(***)s 10 teams in the top 50.
And last, but not least, tied in 207th place are The Turks and Caicos Islands, Bhutan and San Marino.
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