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Spain lead FIFA rankings

2011-01-12 11:39

Zurich - Soccer World Cup champions Spain still lead the FIFA rankings, while 2022 World Cup hosts Qatar were the biggest climbers in the latest standings.

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Spain head beaten finalist the Netherlands and Germany, then Brazil and Argentina fill out an unchanged top five.

The only top-30 move sees Croatia rise one to No 9 in a swap with Egypt. The African champions lost 2-1 to Qatar in a Doha friendly last month.

Qatar rose nine spots to No 105 after also beating Estonia in preparation for the Asian Cup they hosting this month.

Just 35 friendlies played worldwide counted toward the monthly rankings.

The next ranking will be published on 2 February 2011.

Top 50 in the latest FIFA standings:


1 Spain
2 Netherlands
3 Germany
4 Brazil
5 Argentina
6 England
7 Uruguay
8 Portugal
9 Croatia
10 Egypt
11 Greece
12 Norway
13 Russia
14 Italy
15 Chile
16 Ghana
17 Slovenia
18 USA
18 France
20 Slovakia
21 Côte d'Ivoire
22 Switzerland
23 Serbia
24 Paraguay
25 Montenegro
26 Australia
27 Mexico
28 Denmark
29 Japan
30 Czech Republic
31 Turkey
32 Nigeria
33 Sweden
34 Ukraine
35 Republic of Ireland
36 Algeria
37 Belarus
38 Cameroon
39 Korea Republic
40 Gabon
41 Hungary
42 Burkina Faso
43 Northern Ireland
44 Tunisia
45 Bosnia-Herzegovina
46 Austria
46 Guinea
48 Colombia
49 Bulgaria
50 Israel
51 South Africa

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Comments
  • Rooikoppie - 2011-01-12 13:01

    Come on S.A. you can do better than this....

      crazydude - 2011-01-12 13:17

      There is no offical date for friendlies in December, so Bafana didn't have a match. The same thing happens in January, only the Asian Cup is taking play, no friendly dates. Bafana play again in February, on the next FIFA date.

  • mupet-killer - 2011-01-12 13:28

    well atleast sa wont be the only nation not to make the 2nd round of a world cup as hosts. qatar will join us in 2022

      Only Truth - 2011-01-12 14:10

      Well said Mupet.......this is hillarious.

      Shik - 2011-01-12 15:21

      But we'll always be the first :(

      billybana - 2011-01-12 23:04

      true that mate..............

  • SPIJOS - 2011-01-12 16:46

    i see some unfamilier names on this list...Montenegro,Belarus,Bosnia-Herzegovina,Guinea how are these countries better than us?

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