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Argentina takes FIFA rankings top spot

2015-07-09 10:32
Lionel Messi (Supplied)
Lionel Messi (Supplied)

Zurich - Argentina takes top spot in the monthly FIFA rankings from World Cup winner Germany despite losing another tournament final.

Beaten by Chile in the Copa America final - a year after losing the World Cup final - Argentina rises two places to lead the rankings for the first time in seven years. Chile climbs eight to No. 11.

Germany falls to No 2, followed by Belgium, Colombia and the Netherlands.

Newcomers in the top 10 are No 8 Romania and No 10 Wales. Both will be top-seeded in World Cup qualifying groups this month if FIFA confirms the draw pots by rankings alone.

Algeria at No. 19 is the only top-20 team from outside Europe and South America.

Costa Rica leads CONCACAF teams at No 21. The US drops seven to No 34.

Asia's highest-ranked team is No 38 Iran.

FIFA world rankings published on Thursday (June position in parentheses):

1. Argentina (3)

2. Germany (1)

3. Belgium (2)

4. Colombia (4)

5. Netherlands (6)

6. Brazil (5)

7. Portugal (7)

8. Romania (12)

9. England (15)

10. Wales (22)

11. Chile (19)

12. Spain (10)

13. Uruguay (8)

14. Croatia (18)

15. Slovakia (17)

(tie). Austria (20)

17. Italy (13)

18. Switzerland (11)

19. Algeria (21)

20. Czech Republic (16)

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