Wednesday, July 14, 2010

FIFA's Latest World Rankings - Spain #1, Dutch #2, Italy and France plunge

SHOOT: South Africa's Bafana Bafana have shot up the rankings to 66, along with Egypt, replacing France at number 9. France has slumped to 21st spot. View the full list here:
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Spain's Andres Iniesta is thrown into the air by his team-mates as they celebrate their World Cup victory on stage in Madrid. Tens of thousands of cheering fans turned Madrid's main streets into a sea of red and waited for hours in blistering heat to see Spain's World Cup heroes pass by with the trophy on an open-topped bus.

Spain returned to the top of the world football rankings issued by the ruling body Fifa in the wake of their first World Cup triumph.

World Cup hosts South Africa also moved up 17 places to be ranked 66th.

But the 2006 winners Italy crashed out of the top-10 and the runners up from four ago, France, even out of the top 20 after both went out in the group stage of the tournament in South Africa.

Spain, who had lost first place to Brazil a few months ago, returned to the top with 1,883 points with the World Cup triumph on Sunday, 1-0 over the Netherlands. The Dutch moved from fourth to second with 1,659 points while quarter-final victims Brazil dropped from first to third with 1,536 points.

Semi-finalists Uruguay shot from 16th to a ranking best sixth place, Egypt moved from 14th to ninth even though they did not play at the World Cup, and Chile climbed from 18th to 10th.

The other top 10 teams are Germany (fourth), Argentina (fifth) and England (seventh) and Portugal (eighth).

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