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Wednesday, June 6, 2012
SPAIN RETAINS TOP FIFA SPOT HEADING INTO EURO
Spain begins the European Championship as the top-ranked team in the FIFA standings. (Photo: AP/Ennio Leanza)
June 6, 2012, 8:55 am
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
ZURICH, Switzerland -- Spain will begin its defence of the European Championship as the world's top-ranked team, while Germany lost its No. 2 slot to Uruguay in FIFA's latest standings.
Germany fell to No. 3, ahead of its Euro 2012 group opponent the Netherlands. Group B rival Portugal plummeted from No. 5 to 10th.
Brazil and England each rose one place to No. 5 and 6, respectively. Argentina climbed two to No. 7.
Croatia, which plays Spain in Group D, remained at No. 8.
Denmark rose one to No. 9, completing a Group B lineup of elite top-10 teams.
Ivory Coast leads African nations at No. 16.
Mexico heads CONCACAF countries, up one to No. 19. The United States climbs one place to No. 28.
Japan is now Asia's best, rising seven spots to No. 23. Australia is No. 24.
Canada dropped two spots and now sits at No. 77
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