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Argentina on top of FIFA world rankings for fifth straight month

With few matches played by the top teams over the past month, Greece's rise of one place to 10th was the only change in the top 10.

sports Updated: Feb 13, 2008 19:02 IST

Argentina stayed atop the world rankings for the fifth straight month in the list released by FIFA Wednesday.

With few matches played by the top teams over the past month, Greece's rise of one place to 10th was the only change in the top 10. Brazil, Italy, Spain and Germany rounded out the top five places, followed by the Czech Republic, France, Portugal, Netherlands and Greece.

There was plenty of movement lower down after the African Cup of Nations, with tournament host Ghana becoming the continent's highest ranked team by rising 29 places _ the most of the 207 teams in the rankings _ to 14th after reaching the semifinals. Egypt improved to 29th from 35th after successfully defending its title, with runner-up Cameroon up eight spots to 17th and semifinalist Ivory Coast up 14 to 24th.

Other than Argentina, Brazil and Ghana, the top 20 was filled out by European teams, with England rising one spot to 11th after beating Switzerland 2-1 in Fabio Capello's first match as manager. Mexico stayed the highest ranked CONCACAF team at No. 16, 10 spots ahead of the United States, which dropped six places after losing some of its older ranking points.

The next world rankings will be released on March 12.

FIFA Soccer Rankings

1. Argentina (1), 1,518 points.

2. Brazil (2), 1,502.

3. Italy (3), 1,484.

4. Spain (4), 1,352.

5. Germany (5), 1,281.

6. Czech Republic (6), 1,244.

7. France (7), 1,223.

8. Portugal (8), 1,191.

9. Netherlands (9), 1,179.

10. Greece (11), 1,142.

11. England (12), 1,133.

12. Croatia (10), 1,096.

13. Romania (13), 1,060.

14. Ghana (43), 990.

14. Scotland (14), 990.

16. Mexico (15), 967.

17. Cameroon (25), 967.

18. Turkey (16), 927.

19. Bulgaria (18), 919.

20. Poland (23), 903.

21. Colombia (17), 899.

22. Russia (24), 890.

23. Israel (26), 878.

24. Ivory Coast (38), 877.

24. Sweden (22), 877.

26. United States (20), 852.