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Spain continue world dominance in rankings

World champion Spain stayed atop the FIFA rankings on Wednesday, and the United States dropped five places in the top 20 despite not playing a match.

sports Updated: Aug 12, 2010 01:10 IST

World champion Spain stayed atop the FIFA rankings on Wednesday, and the United States dropped five places in the top 20 despite not playing a match.

Spain leads from World Cup runner-up the Netherlands, with Brazil third and Germany fourth. The top 10 were unchanged after only two internationals involving lesser-ranked teams were played worldwide in the past month.

However, the U.S. fell to No. 18 because its four wins at the CONCACAF Gold Cup in July 2009 dropped in value.

FIFA has amended the complex formula _ which ranks teams on results over four years _ to give more value to matches played in three confederations.

Blatter defends position on dates
Singapore: Clubs angry at the timing of international friendly matches should aim their frustrations at the national associations who arrange them and not FIFA, the organisation's president Sepp Blatter said on Wednesday.

More than 50 international friendly matches will take place across the world on Wednesday, an official FIFA match day, just when many European league seasons are starting and their Asia counterparts resume after the World Cup.

Osieck appointed new Australia coach
Sydney: German Holger Osieck has been appointed the new coach of the Australian national team, the Football Federation Australia (FFA) said on Wednesday. Osieck replaces Pim Verbeek as coach of the Soceroos.