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Spain move top of world rankings

July 02, 2008 14:41 IST

Newly crowned European champions Spain have climbed to the top of latest world rankings published by world soccer's governing body FIFA on Wednesday.

It is the first time since the introduction of the rankings in 1992 that Spain, who were rated fourth last month, have been listed as the world's best team.

The ranking system is based on international results over the past four years with more points awarded for wins in major tournaments.

Germany, losers of Sunday's Euro 2008 final, climbed two places to third position behind Italy, who rose one spot despite going out of the tournament at the quarter-final stage.

A look at the top 50 teams:

Ranking Team Points
1 Spain 1557
2 Italy 1404
3 Germany 1364
4 Brazil 1344
5 Netherlands 1299
6 Argentina 1298
7 Croatia 1282
8 Czech Republic 1146
9 Portugal 1104
10 France 1053
11 Russia 1023
12 Romania 1021
13 Cameroon 1011
14 Turkey 1010
15 England 1003
16 Scotland 988
17 Bulgaria 930
18 Greece 911
19 Mexico 906
20 Ghana 885
21 Israel 876
22 Uruguay 870
23 Colombia 869
24 Egypt 842
25 Paraguay 832
26 Sweden 801
26 Nigeria 801
28 Côte d'Ivoire 790
29 Ukraine 786
30 USA 780
31 Norway 778
32 Poland 773
33 Northern Ireland 750
34 Japan 745
35 Serbia 740
36 Denmark 722
37 Morocco 689
37 Iran 689
39 Guinea 670
40 Australia 668
41 Republic of Ireland 666
42 Senegal 658
43 Chile 654
44 Finland 653
45 Switzerland 645
46 Belgium 637
47 Tunisia 629
48 Honduras 624
49 Saudi Arabia 623
50 Moldova 622

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