Thursday, September 22, 2011

New FIFA Rankings Released - Spain Back to #1

After spending just one month out of the previous fourteen NOT ranked #1, Spain finds themselves back at the top. The reigning World Cup Champions retook the number one ranking from the Netherlands after defeating Chile in a friendly 3-2, and then blowing out Liechtenstein in Euro 2012 Qualifying 6-0 in their two matches this past month. The Dutch, who are back to being #2 weren't exactly slouches either winning their two qualifying matches 11-0 at home against San Marino and 2-0 on the road against Finland. Germany, Uruguay, Portugal, Italy, Brazil, England, Croatia and Argentina round out the Top 10.

Mexico still leads the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) holding steady once again at number 20, while the United States, yet to win under new coach Jurgen Klinsmann dropped 3 spots to number 31. Jamaica, at number 45, is the only other CONCACAF team in the Top 50 after Honduras dropped 3 spots to number 53. The Ivory Coast drops one spot to number 16, but is still the highest ranked African team by a large margin, Japan holds steady at number 15 to lead Asia's Football Confederation, and New Zealand leads the Oceanic Football Confederation coming in at number 89.

For the complete rankings, check the FIFA website.

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