Wednesday, December 21, 2011

New FIFA Rankings Released - Spain Still Number One

FIFA released their new men's soccer rankings today and the top 19 spots remained unchanged from last month. Spain, the reigning World Cup Champions, remains at number one with Netherlands, Germany, Uruguay and England rounding out the Top 5. Bosnia-Herzegovina was the only new team in the top 20 moving up three spots despite dropping a 1-0 friendly against Poland last week.
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New Zealand is the top ranked team from the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) coming in at 119, Japan is tops amongst the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) coming in at number 19 and Ivory Coast (Côte d'Ivoire) leads the Confederation of African Football coming in at number 16.

Mexico is the highest ranked side from the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) coming in at number 21. The United States, idle since their win over Slovenia on November 15th, remain at number 34. The U.S. kicks off play in 2012 on January 21st against Venezuela.

Here's a look at the Top 20:

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