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Spain top, SA continue drop

19 December 2012, 12:03

Zurich - Soccer World Cup and European champions Spain have completed a full year atop the FIFA rankings, and Brazil has plummeted to No 18.

The 2014 World Cup host has dropped while playing only non-competitive matches, and failed to win last month.

Bafana Bafana have dropped three places to 87th.

Brazil lost against Argentina, which remains at No 3, and drew with Colombia, which rises to No 5.

The rankings weigh a four-year results cycle, and Brazil dropped points from a 6-2 victory over Portugal in 2008.

Spain leads No 2 Germany, with European Championship finalist Italy at No 4. England is No 6, and Europe fills all places through Switzerland at No 12.

Ivory Coast is Africa's best at No 14. Mexico is No 15, and Japan leads Asia at No 22.

FIFA rankings for December (November positions in parentheses):

1. Spain (1)

2. Germany (2)

3. Argentina (3)

4. Italy (5)

5. Colombia (8)

6. England (6)

7. Portugal (4)

8. Netherlands (7)

9. Russia (9)

10. Croatia (10)

11. Greece (12)

12. Switzerland (16)

13. Ecuador (17)

14. Ivory Coast (15)

15. Mexico (14)

16. Uruguay (11)

17. France (18)

18. Brazil (13)

19. Algeria (19)

20. Sweden (23)

- AP


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