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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Netherlands top World Rankings

Netherlands... world number one
The Netherlands have ended Spain’s reign at the top of the world of football, well at least according to the latest Fifa world rankings. The Dutch, losers to Spain in last year’s World Cup final, climbed to the top for the first time even though they didn’t play a match in the last month.

Spain had led the rankings for one year.

The Oranje profited from Spain’s 2-1 defeat to Italy, a friendly loss which has cost the world and European champions points, and have to become only the seventh team after Argentina, Brazil, France, Germany, Italy and Spain to sit at the top of the global ranks.

The Netherlands had their friendly international against England at Wembley on August 10 cancelled because of the London riots.

Meanwhile Brazil’s 3-2 friendly defeat to Germany has cost the Selecao two places as they dropped from fourth to sixth, meaning Copa America champions Uruguay, who remained fifth, have become South America’s highest-ranked team.

Copa America champions Uruguay
5th in the world

In Africa, Ivory Coast remains the top side and tied 15th worldwide, followed by Egypt, Ghana and Nigeria. South Africa moved up to seventh in Africa and 47th in the world while Lesotho slipped to 47th in Africa and number 185 globally.

Latest Fifa rankings
1. Netherlands
2. Spain
3. Germany
4. England
5. Uruguay
6. Brazil
7. Italy
8. Portugal
9. Argentina
10. Croatia
11. Chile
12. Norway
13. Russia
14. Greece
15. Ivory Coast
15. France
15. Japan
18. Sweden
19. Montenegro
20. Mexico

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