Croatia, Russia move into top 10

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ZURICH -- Croatia and Russia both moved into the top 10 in the latest edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola Men's World Rankings, which were released on Wednesday.

Croatia entered the month just outside the top 10, but a win over Israel in Euro 2012 qualifying was enough to push them into 9th place, while Russia (10th, up 15) used wins over Ireland and Macedonia to make a significant climb.

Spain and the Netherlands remained in the top two spots respectively, while Brazil (3rd, up 1) and Germany (4th, down 1) traded places inside the top five.

Argentina, England, Uruguay and Portugal round out the rest of the top 10 respectively, but the biggest move inside the top 50 this month belongs to Guinea (47th, up 34).

Montenegro (26th, up 14), Belarus (42nd, up 13), Bulgaria (43rd, up 11) and Austria (49th, up 12) also benefited from strong play in Euro 2012 qualifying.

The biggest slip inside the top 50 belongs to Ukraine (35th, down 9), with Turkey (29th, down 9) and Serbia (22nd, down 7) also going backward.

The United States (25th, down 7) remains the highest ranked team in CONCACAF, but holds just a slight edge over Mexico, which stayed in the same spot in 28th.

The next edition of the FIFA rankings will be published on Wednesday, November 17.


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