Spain finishes year on top

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ZURICH -- World Cup champions Spain ended 2010 on top of the FIFA/Coca-Cola Men's World Rankings, which were released on Wednesday.

Spain ends the year with a comfortable cushion over World Cup finalists the Netherlands, while Germany, which finished third in South Africa, moves ahead of Brazil and into third.

Brazil ends the year in fourth with a small edge over Argentina, while England, Uruguay, Portugal, Egypt and Croatia make up the rest of the top 10 respectively.

The United States (18th, up 6) increased its lead over Mexico (27th, up 1) for the highest-rated team in CONCACAF, while the biggest move up in the top 50 belongs to Bosnia-Herzegovina, which climbed seven spots to 44th.

Canada moved up one spot to 84th overall, tied with Moldova.

Australia (26th, down 6) suffered the biggest drop in the past month, with the Republic of Ireland (36th, down 4) and Bulgaria (49th, down 4) also dropping a bit.

The next edition of the FIFA rankings will be published on Jan. 12, 2011.


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