Greece jumps to 14th place in FIFA list

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:07 IST

Greece rode its European Championship title run to an all-time best 14th in the monthly FIFA Rankings, climbing 21 places since June.

Greece jumps to 14th place in FIFA list

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Greece rode its European Championship title run to an all-time best 14th in the monthly FIFA Rankings, climbing 21 places since June. Greece, which reached a previous high of 23rd in April 1995 and was ranked as low as 59th as recently as March 2002, climbed "possibly the greatest ever number of places in the upper reaches of the ranking," FIFA said in releasing the latest list today. Brazil remained atop the rankings for the 25th straight month, while France and Spain remained second and third. The European Championship, which finished with Greece's 1-0 victory over Portugal on Sunday, had a dramatic impact on the rankings, which are a calculation of the relative strength of national teams based on their results over the previous eight years. The Czech Republic - which reached the semifinals before being beaten by Greece, climbed seven spots to fourth - its best showing since January 2001. Germany, which did not win a game at Euro 2004 and was eliminated in the first round, dropped to 12th, its worst ranking since February and near its all-time low of 14th in October of 2001. The Netherlands, which also reached the Euro semifinals, remained fifth while Mexico dropped two places to sixth. They were followed by the United States, which coming off its World Cup qualifying victories over Grenada, climbed two spots to an all-time high of seventh. (AP)



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