Spain lead world ranking for 11th straight month

Updated: 06 May 2009 14:15 IST

European champion Spain remained atop the FIFA world rankings for the 11th straight month in the latest standings published on Wednesday.

Zurich:

European champion Spain remained atop the FIFA world rankings for the 11th straight month in the latest standings published on Wednesday.

The top 25 nations remain unchanged after just 22 international matches were played in the past month, with 20 matches in the Asian confederation's Challenge Cup and two friendlies in Africa.

Euro 2008 finalist Germany stayed second, with the Netherlands in third, Brazil in fourth and world champion Italy fifth.

Argentina is sixth with European teams filling the rest of the top 10 _ England, Croatia, Russia and France.

The United States is at No. 15, 10 places ahead of CONCACAF rival Mexico. Cameroon is 19th, the only African nation in the top 25.

Australia, at 32, leads the Asian confederation teams, while New Zealand, which rose one place to No. 78, is the best from Oceania.

Grenada climbed five places to a best-ever No. 103, while three nations made double-digit jumps. Sierra Leone was up 12 place to No. 98, No. 167 Pakistan rose 10 spots, and No. 168 Chinese Taipei climbed 12 places.

Topics : Football Bayern Munchen
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