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Spain tops FIFA rankings as Canada moves up 12 spots

Associated Press

10/3/2012 8:59:14 AM

ZURICH, Switzerland -- Spain still heads the FIFA world rankings as South American teams surged in the top 10 after playing 2014 World Cup qualifiers last month, while Canada moved up 12 places.

The World Cup winner leads a European 1-2-3 from Germany and Portugal, which climbs one place.

Canada moved up 12 spots to No. 61, two spots ahead of one-time African powerhouse Nigeria.

Argentina rises three places to No. 4 and Colombia is No. 9, leaping 13 spots following wins against Uruguay and Chile.

England falls two to No. 5 and the Netherlands rises two to No. 6.

Italy and Uruguay are next, both falling two places. Greece climbs one to complete the top 10.

World Cup host Brazil falls two to No. 14.

Ivory Coast leads Africa at No. 16, and Mexico is up two to No. 19. The United States rises one to No. 32.

No. 23 Japan leads Asian teams.