FIFA ranks U.S. 13 heading into World Cup

FIFA ranks U.S. 13 heading into World Cup

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View of the FIFA World Cup Trophy, during the launching of the Brazil's Tour, at Itaquera mall in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on May 29, 2014. The trophy will be exposed today from 9am to 21pm. AFP PHOTO / Miguel SCHINCARIOL (Photo credit should read Miguel Schincariol/AFP/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on June 5, 2014 at 6:47 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 15 at 1:23 PM

ZURICH (AP) -- Defending World Cup champion Spain will travel to Brazil as the No. 1 team in the FIFA rankings, and the host nation will kick off as No. 3.

Spain and Germany remain 1-2 in FIFA’s monthly standings, while Brazil leapfrogs No. 4 Portugal.

Argentina and Switzerland both climb two places to Nos. 5 and 6. Colombia drops three to No. 8.

Group D rivals Uruguay, Italy and England are also all in the top 10.

No. 11 Belgium is the lowest-ranked of the seeded World Cup teams.

The United States at No. 13 leads CONCACAF nations.

Algeria, at No. 22, is top-ranked in Africa and No. 43 Iran heads Asian confederation teams.

Australia, No. 62, is the lowest-ranked team at the World Cup.

 

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