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Dec 19, 2012 at 04:10pm IST

Spain top FIFA rankings; Brazil sink to 18th

Zurich: World Cup and European champion Spain have completed a full year atop the FIFA rankings, and Brazil have plummeted to No. 18. The 2014 World Cup host has dropped while playing only non-competitive matches, and failed to win last month.

Brazil lost against Argentina, who remain at No. 3, and drew with Colombia, who rise to No. 5. The rankings weigh a four-year results cycle, and Brazil dropped points from a 6-2 victory over Portugal in 2008.

Spain lead No. 2 Germany, with European Championship finalist Italy at No. 4. England is No. 6, and Europe fills all places through Switzerland at No. 12. Ivory Coast is Africa's best at No. 14. Mexico is No. 15, and Japan leads Asia at No. 22.

Spain top FIFA rankings; Brazil sink to 18th

Spain lead No. 2 Germany, with European Championship finalist Italy at No. 4. England is No. 6.

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