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South Americans steal into top 10

Argentina's Gonzalo Higuain (R) celebrates with teammates Ezequiel Lavezzi (22) and Lionel Messi
Argentina players celebrate Gonzalo Higuain's goal against Peru last month.
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ZURICH (AP)

Spain stayed atop the FIFA world rankings as South American teams surged into the top 10 after playing 2014 World Cup qualifiers last month.

The United States rose one place to No. 32.

Spain, the World Cup winner, leads a European 1-2-3 ahead of Germany and Portugal, which climbed one place.

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

England fell two spots to No. 5 and the Netherlands rose two to No. 6.

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

World Cup host Brazil fell two to No. 14.

Ivory Coast leads Africa at No. 16, Mexico is up two to No. 19 and No. 23 Japan leads Asian teams.

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