Spain ends year No. 1 in football world rankings
World champion Spain will finish 2010 as the No. 1 team in the
FIFA rankings, leading a European top three for the first time in
The Netherlands, which was beaten by Spain in July’s World Cup
final, is second ahead of Germany.
Brazil slipped to fourth following its loss to Argentina last
month and a disappointing World Cup, losing to the Dutch in the
quarterfinals. Argentina and England stay fifth and six,
Egypt leads the African nations and climbed one place to No. 9,
while the United States tops the CONCACAF region, rising six places
to No. 18.
Australia dropped six places to No. 26 but still leads the Asian
One of the biggest movers over the last year was Montenegro,
which soared to No. 25 from No. 74.
Russia, which won the right to host the 2018 World Cup earlier
this month, stayed at No. 13, while 2022 host Qatar dropped a place
to No. 114.