Spain tops year-end rankings for 6th straight year

Spain is at the top of the year-end FIFA rankings for the sixth

straight year.

The reigning world and European champions were No. 1 for the

28th consecutive month in the December rankings released Thursday.

Germany was second in an unchanged top 10, followed by Argentina,

Colombia, Portugal, Uruguay, Italy, Switzerland, the Netherlands

and Brazil.

The United States, the top-ranked team from North and Central

America and the Caribbean, remained 14th for the second straight

month. The U.S. was 13th in September and October, its highest

ranking since July 2010.

No. 18 Ukraine made the biggest rankings rise in 2013, up 29

places. Ukraine failed to qualify for the World Cup, losing a

playoff to No. 20 France.