Spain leads FIFA rankings, Japan rises into top 20

BY foxsports • February 2, 2011

World Cup winner Spain leads the latest FIFA rankings, and new Asian champion Japan leaps into the top 20.

African champion Egypt plummeted from the top 10, down to No. 33, because the value of its January 2010 title dropped more than one year on.

Spain heads an unchanged top nine, followed by the Netherlands, Germany, Brazil and Argentina. Greece rises one to No. 10.

World Cup quarterfinalist Ghana now leads African teams, up one to No. 15.

Japan rose 12 to No. 17 and heads the Asian teams after its continental championship win last weekend.

The United States stays at No. 18 to lead CONCACAF teams.

New Zealand at No. 64 is Oceania's best.

Qatar rises 15 to No. 90 after reaching the Asian Cup quarterfinals.