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Posted at 8:28 AM ET, 03/ 9/2011

FIFA rankings: Spain, Netherlands, Germany

By Steve Goff

FIFA's world rankings show world champion Spain remaining at the top of the list, followed by Netherlands, Germany, Argentina, Brazil, England, Uruguay, Croatia, Portugal and Greece. While it's fun to scan the full results, they should, as usual, be taken with a pinch of salt. (Croatia and Greece in the top 10?) The United States is No. 19, down one slot this month, although favorable results in upcoming friendlies against Argentina and No. 24 Paraguay, a World Cup quarterfinalist, would boost the Americans' standing.

The top-100 breakdown by confederations:
UEFA 44
Africa 22
CONCACAF 12
Asia 11
South America 10 (all)
Oceania 1

By Steve Goff  | March 9, 2011; 8:28 AM ET
Categories:  Argentina, CONCACAF, FIFA, Netherlands, Spain, U.S. men's national team  | Tags:  FIFA rankings  
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Comments

Soory, what does "South America 10 (all)" mean?

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | March 9, 2011 8:53 AM | Report abuse

All of the South American teams are in the FIFA top 100.

Posted by: FrancoNiell | March 9, 2011 9:04 AM | Report abuse

The top 5 seems right to me.

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | March 9, 2011 9:19 AM | Report abuse

England is not the 6th best team in the world. They are quite average.

Posted by: FrancoNiell | March 9, 2011 9:41 AM | Report abuse

It should say CONMEBOL. Let's not forget that there are three countries in South America that belong to CONCACAF--Guyana, French Guiana, and Surinam (apologies if I misspelled one of those).

Posted by: Fuegofan | March 9, 2011 9:54 AM | Report abuse

It should say CONMEBOL. Let's not forget that there are three countries in South America that belong to CONCACAF--Guyana, French Guiana, and Surinam (apologies if I misspelled one of those).

Posted by: Fuegofan | March 9, 2011 9:59 AM | Report abuse

It should say CONMEBOL. Let's not forget that there are three countries in South America that belong to CONCACAF--Guyana, French Guiana, and Surinam (apologies if I misspelled one of those).

Posted by: Fuegofan | March 9, 2011 10:05 AM | Report abuse

It should say CONMEBOL. Let's not forget that there are three countries in South America that belong to CONCACAF--Guyana, French Guiana, and Surinam (apologies if I misspelled one of those).

Posted by: Fuegofan | March 9, 2011 10:05 AM | Report abuse

The game is rigged by the world's imperial oppressors -- UEFA.

Posted by: OWNTF | March 9, 2011 10:16 AM | Report abuse

The top 5 seems right to me.
Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | March 9, 2011 9:19 AM
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The bottom 5 are pretty good too. It's the 200 or so in the middle that are all screwed up.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | March 9, 2011 10:19 AM | Report abuse

The top 5 seems right to me.
Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | March 9, 2011 9:19 AM
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The bottom 5 are pretty good too. It's the 200 or so in the middle that are all screwed up.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | March 9, 2011 10:19 AM
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Are you kidding?!? Timor-Leste is totally overrated! They should be in the bottom 5 in place of Andorra.

Posted by: DCU4LIFE | March 9, 2011 10:37 AM | Report abuse

If we're ranked last do we get a better draft pick or is it weighted lottery?

Posted by: delantero | March 9, 2011 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Did we lose a country? The bottom 5 went up 1.

Posted by: Reignking | March 9, 2011 10:45 AM | Report abuse

"If we're ranked last do we get a better draft pick or is it weighted lottery?"

Neither -- the bottom 12 just get relegated to the Luna/ISS/Asteroid Mines Confederation/Mars Colony league. All artificial turf under domes but never a cloud in the sky.

Posted by: fallschurch1 | March 9, 2011 10:53 AM | Report abuse

I knew Rio Tinto was international, but not interplanetary.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | March 9, 2011 11:10 AM | Report abuse


"If we're ranked last do we get a better draft pick or is it weighted lottery?"

Neither -- the bottom 12 just get relegated to the Luna/ISS/Asteroid Mines Confederation/Mars Colony league. All artificial turf under domes but never a cloud in the sky.

Posted by: fallschurch1 | March 9, 2011 10:53 AM
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The game is rigged by the world's imperial oppressors -- UEFA.

Posted by: OWNTF | March 9, 2011 10:16 AM
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Attention all Planets of the Solar Federation
We have assumed control.
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Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | March 9, 2011 11:25 AM | Report abuse

What a Rush this post is.

Posted by: carnack | March 9, 2011 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Somewhat related... Space Shuttle Discovery just made a picture-perfect landing -- concluding its final mission. An exceptional moment.

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | March 9, 2011 12:02 PM | Report abuse

What a Rush this post is.
Posted by: carnack
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It's making me Geddy.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | March 9, 2011 2:09 PM | Report abuse

It's making me Geddy.

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