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Argentina takes FIFA rankings top spot from Germany

AP , Thursday 9 Jul 2015
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Argentina's Lionel Messi walks with his silver medal past the Copa America trophy during the presentation ceremony after Chile defeated his team in the Copa America 2015 final soccer match at the National Stadium in Santiago, Chile, July 4, 2015 (Photo: Reuters)
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Argentina takes top spot in the monthly FIFA rankings from World Cup winner Germany despite losing another tournament final.

Beaten by Chile in the Copa America final - a year after losing the World Cup final- Argentina rises two places to lead the rankings for the first time in seven years. Chile climbs eight to No. 11.

Germany falls to No. 2, followed by Belgium, Colombia and the Netherlands.

Newcomers in the top 10 are No. 8 Romania and No. 10 Wales. Both will be top-seeded in World Cup qualifying groups this month if FIFA confirms the draw pots by rankings alone.

Algeria at No. 19 is the only top-20 team from outside Europe and South America.

Costa Rica leads CONCACAF teams at No. 21. The US drops seven to No. 34.

Asia's highest-ranked team is No. 38 Iran.

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