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Spain leads FIFA rankings; Qatar moves upward

World champion Spain still leads the FIFA rankings, and 2022 World Cup host Qatar was the biggest climber in the standings

AP, Wednesday 12 Jan 2011
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Spain heads beaten finalist the Netherlands and Germany, with Brazil and Argentina filling out the unchanged top five.

The only top-30 move sees Croatia rise one to No. 9 in a swap with Egypt. The African champion lost 2-1 to Qatar in a Doha friendly last month.

Qatar rose nine spots to No. 105 after also beating Estonia in preparation for the Asian Cup it is hosting this month.

Just 35 friendlies played worldwide counted toward the monthly rankings.

The United States is No. 18, leading CONCACAF teams.

Australia is Asia’s best at No. 26.

New Zealand at No. 63 leads the Oceania confederation.

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