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Spain reach summit of FIFA World Ranking

Spanish team celebrated their World Cup win

The Spanish team celebrated their World Cup win along with tens of thousands of fans on a stage in Madrid on July 12.

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World Cup winners Spain replaced Brazil at the top of the most recent FIFA World Rankings (released on Wednesday, July 14).

Vicente Del Bosque's team climbed one place to the top of the ranking after beating the Netherlands 1-0 in extra time in the 2010 World Cup Final in Johannesburg.

The beaten finalists moved up one place to second, with quarterfinalists Brazil falling to third.

Uruguay were the biggest climbers in the top 10, rising 10 places to sixth -- their highest ranking ever -- after their unexpected run to the semifinals.

Fellow South Americans Paraguay climbed 15 places to 16th, while Japan's success in reaching the Round of 16 took them up 13 places to 32nd.

New Zealand enjoyed the most significant rise, going up 24 places to 54th, after finishing their World Cup campaign unbeaten in spite of the fact they were knocked out at the group stage.

England rose one place to seventh despite crashing out to Germany in the second round, but there was no such good fortune for fellow underachievers Italy and France.

Defending champions Italy dropped six places to 11th after they were eliminated in the group phase, while France plunged 12 places to 21st following their disastrous campaign.

FIFA World Rankings for the 32 nations
that took part in the 2010 World Cup
1. Spain (+1)
2. Netherlands (+2)
3. Brazil (-3)
4. Germany (+2)
5. Argentina (+2)
6. Uruguay (+10)
7. England (+1)
8. Portugal (-5)
10. Chile (+8)
11. Italy (-6)
12. Greece (+1)
13. United States (+1)
13. Serbia (+2)
16. Paraguay (+15)
18. Switzerland (+6)
19. Slovenia (+6)
20. Australia (even)
21. France (-12)
23. Ghana (+9)
24. Mexico (-7)
26. Ivory Coast (+1)
27. Slovakia (+7)
29. Denmark (+7)
30. Nigeria (-9)
32. Japan (+13)
33. Algeria (-3)
40. Cameroon (-21)
44. Korea Republic (+3)
46. Honduras (-8)
54. New Zealand (+24)
66. South Africa (+17)
103. Korea DPR (+2)

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