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Posted on: Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Soccer: Germany, England, Greece move up FIFA rankings


Associated Press

ZURICH Germany and England have moved up one place in the latest FIFA rankings while former European champion Greece is back in the top 10 for the first time since June 2008.

Current European champion Spain still leads the rankings ahead of Brazil, the Netherlands and Italy. But Germany has moved up one spot to fifth, England has risen one place to eighth and Euro 2004 champion Greece goes up two to 10th, replacing Egypt, which raced up the rankings after winning the African Cup of Nations in January, but has slipped to 17th.

The United States, which visits the Netherlands in a friendly on Wednesday, has gone down four spots to 18th.

Portugal slipped to sixth and Argentina to ninth.