U.S. drops to No. 29 in rankings

Updated: April 11, 2012, 10:56 AM ET
Associated Press

ZURICH -- World champion Spain remained No. 1 in FIFA's monthly rankings while Uruguay rose to a new high of No. 3. The United States fell two places to No. 29.

The Netherlands dropped two spots to No. 4. Germany advanced to No. 2 despite not playing since beating England 3-2 in an exhibition in February.

Copa America champion Uruguay has not played since the March rankings were calculated. It rose because the rankings reflect all international results over a rolling four-year period.

Portugal climbed two places to No. 5, overtaking England and Brazil. The Italians dropped from the top 10, with Denmark replacing them at No. 9.

No. 15 Ivory Coast is the highest-ranked African team. Mexico still leads CONCACAF nations after rising to No. 20. Australia, at No. 21, leads Asian confederation nations. No. 130 New Zealand leads Oceania.


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