World and European champions Spain top the final FIFA world rankings of the year for the sixth time in a row.
Football world governing body’s rankings released Thursday show an unchanged top 10, with Spain leading going into World Cup year ahead of Germany and Argentina.
Colombia, Portugal and Uruguay follow, with Italy, Switzerland, Netherlands and World Cup hosts Brazil completing the leading 10.
The only changes in the top 30 see Bosnia—Herzegovina up two places to 19th, with France dropping a place to 20th while Mexico also slip a place to 21st The highest climbers of 2013 are Ukraine, who moved up 29 places to 18th. Ukraine failed to qualify for the World Cup finals after going out in the play—offs against France — a 3—0 second—leg loss after a 2—0 home win their only defeat of the year.
The results of 30 international matches were taken into account for the latest rankings. The next rankings will be published on January 16.
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