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Arab teams plummet in FIFA ranking

Algeria is ranked in the 35th place, the best FIFA ranking among Arab states. (AFP)

Arab national football teams have fallen down the FIFA rankings with Algeria being the best ranked in the 35th place.

Tunisia was ranked 42, the second amongst Arab teams, followed by Libya, 69, then Egypt, 71, Jordan, 75, Morocco, 77, UAE, 87, Iraq, 98, Oman, 101, Qatar, 104 and Saudi Arabia, 108.

Worldwide, Spain topped the list of FIFA ranking, followed by Germany, and Argentina.

Brazil, five-times world champions fell to a record low of 22nd place, placed between Ghana and Mali.

Brazil's low ranking came after a series of lackluster results, including four draws in their last six games, and their lack of competitive internationals, according to Reuters.

Brazil, who qualify automatically for next year's World Cup as hosts, have spent the last two years playing only friendlies, which earn fewer points under the complex calculation system.

Mali were among four teams who reached their highest-ever ranking, alongside Belgium (12th), Bosnia (15th) and Albania (38th).

Oceania champions Tahiti will head for the Confederations Cup in 138th position after dropping three places. They will face Nigeria, Uruguay and European champions Spain, who continued to lead the rankings.

There was no change in the top four with Germany, Argentina and Croatia trailing Vicente del Bosque's side.

Rankings:

1. (1) Spain

2. (2) Germany

3. (3) Argentina

4. (4) Croatia

5. (9) Netherlands

6. (5) Portugal

7. (6) Colombia

8. (8) Italy

9. (7) England 10. (10)

(With Reuters)

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Last Update: Thursday, 6 June 2013 KSA 16:13 - GMT 13:13
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