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Argentina takes FIFA rankings top spot from Germany

Algeria have become the highest ranking Arab football team and 19th overall

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Argentina takes top spot in the monthly FIFA rankings from World Cup winner Germany despite losing another tournament final.

Beaten by Chile in the Copa America final - a year after losing the World Cup final- Argentina rises two places to lead the rankings for the first time in seven years. Chile climbs eight to number 11.

Germany falls to second, followed by Belgium, Colombia and the Netherlands.

Newcomers in the top 10 are No. 8 Romania and No. 10 Wales. Both will be top-seeded in World Cup qualifying groups this month if FIFA confirms the draw pots by rankings alone.

Algeria at No. 19 is the only top-20 team from outside Europe and South America.

Costa Rica leads CONCACAF teams at No. 21. The U.S. drops seven to No. 34.

Asia’s highest-ranked team is No. 38 Iran.