USA moves up to 12th in FIFA rankings, Brazil takes top spot from Spain

USA moves up to 12th in FIFA rankings, Brazil takes top spot from Spain

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USA moves up to 12th in FIFA rankings, Brazil takes top spot from Spain

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The U.S. men's national team's run to the Confederations Cup final has helped boost it into uncharted territory in the world rankings.

The United States moved up to 12th in the latest FIFA rankings, the highest spot for the Americans since FIFA revamped its ranking formula after the 2006 World Cup. The Americans moved up two spots from 14. If you think the jump was small considering the victory against Spain you must also remember that the United States lost three matches and won two at the Confederations Cup, thus limiting the number of points the USA accumulated for the month of June.

Brazil replaced Spain atop the rankings after winning the Confederations Cup and, as expected, Mexico plummeted seven spots to 33rd, Mexico's lowest-ever ranking since FIFA began publishing world rankings in 2002. Mexico fell behind Costa Rica, the current group leaders in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying,  which moved up 11 spots to 30th place.

Here are some of the other big movers and shakers in the latest FIFA rankings:

Ivory Coast had the biggest jump, moving up 20 spots to 18th. Australia climbed 13 spots to 16th.

Turkey was the biggest loser, falling 16 spots to 28th. Portugal fell six places to 17th and Sweden slid 11 spots to 42nd.

You can see the full world rankings at the FIFA website.

What do you think of the United States moving up to 12th? Think Brazil deserves the top spot now? Enjoy seeing Costa Rica move past Mexico? Do you actually believe the Americans deserve such a high ranking now? Think they should be even higher?

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