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The United States stayed put at No. 18 in the monthy FIFA world rankings, maintaining its position as the highest-ranked team in CONCACAF. Mexico (27), Honduras (39) and Costa Rica (48) are the other CONCACAF teams among the Top 50.
There was no movement among the top nine teams, as World Cup champion Spain is still atop the rankings, followed by the Netherlands, Germany, Brazil, Argentina, England, Uruguay, Portugal and Croatia, respectively. Egypt plummeted from 10 to 33, since it has been more than a year since its victory in the African Cup of Nations, which is no longer weighted as heavily. Greece slotted up one spot to round out the Top 10.
Japan, fresh off its victory at the Asian Cup, moved up 12 spots to No. 17, and 2022 World Cup host Qatar vaulted from 105 to 90.
Here are a few more stories to kick off your Wednesday:
MUNICH, DUTCH FIND ROBBEN SOLUTION
After their long-running dispute about star winger Arjen Robben, Bayern Munich and the Netherlands have agreed to play a friendly next year to put the past behind them.
Robben, who was injured prior to the World Cup but played in the knockout stages regardless, had to miss about the first half of Bayern Munich's club season after further injuring himself in South Africa. The club had sought financial compensation from the Dutch FA, but instead, the club and country will square off at Allianz Arena in Munich in May of 2012.
SPURS' MODRIC OUT
Tottenham, already a bit shorthanded because of injuries, will be without midfielder Luka Modric for the next couple of weeks after the in-form Croatian had to have an appendectomy.
If his recovery timetable stays true, Modric could miss the first leg of Tottenham's UEFA Champions League knockout tie with AC Milan in addition to league matches against Blackburn, Bolton and Sunderland.
TORRES TO DEBUT VS REDS
Fernando Torres is set to make his Chelsea debut this weekend when the Blues face his former team, Liverpool.
After making a record transfer from Anfield to Stamford Bridge, Torres will seemingly get the opportunity to punish the Reds sooner rather than later. Should he pass a fitness test on Wednesday, he'll be included in Carlo Ancelotti's squad for the game.
What do you think about the latest FIFA rankings? Amused by Bayern Munich and the Netherlands' compromise? Do you see Tottenham fading with Modric out? How many goals do you see Torres scoring against Liverpool this weekend?
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