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Spain finishes FIFA Ranking at the summit for fifth year in succession

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Reigning European and world champion Spain has finished 2012 at the summit of the FIFA Ranking for the fifth time in succession.

Joachim Low's Germany remains the second-placed team in the standings, with South American giant Argentina completing the podium.

Euro 2012 finalist Italy has climbed one place and now sits fourth in the ranking, ahead of Colombia which was named "Mover of the Year" after reaching fifth position from 36th at the start of the year.

England is sixth, while Portugal (seventh, three down), Netherlands (eighth, one down),Russia (ninth) and Croatia (10th) complete the rest of the top 10.

Copa America holder Uruguay has to settle for 16th place after dropping five places, while 2014 World Cup host Brazil is only 18th.

Cote d'Ivoire remains Africa's highest placed team at No.14, while Japan is the pride of Asia in 22nd position.

Cuba is this month's biggest climber as the team went 41 places up to make it to 100th spot, while Belize (down 23) dropped the most positions compared to last month's FIFA Ranking.

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