Spain tops year-end rankings for 6th straight year

The Associated PressDecember 19, 2013
Spain tops year-end rankings for 6th straight year
FILE - In this June 18, 2013 file photo, United States national soccer team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann stands on the pitch before a World Cup qualifying soccer match against Honduras at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah. U.S. Soccer wasn't taking any chances of losing Klinsmann to another country or club. The federation broke with tradition and gave its coach a four-year extension before the World Cup in part because it feared other teams would pursue him after the tournament in Brazil next summer, USSF president Sunil Gulati said Friday, Dec. 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

ZURICH (AP) -- Spain is at the top of the year-end FIFA rankings for the sixth straight year.

The reigning world and European champions were No. 1 for the 28th consecutive month in the December rankings released Thursday. Germany was second in an unchanged top 10, followed by Argentina, Colombia, Portugal, Uruguay, Italy, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Brazil.

The United States, the top-ranked team from North and Central America and the Caribbean, remained 14th for the second straight month. The U.S. was 13th in September and October, its highest ranking since July 2010.

No. 18 Ukraine made the biggest rankings rise in 2013, up 29 places. Ukraine failed to qualify for the World Cup, losing a playoff to No. 20 France.