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Spain tops FIFA ranking for sixth year running

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Spain tops FIFA ranking for sixth year running

World and European champion Spain tops the final FIFA ranking of the year as the team finish 2013 ahead of second-placed Germany and third-placed Argentina.

Vicente del Bosque's men have now topped the rankings at the end of each of the last six calendar years following an unbeaten World Cup 2014 qualifying campaign that saw la Roja collect 20 points from a possible 24.

Colombia and Portugal complete the top five followed by Uruguay, Italy, Switzerland, Netherlands and Brazil.

Bosnia-Herzegovina is the only team on the up inside the top 30.

Fresh from reaching a first World Cup finals, the Dragons are now 19th, up two places, meaning France and Mexico drop one place each to 20th and 21st respectively.

Ukraine holds the distinction of being the highest climber this year after surging 29 places to 18th, although that is unlikely to temper the frustration at missing out on a World Cup place following playoff heartache at the hands of France last month.

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