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Spain tops the FIFA rankings, while the USA fell to No. 31. Still, the team is the highest in the CONCACAF region, one spot above Mexico. Brazil fell to sixth, its lowest position in 15 years….

Outsiders FBK Kaunas of Lithuania dumped Glasgow Rangers out of the Champions League in a 2-1 home qualifier. The loss cost Rangers, which reached the final of the UEFA Cup last season, $20 million. It also means American midfielder DaMarcus Beasley, who plays for Rangers, won’t see European soccer this season… .

French star Franck Ribery, 25, who plays for German club Bayern Munich, earned German player of the year honors.