- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 11, 2012

ZURICH (AP) - World champion Spain remained at the top of FIFA’s monthly rankings, and Uruguay rose to a new high of third.

The Netherlands dropped two places to fourth, losing second to Germany despite not playing since beating England 3-2 in an exhibition in February.

Portugal climbed two places to fifth, overtaking England and Brazil. The Italians dropped out of the top 10, with Denmark replacing them at No. 9.

Ivory Coast is the highest-ranked African team after staying at No. 15, while Mexico still leads CONCACAF nations after rising to No. 20. The United States dropped two places to No. 29.

The biggest mover was North Korea, which changed 25 places to No. 86, while 21st-ranked Australia leads Asian confederation nations.

New Zealand, at No. 130, leads the Oceania confederation.



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