- Associated Press - Thursday, December 19, 2013

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.


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