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    Argentina keeps top spot, Brazil climbs five spots to No.4 in Fifa rankings

    Sep 16, 2016
    Brazil's victories in World Cup qualifying matches propelled Neymar and co. to the no. 4 spot in the Fifa rankings. AP

    ZURICH — Brazil's victories in World Cup qualifying this month lifted it from ninth to No. 4 in the FIFA rankings, which Argentina still lead.

    Brazil beat Ecuador and Colombia, which is tied for fourth place, to make the biggest move in the top 20 after global rounds of World Cup qualifiers.

    Belgium stays at No. 2, edging No. 3 Germany which climbs one place.

    European Championship semifinalist Wales returns to the top 10, ahead of Spain, England and Italy at Nos. 11-13.

    Mexico leads CONCACAF teams at No. 15, Costa Rica is No. 18 and the United States rises four to No. 22.

    Ivory Coast is Africa's highest team at No. 34. Iran leads Asian nations at No. 37.

    Kosovo's 1-1 draw at Finland lifts FIFA's newest member to No. 168.

    Meanwhile, the Philippines jumped up nine spots at no. 125 after a stunning victory in a friendly over Kyrgyzstan earlier this month.

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    Brazil's victories in World Cup qualifying matches propelled Neymar and co. to the no. 4 spot in the Fifa rankings. AP
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