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    Brazil takes top spot for first time in seven years after overtaking Argentina in Fifa rankings

    Apr 7, 2017
    Neymar and the Brazil team now holds the top spot in the Fifa world rankings for the first time since 2010. AP

    ZURICH — Brazil has taken over at the top of the FIFA rankings for the first time since 2010.

    After losing Lionel Messi to a four-match ban, Argentina lost 2-0 at Bolivia last week and dropped to No. 2.

    World Cup winner Germany is still No. 3, followed by Chile and Colombia. South American teams tallied more ranking points last month by playing two World Cup qualifiers. European teams played one.

    European champion Portugal is No. 8, while Switzerland entered the top 10, up two to ninth, one ahead of above Spain.

    Mexico rose one to No. 16 and leads CONCACAF teams. The United States climbed seven to No. 23. No. 19 Egypt leads African teams, and No. 28 Iran is Asia's best.

    The Philippines holds the highest rank among Southeast Asian countries at no. 127 despite a three-point drop. Thailand is just two spots behind the Azkals.

    World Cup host Russia fell one to No. 61.

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    Neymar and the Brazil team now holds the top spot in the Fifa world rankings for the first time since 2010. AP
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