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US is No. 33 in FIFA rankings; Spain stays No. 1

Thursday - 3/14/2013, 11:01am  ET

Barcelona's midfielder Andres Iniesta, center right, hugs teammate Lionel Messi, from Argentina, after he scored their second goal during the Champions League round of 16 second leg soccer match between FC Barcelona and AC Milan at Camp Nou stadium, in Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, March 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

ZURICH (AP) -- The United States has fallen one spot to No. 33 in FIFA's rankings while world and European champion Spain remains No. 1.

The drop by the Americans on Thursday comes despite not playing in a quiet month for international soccer.

Spain is followed by Germany, Argentina, England and Italy. Colombia is sixth, with Portugal dropping to seventh.

Africa's top-ranked team, Ivory Coast, dropped one place to No. 13.Mexico stays at No. 15 and Japan leads Asia at No. 26, up two spots.

Afghanistan rises to its highest place, No. 141. That's up 48 spots after victories in AFC Challenge Cup matches. No. 98 Qatar returns to the top 100 after the 2022 World Cup host beat Egypt in an exhibition game.


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