Uruguay reaches second in FIFA rankings
Zurich, Switzerland (Sports Network) - Uruguay climbed to its highest ever position in the FIFA/Coca-Cola Men's World Rankings on Wednesday, moving past Germany and into second.
Spain has extended its lead at the top of the rankings while the rest of the top five consists of Germany, the Netherlands and Brazil respectively.
Portugal (10th, down 5) slipped down the table after a 0-0 draw with Macedonia and a 3-1 defeat against Turkey, barely managing to stay in the top 10.
There were a number of teams who made significant climbs in the rankings this past month, with three African nations moving up the table following good results in 2014 World Cup qualifying.
Algeria (32nd, up 6), Tunisia (46th, up 10) and Egypt (48th, up 9) each made big strides, with Japan (23rd), Scotland (41st) and Iran (45th) all moving up seven places.
Slovakia (39th, down 5), Korea Republic (35th, down 4) and Gabon (49th, down 7) were among the teams that sustained the biggest drops, while Belgium (54th, down 10) fell out of the top 50.
The United States (28th, up 1) moved up slightly but still trails CONCACAF rival Mexico (19th, up 1).
The next edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola Men's World Rankings will be released on Wednesday, July 4.