Spain extends lead in FIFA rankings
Zurich, Switzerland (Sports Network) - Spain extended its lead atop the FIFA/Coca-Cola Men's World Rankings on Wednesday after defending its title at Euro 2012.
The European Championships had a big impact on teams inside the top 10 as Portugal (5th, up 5), Germany (2nd, up 1) and England (4th, up 2) each improved their position, while Euro 2012 finalists, Italy (6th, up 6) moved into the top 10.
The Netherlands (8th, down 4) was one of the favorites entering the competition but stumbled badly and saw its place in the rankings suffer because of it.
Brazil (11th, down 6) fell out of the top 10 and to its lowest position ever since the start of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Rankings.
The Czech Republic (18th, up 9), Ecuador (27th, up 9) and Korea Republic (28th, up 7) each made big strides over the past month, while Chile (15th, down 4) Republic of Ireland (26th, down 8), Ghana (33rd, down 8) and the United States (36th, down 8) each went the other way.
The next edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola Men's World Rankings will be released on Wednesday, Aug. 8.