Posted: Wednesday June 6, 2012 5:11 AM

Spain leads FIFA rankings, Uruguay rises to No. 2

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ZURICH (AP) -Spain will begin its defense of the European Championship as the world's top-ranked team, while Germany lost its No. 2 slot to Uruguay in FIFA's latest standings.

Germany fell to No. 3, ahead of its Euro 2012 group opponent the Netherlands. Group B rival Portugal plummeted from No. 5 to 10th.

Brazil and England each rose one place to No. 5 and 6, respectively. Argentina climbed two to No. 7.

Croatia, which plays Spain in Group D, remained at No. 8.

Denmark rose one to No. 9, completing a Group B lineup of elite top-10 teams.

Ivory Coast leads African nations at No. 16.

Mexico heads CONCACAF countries, up one to No. 19. The United States climbs one place to No. 28.

Japan is now Asia's best, rising seven spots to No. 23. Australia is No. 24.

 
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