United States football team returns to FIFA top 20 after 2-year absence

Confederations Cup winner Brazil remains at No. 9. As host nation for next year's World Cup, Brazil does not play qualifying matches that earn ranking points.

updated: August 08, 2013 16:19 IST
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Zurich: The United States has broken into the top 20 of the FIFA rankings for the first time in more than two years after winning last month's Gold Cup.

The U.S. rose three places in the rankings released Thursday to No. 19, the same spot it reached in March 2011. The Americans replace No. 20 Mexico as CONCACAF's highest placed team for the first time since 2011.

With European teams inactive last month, Spain leads an unchanged top 10. Germany is second and Colombia is No. 3.

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