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Germany top Fifa rankings

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Germany players celebrate with the W. Cup

Germany players celebrate with the W. Cup after beating Argentina in finals 

By Agencies

Posted  Friday, July 18   2014 at  01:00

In Summary

Lionel Messi’s Argentina are placed second, an improvement of three places, with the Netherlands leaping 12 rungs into third after their impressive World Cup third place finish.

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Paris- Germany’s charge to claim Sunday’s World Cup title has seen them return to the top of Fifa’s world rankings for the first time in around 20 years.

The latest list, published on Thursday, has Germany moving up one place on the strength of their 1-0 defeat of Argentina ar Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana.

Lionel Messi’s Argentina are placed second, an improvement of three places, with the Netherlands leaping 12 rungs into third after their impressive World Cup third place finish.

The James Rodriguez-inspired Colombia move up to fourth (+4), ahead of Belgium (+6) and Uruguay while disappointing Brazil dropped four spots to seventh. Deposed world champions Spain slumped seven spots to eighth.

Latest FIFA rankings
1. Germany (+1)
2. Argentina (+3)
3. Netherlands (+12)
4. Colombia (+4)
5. Belgium (+6)