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Germany Drops Out of FIFA Rankings

Germany's three-time world champion football (soccer) team has dropped out of FIFA's top-20 world rankings, just one year before the country is set to host the World Cup.

Germany fell to 21st place in the monthly rankings issued by football's world governing body, Wednesday. The top three rankings remain unchanged, with World Cup defending champion Brazil at number-one with 829 points, followed by the Czech Republic (790) and Argentina (785).

The Netherlands moved up one to fourth place, switching places with France. England fell one slot to seventh, allowing Mexico to improve one spot to sixth. Portugal, Spain and the United States round out the top 10.

Twenty-five of the top 50 teams are from Europe. The African zone has eight, Asia six, South America six and CONCACAF five.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.