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FIFA Issues First 2006 Rankings


The International Football Federation has issued the first rankings of 2006 with the United States tied with Mexico for seventh in the world.

The U.S. men rose one place from December's rankings, and are tied with the Mexican team with 767 points.

Brazil continues to lead the standings with 839 points with the Czech Republic in second followed by the Netherlands.

Argentina is fourth, followed by Spain and France in a tie for fifth place, with 768 points. Mexico dropped two places to seventh. England is ninth followed by Portugal.

Only 21 matches - 17 from 2005 and four this year - were used to calculate the rankings.

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