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German Team Tops Women's Soccer for 2005

European football champion Germany has topped FIFA's year-end women's world rankings for the third year in a row, after gaining 53 points in 2005 for a total of 2,234.

The German women increased their point advantage over the United States, which held steady in second place after gaining 19 points to 2,184.

Norway held on to third place, despite dropping 46 points. Brazil was unchanged in fourth place with 2,053 points, while Sweden lost 23 points but held on to fifth place.

South Korea and France each moved up two slots, to sixth and seventh place, while Denmark fell one place to eighth and China dropped three spots to ninth. Unchanged Italy rounds out the top 10.

The best mover of the year was Vietnam, which moved up seven notches to 36th place.