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Germany Fifth in Latest FIFA Ranking


Germany's national football (soccer) team has risen to fifth in the world in the latest International Football Federation rankings, the first poll to include all the world's football associations.

Brazil is still the top team in the world followed by World Cup champions Italy, Argentina, and France. However, Germany rose to fifth ahead of England after the devaluation of previous results.

The Netherlands is seventh, followed by Portugal, Nigeria, and the Czech Republic.

Egypt showed the largest move in the top 25 rising eight places to 19th in the world. Denmark dropped two places to 23rd while Russia moved up two to 24th.

The United States remained in 31st place. January's rankings were the first ever to include all 207 worldwide football associations.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.