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Argentina Raises to 3rd in FIFA Rankings - 2004-10-06

The International Football Federation has released its latest rankings with Argentina rising to third in the world, dislodging Spain from the top three behind Brazil and France.

While Argentina rose one place, Spain dropped one spot to fourth in the world. The Netherlands moved up one to fifth while the Czech Republic dropped one place to sixth.

England remained in seventh place. Two victories in World Cup qualifiers brought Portugal back into the top 10. The Portuguese are up three places to eighth and are tied with Italy.

Mexico dropped two places to 10th in the world followed by the United States, which fell one place to 11th.

Further down in the rankings, Nigeria rose two places to 18th while Cameroon fell five places to 21st. Japan dropped one place to 19th while Iran rose one spot to 20th in the world.