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Egypt Reaches Highest FIFA Ranking in 8 Years

Egypt has reached its highest position in the world football rankings in eight years after winning the African Cup of Nations tournament.

Egypt rose 15 places to 17th in February's rankings released Wednesday by FIFA, the sport's world governing body. Nigeria moved up 12 positions to 12th. African Cup semifinalist Cameroon rose seven spots to number 16.

There is no change in the top five places from last month. Brazil remains at number on followed by the Czech Republic, Netherlands, Argentina and France. Spain, Mexico and the United States are all tied for sixth. Brazil has 837 points, 44 points ahead of the Czechs (793). But the rest of the top 10 is tightly bunched with only 37 points separating the Czech Republic from 10th-placed Portugal.

The next rankings will be released on March 15.

Some information for this report was provided by AP.