Spain top Fifa ranking for sixth year running

Vicente del Bosque's men continue to lead the way in the world football leaderboard, ahead of Germany and Argentina, as the top 10 remained unchanged in the final update of 2013
World and European champions Spain top the final Fifa ranking of the year as they finish 2013 ahead of second-placed Germany and third-placed Argentina.

Vicente del Bosque's men have now headed the rankings at the end of each of the last six calendar years following an unbeaten World Cup 2014 qualifying campaign that saw La Roja collect 20 points from a possible 24.

Colombia and Portugal complete the top five, followed by Uruguay, Italy, Switzerland, Netherlands and Brazil.

Bosnia-Herzegovina are the only team on the up inside the top 30. Fresh from reaching a first World Cup finals, the Dragons are now 19th, up two places, meaning that France and Mexico drop one place each to 20th and 21st, respectively.

Ukraine hold the distinction of being the highest climbers this year after surging 29 places to 18th, although that is unlikely to temper the frustration at missing out on a World Cup place following play-off heartache at the hands of France in November.