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Mexico climb to ninth position in Fifa Rankings as Brazil drop two places

Mexico climb to ninth position in Fifa Rankings as Brazil drop two places

Mexico, 2011 Gold Cup (Getty Images)

Mexico have leapt into the top 10, while South American giants Brazil lose two places and now sit fifth in the rankings

Concacaf Gold Cup winners Mexico have climbed 19 places in the Fifa Rankings following their excellent performances at the tournament in the United States earlier this month, and now sit ninth in the rankings.

Reigning European champions and World Cup winners Spain still top the list, with Netherlands sitting comfortably in second. Germany have climbed to third position to complete the podium following their Euro 2012 qualification campaign victories over Austria and Azerbaijan.

South American powerhouse Brazil have dropped two places and now sit fifth in the Fifa rankings following their lack of competitive matches, while their arch rivals Argentina have lost five places and now sit 10th. Uruguay also lost ground and are in 18th.

Japan remain Asia's number one as they sit 13th, a mere nine places ahead of their rivals Australia.

Montenegro (16th, up eight) and Cote d’Ivoire (14th, up seven) have both scaled new heights, reaching their best position since the introduction of the world ranking.

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