4 Sep 2008

Spain still top of World Football rankings

3:31 pm on 4 September 2008

European champions Spain remiain top of the FIFA world football rankings for a third consecutive month, mainly due to last month's 3-0 friendly victory in Denmark.

With European countries not due back in competitive action until the start of 2010 World Cup qualification this weekend, Spain stayed ahead of world champions Italy and Euro 2008 runners-up Germany.

Italy climbed into second place in the rankings, based on national team performances over the past four years, despite being held to a 2-2 draw by Austria in another friendly.

Germany were 2-0 winners over Belgium last month but slipped down to third after losing points overall.

The only other change in the top positions saw Turkey climbing into the top 10 for the first time in four years at the expense of fellow Euro 2008 semi-finalists Russia.

Brazil are the best-ranked non-European team in sixth place, followed immediately by South American rivals Argentina.

New Zealand is 111th, 16 places behind New Caledonia, who they meet over the next week in World Cup qualifying matches.