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FIFA Rankings of April 2009: Spain break record lead in FIFA rankings

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Spain continued their domination of FIFA's world rankings by establishing a 367-point lead over second-placed Germany, the largest gap between the top two teams since the rankings were introduced in 1993.

The European champions is now unbeaten in 31 matches, while Germany and the Netherlands remain in the top three after a busy month of World Cup qualifying.

Brazil moved up one spot to overtake world champions Italy, who slip to fifth after their World Cup qualifying draw with the Republic of Ireland.

Argentina remained sixth, despite being routed 6-1 at Bolivia, but the rest of the top 10 changed following a month containing two rounds of World Cup qualifiers and a total 109 internationals.

England jumped two spots to seventh to keep its perfect record under Italian boss Fabio Capello, pushing Croatia and Russia down a spot each.

France jumped two places to complete the top 10 after a pair of 1-0 wins over Lithuania.


FIFA Rankings of April 2009:

1.
Spain
2.
Germany
3.
Netherlands
4.(5)
Brazil
5.(4)
Italy
6.
Argentina
7.(9)
England
8.(7)
Croatia
9.(8)
Russia
10.(12)
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