Argentina top rankings

Argentina top FIFA rankings
By Eurosport

14/03/2007 at 16:09Updated

Argentina have moved to top spot in the FIFA world rankings for the first time, displacing world champions Italy whose reign at the top lasted just one month.

Argentina climbed from third to first place, due in equal parts to their 1-0 win over France in February and the expiration of older results which are no longer used in the calculation of points.

Italy slipped to second, and Brazil, leaders for four and a half years until January, are down to third. There were no other changes in the top ten.

The biggest movers in the top 50 were Finland who have climbed 15 places to 33rd. Panama have gone up 20 places to 54th and are the biggest movers of the month.

Cameroon are the highest placed team from outside Europe or South America. The Africans are 18th on 893 points, ahead of 19th placed Ghana and Ivory Coast, who are a further place below.

Iran are the highest ranked Asian team in 34th place (with 705 points), with Australia in 40th (657) and Japan in 42nd (639).

The Top 20 positions:

1. Argentina 1616 points

2. Italy 1592

3. Brazil 1557

4. France 1515

5. Germany 1390

6. England 1339

7. Netherlands 1313

8. Portugal 1288

9. Czech Rep 1195

10. Spain 1161

11. Ukraine 1037

12. Croatia 982

13. Greece 961

14. Romania 919

15. Sweden 914

16. Scotland 911

17. Switzerland 906

18. Cameroon 893

19. Ghana 881

20. Ivory Coast 875