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I know the rankings are a joke but always interesting to see where Canada falls between. This month it is Peru and Zambia.

ZURICH -- Spain continued its domination of FIFA's world rankings by establishing a record lead in its 10th straight month at the top.

The European champions beat Turkey home and away over the past month to extend their lead over second-place Germany to 367 points, the most enjoyed by any team since the rankings were launched in 1993. The latest rankings were released Wednesday.

Spain is now unbeaten in 31 matches.

Canada, despite not having played since November, climbed five spots to No. 89. The Canadian men stand eighth overall in CONCACAF, which covers North and Central America and the Caribbean.

The top three FIFA places remained unchanged, with the Netherlands third, while Brazil moved up one spot to overtake World Cup holder Italy -- which was hurt by last week's failure to beat Ireland in qualifying for the 2010 tournament.

Argentina remained in sixth place, despite its 6-1 humbling at Bolivia, but the rest of the top 10 changed following a month containing two rounds of World Cup qualifying matches and a total 109 internationals.

England jumped two spots to seventh after continuing its perfect competitive record under coach Fabio Capello, pushing Croatia and Russia down a spot each. France jumped two spots to round out the top 10 after a pair of 1-0 wins over Lithuania.

Cameroon remained the highest ranked African nation despite slipping three spots to 19th following a surprise 1-0 loss at Togo, which was the biggest riser with a 26-point move up to No. 65.

The United States moved up another two places to 15th, its highest position since July 2007, with Australia the highest ranked team from the Asian confederation at No. 32.

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Considering CONCACAF has 5 teams in it that aren't in FIFA they should devise some sort of concacaf only method of ranking teams. Something that could take into account; World Cup Qualifiers, Gold Cups, and friednlies between fellow concacaf nations only.

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quote:Originally posted by nolando

Seems about right to me. At the low end of the top-ten teams in CONCACAF - sad but true.

Exactly. If we had beat any team ranked above us in the last year, we could complain.

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didn't we draw with Panama?

sad thing is 4 of the top 10 teams are in the same group, then you see 2 teams in the other 2 groups (talking Gold Cup) below El Salvador...would certainly love to know how they make the groups

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quote:Originally posted by mtl-supporter23

you see guys, even FIFA supported our firing of Dale Mitchell....

Yeah, how bad does that have to suck.

Mrs. Mitch

"Oh look, Honey! The new FIFA rankings are out and what's this? Canada has climbed 5 spots!? But how could their ranking improve in the opinion of the international community since they haven't even played?

"Oh yeah. That's right. It's because YOU LOST YOUR JOB!"

Mr. Mitch

"I'm looking! I'm looking! It's a tough market right now. But I don't care what you say I am not</u> going to work mall security for your Dad's company.

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