Significant movement in top ten
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European champions Spain continue to lead the way in the June edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking, and they still hold a comfortable lead at the top.

Within the top ten, there is movement directly behind the Iberians, however, as the Netherlands have overtaken Germany and reclaimed second place in the Ranking for the first time since October 2005. Other teams to have traded places are Italy (4th, up 1) and Brazil (5th, down 1), as well as England (6th, up 1) and Argentina (7th, down 1).

A quick glance at the table reveals that several teams have added to their points tally in recent weeks without playing a single match. This is due to a devaluation of results from over a year ago. Burkina Faso (50th, up 7), Gambia (65th, up 4), Grenada (102nd, up 1) and Montenegro (110th, up 7) are all in their highest-ever position since the introduction of the Ranking in 1993, despite not playing at all in the past month.

Of the teams that have played over the course of the last month, the biggest movers are Japan (31st, up 4) and Canada (83rd, up 6).

The 21 'A' international matches taken into account in this edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking were all friendly matches. This will change in the next edition, however, with the FIFA Confederations Cup South Africa 2009 unfolding and qualification for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ resuming. This will no doubt lead to movement in the ranking.

The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on 1 July 2009.