USA return to top 20 as Panama surge
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The top 12 of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking remains unchanged, with Spain still leading the way ahead of Germany, Colombia, Argentina and the Netherlands.

Movement on the global ladder has nevertheless been provided by the CONCACAF Gold Cup – the continental showdown of teams in North and Central America and the Caribbean – which took place in the USA last month. The Americans, who won their fifth title, have risen three places to 19th on the back of their flawless performance, returning to the top 20 after an absence of two-and-a-half years as the best-placed CONCACAF team at the expense of Mexico (20th, unchanged). The Mexicans lost in the semi-finals of the Gold Cup to Panama, who have climbed 11 places to 40th as a result of their exploits.

In addition to the 22 Gold Cup matches, 53 friendlies were played in the past five weeks, including 46 in Africa alone, bringing the number of internationals played so far this year to 515.

The composition of the top 50 by confederation has changed in favour of CONCACAF following the Gold Cup, as follows: UEFA 27, CONMEBOL 9, CAF 7 (down 1), CONCACAF 5 (up 2), AFC 2 (down 1), OFC 0.

For your information, the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking is celebrating an important anniversary this month: the first edition was published 20 years ago, in August 1993.

The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on 12 September 2013.

Summary

Leader

Spain (unchanged)

Moves into top ten

none

Moves out of top ten

none

Matches played in total

75

Most matches played

USA (7 matches)

Biggest move by points

USA (up 95 points)

Biggest move by ranks

Mauritania (up 21 ranks)

Biggest drop by points

Equatorial Guinea (down 184 points)

Biggest drop by ranks

Equatorial Guinea (down 32 ranks)

Newly ranked teams

none

Teams that are no longer ranked

none

Inactive teams (not ranked)

none