(WFI) Spain finishes atop the FIFA/Coca-Cola Rankings for a fifth year running.
Spain hoists the Euro 2012 trophy during a July 2 victory parade. (Getty)
The reigning world and European champions sit well ahead of second-place Germany in Wednesday’s update to the standings – the last of 2012 – earning La Roja the “Team of the Year” title from world football’s governing body.
Argentina rounds out the top three, which remain unchanged from Nov. 7.
Euro 2012 finalist Italy is up one spot to fourth and Colombia three spots to fifth after finishing 2011 in 36th, an improvement securing Los Cafeteros the “Mover of the Year” crown from FIFA.
England, Portugal, Netherlands, Russia and Croatia complete the top 10.
In terms of continental breakdown, the top 50 remained mostly the same from 2011.
“Whereas the number of teams from UEFA (27 teams in the top 50), CONMEBOL (9), CONCACAF (3) and the OFC (0) remained the same,” explains FIFA, “CAF (8, plus 1) finished the year with one team more in the top 50, at the expense of the AFC (3, minus 1).”
The rankings, available here
, are based on the results of 900 matches throughout the year, more than half of which were friendlies and almost a third of which were qualifiers for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
The next edition will come Jan. 17.
By INSIDER’s Matthew Grayson
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