Argentina finishes 2007 top of FIFA rankings

December 17, 2007

NYON, Switzerland -- Argentina finished at the top of soccer's world rankings in 2007, winning FIFA's team of the year in the process.

The final rankings from soccer's world governing body released Monday had an unchanged top 10 from November.

Argentina was first with 1,523 points, followed by Brazil with 1,502 and world champion Italy with 1,498.

The rest of the top 10 was rounded out by Spain, Germany, Czech Republic, France, Portugal, Netherlands and Croatia.

European champion Greece stayed 11th with 1,114, one point ahead of England. The United States remained in 19th place with 876 points.

Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press