Brazil closing in on Argentina's top ranking

April 9, 2008

ZURICH, April 9 (Reuters) - Argentina remained top of the FIFA world rankings published on Wednesday but with just 10 points separating them from South American rivals Brazil.

A 2-0 friendly win over Egypt last month helped Argentina hold top spot for the seventh consecutive month but Brazil narrowed the gap with a 1-0 victory in their friendly game against higher-ranked Sweden.

There was no movement among the top seven sides but Greece secured their highest ranking, climbing above Portugal into eighth place after beating Luiz Felipe Scolari's men 2-1 last month.

FIFA RANKINGS (previous positions in brackets):


1. (1) Argentina
2. (2) Brazil
3. (3) Italy
4. (4) Spain
5. (5) Germany
6. (6) Czech Republic
7. (7) France
8. (10) Greece
9. (8) Portugal
10. (9) Netherlands
11. (11) England
12. (13) Romania
13. (12) Croatia
14. (15) Ghana
15. (14) Scotland
16. (16) Mexico
17. (17) Cameroon
18. (19) Bulgaria
19. (20) Colombia


20. (22) Israel