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Argentina end year with top soccer ranking

AAP logoAAP 22/12/2016

Argentina end the year top of the FIFA world rankings, with South American neighbours Brazil second.

Argentina, who have led the rankings since replacing Belgium in April, have won 10 of their 15 games in 2016, while losing three.

World champions Germany stay third, ahead of Chile, Belgium and Colombia in the rankings, published on Thursday by football's governing body.

Euro 2016 finalists France, who have gained the most ranking points since December 2015, remain seventh ahead of European champions Portugal, while Uruguay and Spain complete the unchanged top 10.

Australia have moved up one place to 47th to sit behind Japan (45th) and Denmark (46th).

The biggest movers of the month are Rwanda, who are up nine places to 92nd.

Ranking positions from 11-20 also remain unchanged, with Switzerland in 11th place, ahead of Wales (12), England (13) and Italy (16).

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