Thursday April 9th, 2015

World Cup champion Germany remained atop the monthly FIFA rankings, released Thursday, as the U.S. men's national team rose five spots, landing at No. 27.

Belgium rose to its highest spot ever at No. 3, one spot behind Argentina. Colombia is No. 4.

Brazil, which beat France in a friendly 3-1 last month, rose to No. 5 and switched places with the Netherlands at No. 6. Portugal, Uruguay, Switzerland and Spain round out the top 10.

Costa Rica dropped two spots to No. 15, but still leads the CONCACAF nations. Mexico, which the USA will play at a sold-out Alamodome in San Antonio on April 15, is up three places to No. 18.

Algeria is leads the Confederation of African Football teams at No. 21, and Iran (No. 40) is the best-ranked Asian team.

This month’s rankings will decide the seeding for Asia's World Cup qualifying group draw. Seeding for the European qualifying groups will be decided by the July rankings before the July 25 draw.

Next month’s ranking will be released on May 7.

- Scooby Axson

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