Spain ends 6th straight year atop FIFA rankings; USA 14th

Spain concludes its sixth straight year sitting atop the FIFA world rankings.
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ZURICH (AP) - Spain tops the year-end FIFA rankings for the sixth straight year, since starting its run of major tournament wins at the 2008 European Championship.

The 2010 World Cup winner leads Germany, Argentina and Colombia at the head of an unchanged top 10, which is rounded out by World Cup host Brazil. Just 30 national team matches were played in the past month to affect the calculations.

The United States remains the best-placed CONCACAF team, unmoved at No. 14. Ivory Coast leads Africa at No. 17. Iran still leads Asian confederation teams and rises 12 to No. 33.

Bosnia-Herzegovina rises two places to No. 19, pushing No. 21 Mexico down one.

FIFA says No. 18 Ukraine made the biggest rankings rise in 2013, up 29 places. Ukraine failed to qualify for the World Cup, losing a playoff to No. 20 France despite carrying a 2-0 lead into the second leg.

The USA's World Cup group stage opponents all boast the same rankings from the last month, with Germany, Portugal and Ghana coming in at Nos. 2, 5 and 24, respectively.

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