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Friday, April 11, 2008

Turkey slips five places in FIFA rankings

The Turkish national soccer team fell five places to 23rd in the latest FIFA world rankings released yesterday. Getting a 2-2 draw at minnow Belarus recently in a friendly game, Turkey is on 860 points.

European champion Greece rose to its highest ever position of eighth in the FIFA world rankings. With Argentina still at No. 1 at the head of an unchanged top seven, Greece rose two places in the list released after beating Portugal 2-1 last month in a friendly.

The game was a rematch of the nations 2004 European Championship final, in which Greece surprisingly beat the hosts 1-0. With Brazil, Italy, Spain, Germany, Czech Republic and France filling out the rest of the top seven spots, Portugal dropped a place to ninth and the Netherlands a place to 10th. Ghana remained Africa's highest ranked team at No. 14, with Mexico two spots back as CONCACAFs best side.

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