Italy rise to sixth in FIFA rankings

Italy has climbed to sixth place in the most recent FIFA world rankings. La Nazionale have made steady progress in the rankings after the appointment of Coach Cesare Prandelli following the turbulent 2010 World Cup campaign.
This sixth place ranking is a jump from ninth, and nearly sets the Azzurri level on the spot they occupied ahead of the last World Cup where the team were eliminated in the group stages
The new rankings will help Italy come July 30th, when FIFA selects the World Cup Qualifying Groups for the 2014 competition in Brazil.
Prandelli exclaimed delight over the new rankings for this reason, according to Corriere dello Sport: “It is important for the draw. It reduces the risk of complicated groups.”
Elsewhere in the rankings, Spain and the Netherlands retain their one-two spots, while Brazil slip two spots from third to fifth, allowing for Germany to capture third.
Excitingly for the English, they have jumped in front of Brazil at the fourth place. The largest push in the top ten is from Mexico, up 19 places to ninth – their first time in the top 10 for four years.

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