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4.24.2008

Greek power in FIFA world ranking

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According to FIFA stadistics, european champion Greece has risen to eighth spot of the world soccer rankings, its highest ever position.

Argentina still at the top of the list in an unchanged top seven, Greece rose two places in the list released Wednesday after beating Portugal last month 2-1 in a friendly game.

As we know, that game was a rematch of the 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, the portuguese team dropped a place to ninth and the Netherlands slipped a spot to 10th.

As for the CONCACAF teams, we must say that Canada fell one place to No. 63.

In the other side, Israel reached the top 20 for the first time, rising two places to 20th thanks to a 1-0 exhibition clash victory over Chile.

Congratulations to Moldova, which had the biggest mover in the top 50 with a 14-place rise to No. 37 while the United States moved up seven places to No. 21 after a 3-0 exhibition victory at Poland.

Finally, lets mention that Ghana remained Africa's highest ranked team in No. 14, with Mexico two spots back as CONCACAF's best national team.

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