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Costa Rica rises above US to lead CONCACAF teams in FIFA rankings topped by Germany

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ZURICH - World Cup quarterfinalist Costa Rica has risen above the United States to be CONCACAF's highest-ranked team in the latest FIFA rankings.

Costa Rica climbs one place to No. 15, and Mexico is at No. 17 after also rising one place this month.

The U.S. — which, like Mexico, exited the World Cup in the second round — falls three places to No. 18.

Although none of the CONCACAF rivals played last month, the moves reflect changing values of past results in the four-year cycle of matches FIFA uses in its calculations. For the first time, the rankings weigh South America as the strongest confederation ahead of UEFA.

World Cup winner Germany stays No. 1 ahead of Argentina and the Netherlands.

Canada fell four spots to No. 122, one spot below Tajikistan and Central African Republic and just ahead of Guinea-Bissau.

Former champion Spain is tied with Brazil for seventh place.

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