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Jul 17, 4:31 AM EDT

Germany top of FIFA rankings after World Cup win

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ZURICH, Switzerland (AP) -- Germany has climbed to the top of the FIFA rankings after winning the World Cup for the first time in 24 years.

The four-time champions, who beat Argentina 1-0 at the Maracana on Sunday, have replaced Spain in first place as well as succeeding them as world champions.

Argentina and the Netherlands complete the new-look top three.

Spain's title defense surprisingly ended in the group stage, and the team has dropped to eighth place.

First-round exits also led to Portugal going down seven places to 11th, Italy dropping five to 14th and England plummeting 10 spots to 20th.

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