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Beaten finalist again but Argentina takes FIFA rankings top spot from World Cup winner Germany

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ZURICH — Argentina takes top spot in the monthly FIFA rankings from World Cup winner Germany despite losing another tournament final.

Beaten by Chile in the Copa America final — a year after losing the World Cup final— Argentina rises two places to lead the rankings for the first time in seven years. Chile climbs eight to No. 11.

Germany falls to No. 2, followed by Belgium, Colombia and the Netherlands.

Newcomers in the top 10 are No. 8 Romania and No. 10 Wales. Both will be top-seeded in World Cup qualifying groups this month if FIFA confirms the draw pots by rankings alone.

Algeria at No. 19 is the only top-20 team from outside Europe and South America.

Costa Rica leads CONCACAF teams at No. 21. The US drops seven to No. 34.

Asia's highest-ranked team is No. 38 Iran.

PHOTO: Argentina's Lionel Messi walks by the Copa America trophy after receiving the silver medal after the final game with Chile at the National Stadium in Santiago, Chile, Saturday, July 4, 2015. Chile goalkeeper Claudio Bravo made a save and striker Alexis Sanchez converted the winning penalty as host Chile defeated Argentina 4-1 in a shootout after a 0-0 draw in the Copa America final.(AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
Argentina's Lionel Messi walks by the Copa America trophy after receiving the silver medal after the final game with Chile at the National Stadium in Santiago, Chile, Saturday, July 4, 2015. Chile goalkeeper Claudio Bravo made a save and striker Alexis Sanchez converted the winning penalty as host Chile defeated Argentina 4-1 in a shootout after a 0-0 draw in the Copa America final.(AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

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