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20.07.2005 Football News

Ghana improves in FIFA rankings

ZURICH, Switzerland -- Ghana jumped up 6 places to No. 70 in FIFA's rankings, whilst The United States and Germany stormed up the world rankings as well on wednesday.

The Netherlands achieved their highest placing in more than 11 years.

The United States rose four places to their highest ranking of sixth after reaching the final of the CONCACAF Gold Cup. They face Honduras in the final on Thursday.

Germany jumped 10 places to 11th following their run to the semi-finals of the Confederations Cup last month where they lost to eventual winners Brazil, who remain top of the rankings.

Argentina moved up one place to second after reaching the Confederations Cup final and the Netherlands also jump one place to third, with the Czech Republic dropping two places to fourth.

Mexico are up one place to fifth while France, stuttering in their World Cup qualification campaign, dropped below the U.S. team, falling two places to seventh.