|Iran moves down in FIFA ranking||
TEHRAN – Iran has moved four places down in the latest FIFA World ranking released on Thursday.
Iran went down four spot to 38th but maintained the top spot in Asia above Japan and Australia.
Iran has been drawn in Group F of the FIFA 2014 World Cup along with powerhouse Argentina, Nigeria and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The FIFA world rankings are determined by points awarded from match results in a three-year period, with more recent games given greater weight. Teams get additional points for playing relatively strong opponents.
The next ranking update is scheduled for March 13.
The FIFA men's Top 10, listing country and rankings points
1. Spain, 1,506
2. Germany, 1,314
3. Argentina, 1,255
4. Portugal, 1,219
5. Colombia, 1,211
6. Switzerland, 1,159
7. Uruguay, 1,157
8. Italy, 1,135
9. Brazil, 1,125
10. Netherlands, 1,122
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