(photo credit: Asaf Kilger)
Israel climbed 25 places in the FIFA world rankings on Wednesday, moving up to 33rd. mostly thanks to its Euro 2012 qualifying victories over Latvia and Georgia last month.
Brazil rose to third in the rankings after leapfrogging Germany and Argentina while Italy is back in the top 10.
Spain and Netherlands, the team it beat to win the World Cup in South
Africa last year, remain in the top two spots after victories in their
Euro 2012 qualifying matches.
The 2006 World Cup winner Italy has moved up two places to ninth after
victories last month over Slovenia, its main rival in the European
championship qualifiers, and Ukraine.
Italy’s return to the top 10 after an absence of seven months is at the expense of Greece, which slipped to 12th.
The biggest mover in the top 50 together with Israel, was Belgium, which also jumped 25 places to 37th.