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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Germany named FIFA Team of the Year ahead of Brazil and Portugal

The ESPN FC panel discuss Group F, which contains Germany, Mexico, Sweden and South Korea.

Germany have been crowned the Team of the Year by FIFA after finishing on top of the World Ranking at the end of 2017.

FIFA published its full ranking for December on Thursday, with few changes towards the top of the ranking as only 41 "A" international matches were played.

Joachim Low's world champions remain comfortably ahead of second-placed Brazil and European champions Portugal, who sit third.

Germany take over as Team of the Year from Argentina, who finished top in 2016. Belgium were top of the ranking at the end of 2015.

A perfect World Cup qualifying record, with 10 wins out of 10, ensured Germany have remained first for four consecutive months, and five of the last six. 

Denmark's superb end to their qualifying group, including the playoff win over Republic of Ireland, saw them win Mover of the Year for the team with the best points improvement over the 12 months. 

Macedonia (76th, up 86), Andorra (138th, up 65) and Lebanon (85th, up 62) enjoyed the biggest jump in ranking places in 2017.

NEW FIFA RANKING TOP 20

1. Germany
2. Brazil
3. Portugal
4. Argentina
5. Belgium
6. Spain
7. Poland
8. Switzerland
9. France
10. Chile
11. Peru
12. Denmark
13. Colombia
14. Italy
15. England
16. Mexico
17. Croatia
18. Sweden
19. Wales
20. Netherlands

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