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Swiss among World Cup seeds

Switzerland will be among the eight seeded teams at the World Cup draw in December.

Switzerland will be among the eight seeded teams at the World Cup draw in December. Picture: AFP.

BERNE - Switzerland will be among the eight seeded teams at the World Cup draw in December after they leapt to seventh in the latest FIFA rankings announced on Thursday, while Italy were edged out.

Spain, Argentina, Germany, Colombia, Belgium and hosts Brazil will also be seeded, as will Uruguay, if they beat Jordan in a two-leg playoff next month.

If Uruguay does not qualify, Netherlands, joint eighth with Italy in the rankings, will take their place among the seeds.

FIFA previously ruled that Brazil plus the top seven ranked teams would be seeded for the draw.

Portugal, Greece, Croatia and Ukraine will be the seeded teams in next Monday's draw for the European zone playoff round, which also features France, Iceland, Sweden and Romania.

Meanwhile, South Africa went up seven places up, from 68 to 61 on the latest FIFA rankings.

Bafana Bafana remain in 12th position in Africa.