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Kaka and Brazil head to the World Cup as the No. 1 ranked team in the world. ((Jamie McDonald/Getty Images))

Brazil will head to next month's World Cup in South Africa as the No. 1 team in the world.

The South American powerhouse topped the monthly world rankings released Wednesday by FIFA, soccer's international governing body, in the final ranking before the start of the World Cup on June 11.

Brazil, the five-time world champion, retained the top spot ahead of European champion Spain.

Portugal is third, followed by the Netherlands and world champion Italy. Germany is sixth, ahead of Argentina and England.

France moved up one spot to No. 9, trading places with Croatia (No. 10), which did not qualify for the World Cup.

The United States, at No. 14, heads up the three World Cup qualifiers from CONCACAF, the soccer confederation that covers North and Central America and the Caribbean.

No. 19 Cameroon is best of the six African teams headed to the World Cup, while No. 20 Australia leads Asia's four qualifiers.

No. 105 North Korea is the lowest-ranked World Cup qualifier.

Canada remained at No. 63, sandwiched between Macedonia and Montenegro.

Six countries — Monserrat, San Marino, Papua New Guinea, Anguilla, American Samoa and Central African Republic — are tied for last at No. 202.