Argentina, Belgium lead ahead of Copa America, Euro 2016


Argentinian soccer player Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring his third goal during a friendly match against Brazil at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on June 9, 2012. Argentina won 4-3. AFP PHOTO/Mehdi Taamallah (Photo credit should read MEHDI TAAMALLAH/AFP/GettyImages)

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ZURICH — Argentina will kick off the Copa America as the world’s top-ranked team, and No. 2 Belgium goes to the European Championship as the best on its continent.

Colombia, which opens the Copa America on Friday against host United States, moved up one place to No. 3. Germany is No. 4.

Defending Copa America champion Chile dropped two places to No. 5 before playing Argentina on Monday.

Mexico is the top-ranked CONCACAF team at No. 16. The United States dropped two to No. 31.

Euro 2016 host France climbed four to No. 17 after beating Cameroon in a warm-up friendly this week.

Algeria is the top African nation at No. 32, and No. 39 Iran is Asia’s best.

The USA will kick off the tournament Friday night and face Colombia in San Francisco.

Chicago’s Soldier Field will host four Copa America games, that include: Jamaica vs. Venezuela on June 5, USA vs. Costa Rica on June 7, Argentina vs. Panama on June 10 and a semi-final match on June 22.

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