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Thursday, August 21, 2008

FIFA Ranking: Probable top 50 in September 2008

Point totals for teams from the top 20 of the October 2007 ranking should be 100% correct. For the others, there's the issue of historical rankings published before July 2006.

There are only 13 matches left to play this month (or more - I'm not sure about the Independence Cup taking place in Indonesia), so the top 50 is pretty much set in stone with the exceptions of Iran and Saudi Arabia. Iran could lose another spot with a bad result against Azerbaijan (of course, if they don't cancel that friendly too), while Saudi Arabia could lose up to three places if they don't win against Qatar.

Italy reclaim second place from Germany, Turkey return to the top 10 at the expense of Russia, but are still 5 places shy of their best ever ranking - 5th in June 2004.

Mexico managed to overtake the USA, but Scotland failed to get the win they needed in order to overtake England.

Despite losing 2 - 0 against Finland, Israel will go up one place to 19 - their best ever ranking. Same goes for New Caledonia (95th - previous best ranking was 114th), Chad (126th - 127th in July 2008), Montenegro (135th - 142nd in June 2008) and Bhutan (186th - 187th in December 2003).

Sweden will match their worst ever ranking, first achieved in August 1998 - 31st. Laos return to their worst ever ranking - 190th in June 2008.

Three countries will have their worst ever ranking: Tahiti (186th - 181st in June 2007), Andorra (189th - 188th in May 1997) and Faroe Islands (198th - 196th in August 2008).

New Caledonia and Kyrgyzstan will be the best climbers - 21 places, followed by Algeria (14), then Gabon and Guyana - both with 12.

The worst movers will be Solomon Islands, going down 24 places, then Samoa (-22) and Korea DPR (-21).

1 Spain 1572 0 15
2 Italy 1339 1 19
3 Germany 1329 -1 -14
4 Netherlands 1305 0 6
5 Croatia 1266 0 -16
6 Brazil 1252 0 10
7 Argentina 1230 0 11
8 Czech Republic 1134 0 -12
9 Portugal 1120 0 -2
10 Turkey 1033 3 23
11 France 1019 1 7
12 Russia 1013 -2 -10
13 Romania 1007 -2 -14
14 Cameroon 1001 1 7
15 England 990 -1 -13
16 Scotland 977 0 -11
17 Bulgaria 976 0 46
18 Greece 920 0 24
19 Israel 877 1 1
20 Ghana 866 -1 -26
21 Egypt 841 0 -10
22 Uruguay 817 2 4
23 Côte d'Ivoire 813 2 11
24 Mexico 807 8 57
25 Paraguay 802 -3 -18
26 Ukraine 801 2 15
27 Nigeria 791 0 3
28 USA 788 3 21
29 Colombia 786 -6 -30
30 Poland 779 -1 1
31 Sweden 772 -5 -29
32 Northern Ireland 761 0 11
33 Serbia 743 1 -6
34 Norway 732 -5 -46
35 Japan 701 0 -26
36 Denmark 696 0 -26
37 Morocco 671 0 -19
38 Republic of Ireland 662 3 -4
39 Chile 655 0 -25
39 Australia 655 -1 -30
41 Guinea 650 -1 -20
41 Finland 650 1 -3
43 Tunisia 644 4 15
43 Switzerland 644 1 -1
45 Senegal 625 -2 -24
46 Iran 624 -1 -19
47 Mali 610 1 -14
48 Moldova 575 1 -47
49 Saudi Arabia 569 3 -6
50 Hungary 562 0 -29


I will post an update on September 1st - to include the remaining matches.

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