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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

FIFA Ranking: September 2008 preview (II)

Friendlies have been scheduled and canceled since August 8th, so here's a quick update of the previous version.

Wales, Saudi Arabia, Ecuador, Honduras and Cuba could also make it into the top 50 if results go their way.

There will be 28 countries with less than 5 matches in the last 12 months, with New Zealand (3 matches) and Cuba (4 matches - including the qualifier against Trinidad and Tobago) catching the eye.

As the "current points" choice raised some eyebrows (Lusankya's to be more exact), I will use the August points and rankings instead for the first columns of the table.

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.

August 2008 rank - Country - August 2008 points - Minimum points - Maximum points

1 Spain 1557 1543 1572
2 Germany 1343 1302 1329
3 Italy 1320 1332 1353
4 Netherlands 1299 1293 1329
5 Croatia 1282 1242 1266
6 Brazil 1242 1252 1252
7 Argentina 1219 1217 1256
8 Czech Republic 1146 1120 1162
9 Portugal 1122 1109 1120
10 Russia 1023 1000 1039
11 Romania 1021 976 1007
12 France 1012 985 1019
13 Turkey 1010 1005 1033
14 England 1003 973 1025
15 Cameroon 994 1001 1001
16 Scotland 988 956 1019
17 Bulgaria 930 928 976
18 Greece 896 891 920
19 Ghana 892 861 874
20 Israel 876 877 936
21 Egypt 851 841 852
22 Paraguay 820 792 821
23 Colombia 816 786 816
24 Uruguay 813 776 817
25 Côte d'Ivoire 802 792 813
26 Sweden 801 772 807
27 Nigeria 788 791 791
28 Ukraine 786 754 801
29 Poland 778 779 811
29 Norway 778 715 768
31 USA 767 735 788
32 Northern Ireland 750 738 807
32 Mexico 750 727 807
34 Serbia 749 743 743
35 Japan 727 701 730
36 Denmark 722 696 750
37 Morocco 690 655 671
38 Australia 685 645 675
39 Chile 680 655 695
40 Guinea 670 650 682
41 Republic of Ireland 666 643 700
42 Finland 653 601 650
43 Senegal 649 618 639
44 Switzerland 645 612 644
45 Iran 643 605 616
46 Belgium 637 531 605
47 Tunisia 629 636 659
48 Mali 624 610 637
49 Moldova 622 575 622
50 Hungary 591 557 572


The next update will be posted (hopefully!) on August 21st.

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