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Thursday, September 11, 2008

FIFA Ranking: October 2008 preview (III)

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.

However, since many matches were played on October 8th in previous years, do take it with a fair bit of salt.

Only 6 matches left until the rankings are released.

Germany miss out on second place after failing to get the win in Helsinki.

Six nations will improve their best ever ranking: Israel (16th, their previous best ranking was 19th achieved in September 2008), Lithuania (37th - 42nd in August 1997), FYR Macedonia (46th - 49th in March 2007), Congo (57th - 79th in April 2007), Montenegro (117th - 136th in September 2008) and Chad (118th - 127th in July 2008).
Lebanon will return to their worst ever ranking - 150th, first achieved in July 2008.
Seven countries will have their worst ever ranking: Congo DR (86th - 85th in April 2008), United Arab Emirates (112th - 111th in October 2003), Jamaica (115th - 108th in August 2008), Kuwait (123rd - 121st in November 2007), Estonia (137th - 135th in February 1996), Malta (146th - 144th in September 2006) and Liberia 153th - 146th in November 2007).

New Zealand will be the highest climbers - 57 places from 111th to 54th, followed by Congo (43 places from 100th to 57th) and Luxembourg (30 places from 152nd to 122nd). The worst movers will be Equatorial Guinea (down 32 places from 87th to 119th), New Caledonia (down 26 from 95th to 121st) and Suriname (down 24 from 84th to 108th).

9 countries can still change their ranking: Mexico, Chile, South Africa, Malawi, Barbados, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Kitts and Nevis, British Virgin Islands and Anguilla.

If Mexico fail to win against Chile they will fall below the USA in the standings.

Rank and points as of today, September 11th, 2008.

October 2008 rank - Team - October 2008 points - +/- Ranking - +/- Points

1 Spain 1643 0 78
2 Italy 1365 0 26
3 Germany 1336 0 7
4 Brazil 1280 2 28
5 Netherlands 1258 -1 -37
6 Croatia 1223 -1 -43
7 Argentina 1200 0 -30
8 Czech Republic 1111 0 -23
9 Russia 1076 3 63
10 Portugal 1075 -1 -45
11 France 1035 0 16
12 Cameroon 1027 2 28
13 Turkey 1023 -3 -10
14 England 982 1 -9
15 Bulgaria 968 1 -8
16 Israel 957 3 83
17 Greece 945 1 24
18 Romania 927 -5 -80
19 Ukraine 892 7 93
20 Uruguay 887 2 70
21 Mexico 869 3 62
22 Egypt 864 -1 23
23 Paraguay 863 2 62
24 USA 861 4 73
25 Ghana 844 -5 -20
26 Scotland 820 -10 -156
27 Nigeria 818 0 27
28 Côte d'Ivoire 814 -5 0
29 Sweden 791 2 18
30 Denmark 764 6 68
31 Poland 763 -1 -16
32 Japan 746 3 39
33 Colombia 743 -4 -42
34 Australia 737 5 82
35 Northern Ireland 722 -3 -39
36 Chile 709 4 55
37 Lithuania 706 17 161
38 Republic of Ireland 702 0 40
39 Norway 681 -5 -52
40 Serbia 671 -7 -75
41 Guinea 669 0 19
42 Ecuador 661 10 105
43 Finland 645 -1 -4
44 Morocco 643 -7 -28
45 Switzerland 639 -2 -5
46 FYR Macedonia 636 10 117
47 Tunisia 624 -3 -19
48 Iran 617 -2 3
49 Senegal 615 -4 -8
50 Honduras 602 10 100
51 Saudi Arabia 591 -3 18
52 Belgium 589 3 59
53 Mali 587 -6 -17
54 New Zealand 583 57 267
55 Korea Republic 551 -4 -7
56 Algeria 542 20 119
57 Congo 536 43 181
58 Peru 532 15 94
59 Belarus 524 -2 6
60 Slovakia 520 7 46
60 Wales 520 -7 -29
62 Hungary 507 -12 -54
63 Burkina Faso 502 1 24
64 Moldova 501 -16 -72
65 Latvia 499 -2 20
66 Venezuela 484 -5 -12
67 Angola 481 -9 -32
67 Gabon 481 -5 -4
69 Costa Rica 475 4 37
70 Zambia 474 -1 18
71 Bahrain 466 -5 -9
72 Uzbekistan 461 -13 -44
73 Slovenia 459 6 44
74 Bolivia 455 -3 12
75 Bosnia-Herzegovina 448 0 13
76 Iraq 445 -4 6
77 Libya 433 13 47
77 Qatar 433 4 21
79 Cyprus 431 -14 -45
80 Kenya 429 6 34
81 Benin 427 23 78
82 Austria 420 19 66
83 Albania 418 19 66
84 Canada 414 -3 2
85 Rwanda 410 0 10
86 Congo DR 409 -18 -52
86 South Africa 409 -16 -38
88 Trinidad and Tobago 405 -8 -9
89 Guatemala 395 10 39
90 Togo 391 -12 -29
91 Gambia 388 -1 2
92 Zimbabwe 385 -9 -21
93 Panama 383 3 18
94 Oman 374 -2 -9
94 Uganda 374 -7 -18
96 Georgia 372 -19 -49
97 China PR 370 -3 -5
98 Cuba 366 -6 -17
99 Mozambique 355 4 4
100 Armenia 351 -2 -7
101 Syria 350 -4 -14
102 Ethiopia 346 6 22
103 Iceland 345 4 13
104 Cape Verde Islands 340 -15 -51
104 Haiti 340 13 50
106 Malawi 327 4 10
106 Sudan 327 0 -6
108 Korea DPR 311 8 15
108 Suriname 311 -24 -94
110 Tanzania 308 7 18
110 Thailand 308 4 3
112 United Arab Emirates 307 -3 -16
113 Guyana 299 -1 -16
114 Jordan 298 -1 -8
115 Botswana 295 0 -4
115 Jamaica 295 -10 -44
117 Montenegro 294 19 96
118 Chad 288 9 52
119 El Salvador 285 12 65
119 Equatorial Guinea 285 -32 -107
121 New Caledonia 282 -26 -86
122 Luxembourg 273 30 128
123 Kuwait 271 -4 -14
124 Barbados 259 10 57
124 Namibia 259 -3 2
126 Kyrgyzstan 253 -2 0
127 Burundi 252 -1 15
128 Bermuda 251 -3 6
128 Hong Kong 251 -6 -5
130 Kazakhstan 247 -10 -23
131 Singapore 234 -2 5
132 Sierra Leone 233 13 52
133 St. Vincent and the Grenadines 228 14 55
134 Liechtenstein 227 -4 2
135 Antigua and Barbuda 225 -13 -31
136 Madagascar 221 5 31
137 Estonia 218 -9 -16
138 Fiji 217 5 32
139 Indonesia 213 -7 3
140 Eritrea 199 -5 0
141 Azerbaijan 192 -3 -1
141 Grenada 192 -2 0
141 Swaziland 192 0 2
144 Puerto Rico 180 2 0
145 Mauritania 178 -5 -13
146 Malta 175 -13 -34
146 Vanuatu 175 4 4
148 India 173 3 7
148 Niger 173 23 95
150 Lebanon 170 -3 -3
151 Netherlands Antilles 169 -4 -4
152 Yemen 167 -16 -31
153 Liberia 159 -9 -24
154 Maldives 156 1 23
155 Tajikistan 155 -1 19
156 Lesotho 118 0 -1
157 Turkmenistan 114 1 0
158 Myanmar 112 2 0
159 Malaysia 109 2 1
160 St. Lucia 108 1 0
161 Cayman Islands 101 23 65
162 Solomon Islands 100 -9 -40
163 St. Kitts and Nevis 99 -4 -14
164 Seychelles 97 -7 -20
165 Vietnam 90 1 -2
166 Philippines 89 1 0
167 Pakistan 87 1 -1
168 Sri Lanka 86 -4 -9
169 Turks and Caicos Islands 83 -6 -13
170 Bahamas 81 -5 -13
171 British Virgin Islands 77 -1 -2
172 Mauritius 74 -3 -8
173 Guinea-Bissau 72 -1 0
174 Belize 71 -1 0
174 Chinese Taipei 71 1 3
176 Nepal 68 1 4
177 Dominican Republic 66 -1 0
178 Samoa 64 -1 0
179 Bangladesh 56 0 -6
180 Palestine 50 -7 -21
181 Nicaragua 45 -1 0
182 Afghanistan 43 0 3
182 Cambodia 43 -1 0
184 Andorra 37 2 4
185 Brunei Darussalam 36 -1 0
186 Djibouti 35 -4 -5
187 Bhutan 32 0 0
187 Tahiti 32 0 0
187 Tonga 32 0 0
190 Laos 28 0 1
191 Dominica 25 0 0
192 Mongolia 24 0 0
193 Aruba 22 0 0
194 US Virgin Islands 17 0 0
195 Comoros 13 0 0
196 Macau 11 0 0
197 Somalia 8 0 0
198 Faroe Islands 7 0 0
199 Central African Republic 6 0 0
200 American Samoa 0 0 0
200 Anguilla 0 0 0
200 Cook Islands 0 0 0
200 Guam 0 0 0
200 Montserrat 0 0 0
200 Papua New Guinea 0 0 0
200 San Marino 0 0 0
200 Timor-Leste 0 0 0


Next update - probably on October 1st.

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