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Monday, September 1, 2008

FIFA Ranking: September 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.

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), Montenegro (136th - 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).

Cayman Islands will be this month's best climbers: 24 places from 187th to 163rd, followed by Kyrgyzstan (22, 145 to 123) and New Caledonia (21, 116 to 95). In free fall: Solomon Islands and Korea DPR (both falling 24 places) and Samoa with 23.

Instead of the usual top 50, I decided to post the full table. I'd like some feedback - should I keep this up (i.e. posting the full table) or was the top 50 enough for you? Thanks!

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

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 Australia 655 -1 -30
39 Chile 655 0 -25
41 Finland 650 1 -3
41 Guinea 650 -1 -20
43 Switzerland 644 1 -1
43 Tunisia 644 4 15
45 Senegal 625 -2 -24
46 Iran 616 -1 -27
47 Mali 610 1 -14
48 Moldova 575 1 -47
49 Saudi Arabia 572 3 -3
50 Hungary 562 0 -29
51 Ecuador 560 5 18
52 Korea Republic 556 1 0
53 Wales 549 -2 -29
54 Lithuania 546 5 26
55 Belgium 531 -9 -106
56 FYR Macedonia 525 -2 -23
57 Belarus 518 0 -18
58 Angola 512 0 -10
59 Honduras 502 2 -4
60 Venezuela 501 0 -7
61 Uzbekistan 494 -6 -51
62 Gabon 485 12 37
63 Latvia 480 2 -4
64 Burkina Faso 478 -1 -21
65 Slovakia 473 -1 -24
66 Bahrain 472 1 10
66 Cyprus 472 -4 -31
68 Congo DR 461 4 5
69 Zambia 459 -2 -3
70 South Africa 448 3 -3
71 Bolivia 444 -2 -16
72 Peru 443 -3 -17
73 Costa Rica 438 5 24
73 Iraq 438 3 5
75 Bosnia-Herzegovina 437 -1 -11
76 Algeria 424 14 38
77 Georgia 422 9 29
78 Cuba 421 2 16
78 Togo 421 -12 -56
80 Slovenia 415 -3 -11
80 Trinidad and Tobago 415 12 36
82 Canada 411 -3 -1
82 Qatar 411 -11 -47
84 Zimbabwe 407 0 11
85 Suriname 405 -1 9
86 Rwanda 400 -3 1
87 Kenya 395 4 11
88 Equatorial Guinea 394 -7 -9
89 Uganda 391 7 20
90 Cape Verde Islands 390 -8 -10
91 Gambia 387 -3 0
92 Oman 383 -4 -4
93 Libya 380 -6 -12
94 China PR 374 3 5
95 New Caledonia 368 21 86
96 Panama 365 -4 -14
97 Syria 364 2 -3
98 Armenia 358 -4 -14
99 Guatemala 357 1 -4
100 Congo 356 5 12
101 Austria 355 2 6
102 Albania 352 -1 -7
103 Mozambique 351 3 10
104 Benin 349 -2 -1
105 Jamaica 338 3 9
106 Guyana 332 12 67
106 Iceland 332 -9 -37
106 Sudan 332 3 4
109 Ethiopia 324 -2 -13
110 United Arab Emirates 321 -6 -24
111 Malawi 317 -1 -1
112 New Zealand 316 -1 0
113 Jordan 306 1 17
114 Thailand 304 -2 0
115 Botswana 299 -2 2
116 Haiti 290 7 38
116 Tanzania 290 -1 2
118 Korea DPR 285 -24 -87
119 Kuwait 284 -2 10
120 Kazakhstan 270 5 34
121 Hong Kong 257 0 1
121 Namibia 257 3 17
123 Kyrgyzstan 254 22 76
124 Antigua and Barbuda 251 8 50
125 Bermuda 241 -6 -19
126 Burundi 238 4 18
127 Chad 236 0 5
128 Estonia 233 -7 -23
129 Liechtenstein 227 -1 -3
129 Singapore 227 -3 -5
131 El Salvador 220 -11 -37
132 Malta 210 -1 6
133 Indonesia 209 14 36
134 Barbados 202 0 9
135 Eritrea 200 5 10
136 Montenegro 198 7 18
137 Yemen PDR 197 1 6
138 Azerbaijan 192 0 1
138 Grenada 192 -2 0
140 Mauritania 191 1 7
140 Swaziland 191 -7 -8
142 Madagascar 190 -6 -2
143 Fiji 185 3 11
144 Liberia 183 -2 0
145 Sierra Leone 181 -11 -12
146 Puerto Rico 180 -3 0
147 Netherlands Antilles 173 0 0
147 St. Vincent and the Grenadines 173 3 11
149 Lebanon 172 0 0
150 Vanuatu 171 1 14
151 India 166 2 35
152 Luxembourg 145 0 -4
153 Solomon Islands 140 -24 -85
154 Tajikistan 136 2 9
155 Maldives 134 -1 5
156 Lesotho 119 2 -3
157 Seychelles 114 4 4
157 Turkmenistan 114 2 0
159 St. Kitts and Nevis 113 1 0
160 Myanmar 112 -3 -13
161 St. Lucia 108 1 0
162 Malaysia 106 0 -2
163 Cayman Islands 99 24 63
164 Turks and Caicos Islands 96 1 0
165 Sri Lanka 95 -1 -10
166 Bahamas 94 -1 -2
167 Vietnam 93 -2 -3
168 Philippines 89 0 0
169 Pakistan 88 -1 -1
170 Mauritius 82 0 -6
171 British Virgin Islands 79 0 0
172 Niger 77 0 3
173 Guinea-Bissau 72 1 0
174 Belize 71 1 0
174 Palestine 71 -2 -3
176 Chinese Taipei 68 0 0
177 Dominican Republic 66 0 0
178 Nepal 64 2 3
178 Samoa 64 -23 -64
180 Bangladesh 62 1 10
181 Nicaragua 45 3 0
182 Cambodia 43 1 -7
183 Afghanistan 40 2 -3
183 Djibouti 40 3 0
185 Brunei Darussalam 36 2 0
186 Bhutan 32 4 0
186 Tahiti 32 -8 -32
186 Tonga 32 -8 -32
189 Andorra 30 -7 -21
190 Laos 27 -1 -7
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 1 0
197 Somalia 8 1 0
198 Central African Republic 6 1 0
198 Faroe Islands 6 -2 -6
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

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