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Friday, October 31, 2008

FIFA Ranking: November 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.

I don't know whether I will have the time next week to post the ranking, so this may also be the final preview for November.

The deadline should be on Thursday, but FIFA may include more matches. There are 3 matches left until the deadline, but FIFA may include as much as 8. The November 2008 FIFA Ranking will be published on November 12th.

Australia become the top AFC team.
Ghana fall from the CAF podium, being replaced by Nigeria.
Mexico fail to knock the USA from the CONCACAF top spot.
Paraguay replace Uruguay as CONMEBOL's third team.
Germany up to second place in the world and in UEFA.
First ever points for Timor-Leste after a 2 - 2 draw with Cambodia.

Highest climbers:

33 - Jamaica (116 -> 83)
28 - Laos (190 -> 162)
25 - Cuba (98 -> 73)
21 - Iceland (103 -> 82)
18 - Switzerland (45 -> 27)

Worst movers:

27 - Cyprus (80 -> 107), Kyrgyzstan (127 -> 154)
26 - Hong Kong (130 -> 156)
21 - Suriname (108 -> 129)
19 - Guatemala (89 -> 108)

Three countries will improve their best ever ranking:

Israel (15th - 16th in October 2008)
Montenegro (116th - 117th in October 2008)
Philippines (157th - 162nd in August 1993)

Timor-Leste return to their best ever ranking - 198th first achieved in November 2006.

Two countries will return to their worst ever ranking:

Macau (197th - August 2008)
Cook Islands (201st - February 2008)

Ten countries will have their worst ever ranking:

Norway (54th - 52nd in July 2006)
Congo DR (95th - 85th in April 2008)
United Arab Emirates (113th - 111 in October 2003)
Kuwait ( 128th - 124th in October 2008)
Malta (149th - 146th in October 2008)
Hong Kong (156th - 154th in February 2003)
Andorra (194th - 188th in May 1997)
Central African Republic (200th - 199th in August 2008)
Papua New Guinea (201st - 200th in August 2008)
San Marino (201st - 200th in May 2008)

Best movers in the Top 50:

18 - Switzerland
15 - Slovakia
11 - Serbia and Ecuador
5 - Paraguay and Nigeria

Worst movers in the Top 50:

-15 - Norway
-7 - Scotland and Northern Ireland
-6 - Japan and Colombia
-5 - Finland

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

1 Spain 1657 0 14
2 Germany 1413 1 77
3 Italy 1356 -1 -9
4 Netherlands 1306 1 48
5 Brazil 1286 -1 6
6 Argentina 1181 1 -19
7 Croatia 1158 -1 -65
8 Russia 1079 1 3
9 Czech Republic 1062 -1 -49
10 England 1058 4 76
10 Portugal 1058 0 -17
12 France 1035 -1 0
13 Turkey 1031 0 10
14 Cameroon 1011 -2 -16
15 Israel 1004 1 43
16 Bulgaria 949 -1 -20
17 Paraguay 935 5 75
18 Greece 907 -1 -38
19 Romania 892 -1 -35
20 Ukraine 887 -1 -6
21 Egypt 876 1 16
22 Nigeria 852 5 34
23 Uruguay 838 -3 -49
24 USA 834 -3 -27
25 Mexico 827 -1 -14
26 Ghana 805 -1 -34
27 Switzerland 799 18 158
28 Côte d'Ivoire 782 1 3
29 Serbia 777 11 104
30 Sweden 775 -2 -19
31 Ecuador 770 11 109
32 Poland 765 -2 2
33 Scotland 761 -7 -59
34 Denmark 760 -3 0
35 Chile 752 1 38
36 Republic of Ireland 749 2 48
37 Australia 748 -3 11
38 Japan 719 -6 -28
39 Colombia 692 -6 -47
40 Guinea 691 1 21
41 Lithuania 678 -4 -28
42 Northern Ireland 670 -7 -51
43 Morocco 648 0 6
44 Iran 638 4 19
45 Slovakia 628 15 107
46 Honduras 622 4 21
47 Tunisia 613 0 -11
48 Finland 611 -5 -31
49 FYR Macedonia 603 -3 -34
50 Mali 601 3 14
50 Senegal 601 -1 -14
52 Saudi Arabia 593 -1 4
53 Korea Republic 588 2 36
54 Norway 574 -15 -106
55 Belgium 571 -4 -18
56 Hungary 551 6 44
57 Slovenia 542 16 85
58 Costa Rica 541 11 65
59 Gabon 534 8 53
60 New Zealand 533 -6 -51
61 Burkina Faso 521 2 19
62 Wales 518 -1 0
63 Algeria 514 -7 -28
64 Belarus 507 -5 -15
65 Latvia 500 -1 -1
66 Venezuela 497 0 13
67 Bosnia-Herzegovina 493 8 47
68 Angola 474 0 -5
68 Congo 474 -11 -62
70 Bolivia 469 4 13
71 Zambia 466 -1 -2
72 Peru 465 -14 -68
73 Cuba 460 25 94
74 Iraq 452 3 9
75 Bahrain 450 -3 -15
76 Moldova 449 -11 -51
77 South Africa 443 8 32
78 Qatar 439 0 3
79 Uzbekistan 438 -9 -30
80 Canada 434 4 19
81 Trinidad and Tobago 429 7 25
82 Iceland 422 21 77
83 Jamaica 421 33 126
83 Uganda 421 12 45
85 Libya 419 -9 -25
86 Kenya 412 -7 -21
87 Albania 409 -4 -7
88 Rwanda 406 -1 -4
89 Panama 404 2 19
90 Gambia 400 0 11
91 Austria 395 -9 -27
91 Togo 395 0 10
93 Mozambique 391 7 36
94 Benin 388 -13 -41
95 Congo DR 387 -10 -24
96 Oman 384 -2 4
97 Zimbabwe 374 -6 -11
98 China PR 371 -2 -3
99 Georgia 364 -2 -4
100 Barbados 361 14 61
101 Sudan 360 5 34
102 Ethiopia 348 0 0
102 Syria 348 -3 -13
104 Malawi 346 5 36
105 Haiti 341 -1 1
105 Tanzania 341 5 34
107 Cyprus 337 -27 -93
108 Guatemala 315 -19 -79
109 El Salvador 305 11 20
110 Cape Verde Islands 303 -6 -37
111 Armenia 302 -10 -51
112 Korea DPR 300 -5 -15
113 United Arab Emirates 297 -3 -10
114 Guyana 290 4 0
114 Namibia 290 12 31
116 Montenegro 285 1 -9
116 Thailand 285 -4 -18
118 Jordan 284 -6 -19
119 Botswana 277 -4 -19
120 Equatorial Guinea 275 1 -9
120 New Caledonia 275 2 0
122 St. Vincent and the Grenadines 268 3 7
123 Chad 260 -4 -28
124 Kazakhstan 252 7 5
124 Sierra Leone 252 9 20
126 Bermuda 251 3 0
127 Luxembourg 245 -4 -28
128 Kuwait 242 -4 -30
129 Suriname 239 -21 -72
130 Burundi 237 -2 -15
131 Estonia 235 6 17
132 Indonesia 220 7 9
133 Madagascar 209 3 -11
134 Azerbaijan 208 9 17
135 Singapore 205 -3 -28
136 Antigua and Barbuda 202 -3 -30
137 Eritrea 200 3 0
138 Fiji 199 0 -18
138 Grenada 199 3 7
140 Swaziland 181 1 -11
141 Puerto Rico 180 3 0
142 Liberia 179 11 20
143 Vanuatu 175 4 0
144 India 172 4 -1
145 Yemen 169 3 -4
146 Tajikistan 166 9 11
147 Niger 157 3 -15
148 Turkmenistan 154 10 39
149 Malaysia 153 11 44
149 Malta 153 -3 -23
151 Lebanon 151 0 -18
152 Liechtenstein 145 -17 -82
153 Maldives 129 1 -27
154 Kyrgyzstan 128 -27 -125
154 Netherlands Antilles 128 -3 -41
156 Hong Kong 119 -26 -131
157 Philippines 118 8 29
158 Myanmar 116 -1 0
159 Vietnam 115 6 26
160 Mauritania 112 -15 -66
161 Lesotho 109 -2 -4
162 Laos 108 28 80
163 St. Kitts and Nevis 105 -7 -18
164 Cayman Islands 101 -2 0
165 Solomon Islands 100 -2 0
166 Seychelles 93 -2 -3
167 Pakistan 90 1 3
168 Sri Lanka 89 -3 0
169 Turks and Caicos Islands 83 0 0
170 Chinese Taipei 82 3 11
171 Bahamas 81 -1 0
172 St. Lucia 77 -11 -31
173 Mauritius 74 -2 0
174 Cambodia 72 8 29
174 Guinea-Bissau 72 -2 0
176 Belize 71 -3 0
177 British Virgin Islands 67 -1 0
177 Nepal 67 -2 -1
179 Dominican Republic 66 -2 0
180 Samoa 64 -2 0
181 Bangladesh 53 -2 -2
182 Brunei Darussalam 52 2 16
183 Palestine 49 -3 -1
184 Afghanistan 46 -2 3
185 Nicaragua 45 -4 0
186 Faroe Islands 37 12 30
187 Bhutan 32 0 0
187 Djibouti 32 -1 -3
187 Tahiti 32 0 0
187 Tonga 32 0 0
191 Dominica 25 0 0
192 Mongolia 24 0 0
193 Aruba 22 0 0
194 Andorra 19 -10 -17
195 US Virgin Islands 17 -1 0
196 Comoros 13 -1 0
197 Macau 10 -1 -1
198 Somalia 8 -1 0
198 Timor-Leste 8 2 8
200 Central African Republic 6 -1 0
201 American Samoa 0 -1 0
201 Anguilla 0 -1 0
201 Cook Islands 0 -1 0
201 Guam 0 -1 0
201 Montserrat 0 -1 0
201 Papua New Guinea 0 -1 0
201 San Marino 0 -1 0

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