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Friday, December 12, 2008

FIFA Ranking: December 2008 final preview

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.

Included: matches played up to and including December 11th. This is the deadline for matches, but FIFA may include two more matches: Serbia - Poland (friendly) and Jamaica - Grenada (continental qualifier). See the changes in the FIFA ranking if these matches would be included.

Netherlands up to 3rd, replacing Italy.
England continue to rise - up to 8th.
Turkey return to the top 10.
Czechia, France and Portugal - tied for 11th place.

The best movers: Fiji - 31 places, followed by Grenada (21), Kenya (20) and Jamaica (17).

On the other end, New Zealand goes down 24 places, Belarus, Barbados and Eritrea 22, Moldova 21.

Best movers in the top 50

11 - Korea Republic
9 - Australia
8 - Hungary
6 - Honduras
5 - Ukraine and Egypt
4 - Chile and Mali

Worst movers in the top 50

-11 - Bulgaria
-10 - Northern Ireland and Lithuania
-8 - Finland
-7 - Colombia
-6 - FYR Macedonia
-5 - Ecuador

Six countries will improve their best ever ranking:

Egypt (16th - 17th in May 1998)
Australia (28th - 31st in July 1997)
Kenya (65th - 70th in February 2004)
Rwanda (78th - 83rd in August 2008)
Montenegro (112th - 115th in November 2008)
Timor-Leste (197th - 198th in November 2006)

Chad will return to their best ever ranking - 119th, first achieved in October 2008.

Six countries will have their worst ever ranking:

Sweden (32nd - 31st in August 1998)
Denmark (37th - 26th in July 2008)
Colombia (47th - 41st in November 2003)
Norway (59th - 54th in November 2008)
Tahiti (188th - 187th in September 2008)
Somalia (200th - 199th in March 2000)

Two countries have set themselves FIFA ranking targets: Canada (Top 40) and Malaysia (130th). Both are far from those targets, Canada falling 9 places to 81st and Malaysia falling 4 places to 155th.

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

1 Spain 1662 0 5
2 Germany 1381 0 -32
3 Netherlands 1338 1 32
4 Italy 1326 -1 -30
5 Brazil 1246 0 -40
6 Argentina 1180 0 -1
7 Croatia 1142 0 -16
8 England 1115 2 57
9 Russia 1103 -1 24
10 Turkey 1016 3 -16
11 Czech Republic 1007 -2 -55
11 France 1007 1 -28
11 Portugal 1007 -1 -51
14 Cameroon 988 0 -25
15 Ukraine 907 5 24
16 Egypt 894 5 15
17 Paraguay 889 0 -45
18 Israel 878 -3 -126
19 Nigeria 876 3 24
20 Greece 872 -2 -35
21 Romania 858 -2 -34
22 USA 853 2 19
23 Uruguay 828 0 -10
24 Switzerland 823 3 24
25 Ghana 817 1 12
26 Mexico 811 -1 -16
27 Bulgaria 781 -11 -170
28 Australia 776 9 37
29 Côte d'Ivoire 771 -1 -9
30 Serbia 764 0 -11
31 Chile 758 4 5
32 Sweden 750 -3 -26
33 Scotland 739 0 -22
34 Poland 735 -2 -30
35 Japan 731 3 9
36 Ecuador 729 -5 -42
37 Denmark 717 -3 -40
38 Republic of Ireland 711 -2 -40
39 Guinea 702 0 11
40 Honduras 690 6 67
41 Morocco 650 2 4
42 Korea Republic 630 11 41
43 Iran 627 1 -15
44 Slovakia 620 1 -7
45 Mali 616 4 13
46 Tunisia 606 1 -7
47 Colombia 601 -7 -85
48 Hungary 600 8 49
49 Saudi Arabia 598 3 8
50 Senegal 586 1 -7
51 Lithuania 583 -10 -94
52 Northern Ireland 580 -10 -90
53 Costa Rica 578 4 36
54 Belgium 546 1 -25
55 FYR Macedonia 534 -6 -69
56 Finland 533 -8 -78
57 Slovenia 531 1 -10
58 Bolivia 528 13 65
59 Norway 526 -5 -46
60 Wales 523 2 5
61 Bosnia-Herzegovina 517 6 25
62 Burkina Faso 512 -1 -9
62 Gabon 512 -3 -23
64 Algeria 501 -1 -13
65 Kenya 489 20 76
66 Jamaica 487 17 66
67 Venezuela 486 -1 -11
68 Congo 484 1 9
69 Latvia 483 -4 -17
70 Angola 482 -2 6
71 Uganda 470 12 49
72 Peru 466 -2 2
73 Uzbekistan 463 3 14
73 Zambia 463 -2 0
75 South Africa 461 5 19
76 Iraq 459 -1 7
77 Trinidad and Tobago 455 1 12
78 Rwanda 450 9 44
79 Cuba 439 -6 -21
80 Bahrain 430 -6 -23
81 Albania 423 5 13
81 Libya 423 7 18
83 Iceland 421 -1 -2
84 New Zealand 419 -24 -113
84 Togo 419 7 23
86 Belarus 417 -22 -90
87 Gambia 413 3 13
87 Qatar 413 -9 -30
89 Panama 411 0 7
90 Canada 409 -9 -25
91 Congo DR 401 3 13
92 Austria 388 0 -3
93 Sudan 385 8 25
94 Cyprus 377 13 40
95 Mozambique 375 -3 -16
96 Oman 374 -1 -11
97 Moldova 373 -21 -76
97 Zimbabwe 373 0 -2
99 Tanzania 371 6 30
100 China PR 367 -2 -4
101 Benin 362 -6 -23
102 Haiti 357 3 16
103 Ethiopia 349 -1 1
104 Malawi 343 -1 -3
105 Syria 339 -1 -5
106 Fiji 333 31 133
107 Cape Verde Islands 331 4 28
108 Guatemala 328 0 7
109 Georgia 327 -10 -36
110 United Arab Emirates 317 3 18
111 El Salvador 314 -2 8
112 Montenegro 310 3 25
113 Armenia 303 -3 -1
113 Korea DPR 303 -1 2
115 Namibia 287 -1 -3
116 Sierra Leone 286 8 33
117 Botswana 282 2 3
118 Grenada 269 21 70
119 Chad 260 4 0
119 Estonia 260 12 25
121 Luxembourg 259 6 14
122 Barbados 258 -22 -103
122 Equatorial Guinea 258 -2 -18
124 Bermuda 250 2 -1
124 Jordan 250 -6 -32
126 Thailand 246 -10 -37
127 Antigua and Barbuda 238 6 22
127 Kuwait 238 1 -5
129 Suriname 231 0 -8
130 New Caledonia 229 -9 -46
131 Guyana 226 -15 -57
132 Singapore 224 4 17
133 St. Vincent and the Grenadines 221 -11 -45
134 Burundi 211 -4 -26
135 Azerbaijan 209 -1 1
136 Madagascar 207 -2 -1
137 Kazakhstan 199 -12 -53
138 Swaziland 190 2 9
139 Liberia 179 3 0
140 Indonesia 177 -8 -44
141 Vanuatu 176 2 1
142 Puerto Rico 175 -1 -5
143 Niger 168 4 10
144 India 165 0 -9
145 Tajikistan 162 1 -1
145 Yemen 162 0 -7
147 Malta 151 3 -2
148 Turkmenistan 150 0 -6
149 Liechtenstein 147 3 2
150 Lebanon 146 -1 -8
151 Hong Kong 138 5 14
152 Netherlands Antilles 128 3 0
152 St. Kitts and Nevis 128 11 23
154 Maldives 126 -1 -7
155 Malaysia 120 -4 -32
156 Vietnam 118 3 3
157 Myanmar 117 1 1
158 Mauritania 112 2 0
159 Eritrea 109 -22 -91
160 Philippines 107 -3 -11
161 Lesotho 106 0 -3
162 Kyrgyzstan 101 -8 -28
163 Solomon Islands 100 2 0
163 Sri Lanka 100 3 9
165 Pakistan 92 3 2
166 Seychelles 91 0 0
167 Chinese Taipei 85 3 3
168 Turks and Caicos Islands 83 1 0
169 Laos 80 -7 -28
170 Bahamas 74 1 -7
170 Mauritius 74 3 0
172 Cayman Islands 73 -8 -28
173 Belize 71 3 0
173 Nepal 71 4 4
175 Bangladesh 70 6 16
176 Samoa 64 4 0
176 St. Lucia 64 -4 -11
178 Cambodia 56 -4 -16
179 Palestine 53 4 6
180 British Virgin Islands 49 -3 -18
181 Afghanistan 45 2 -2
181 Brunei Darussalam 45 1 -7
181 Nicaragua 45 4 0
184 Faroe Islands 42 2 5
185 Dominican Republic 40 -6 -26
186 Guinea-Bissau 39 -12 -33
187 Bhutan 33 0 1
188 Djibouti 32 -1 0
188 Tahiti 32 -1 0
188 Tonga 32 -1 0
191 Dominica 25 0 0
192 Mongolia 24 0 0
193 Aruba 22 0 0
194 Andorra 20 0 1
195 US Virgin Islands 17 0 0
196 Macau 10 1 0
197 Timor-Leste 9 1 0
198 Comoros 8 -2 -5
199 Central African Republic 6 1 0
200 Somalia 5 -1 -3
201 American Samoa 0 0 0
201 Anguilla 0 0 0
201 Cook Islands 0 0 0
201 Guam 0 0 0
201 Montserrat 0 0 0
201 Papua New Guinea 0 0 0
201 San Marino 0 0 0

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