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Thursday, August 21, 2008

EURO 2012: Qualifying draw coefficients (21 August 2008)

22 August 2008

I divided the number of points for the 2010 World Cup qualifiers by the number of games each team will play in their group - amirbachar's idea. Thanks!
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The coefficients for the EURO 2012 qualifying draw will take into account results from:

2006 World Cup (qualifiers and final tournament) - 20% of total weighting
EURO 2008 (qualifiers and final tournament) - 40% of total weighting
2010 World Cup (qualifiers) - 40% of total weighting

Click here for more info on the coefficient system.

As mentioned before, I assume UEFA will use a qualifying system with six groups of six teams and three of five teams (Poland and Ukraine - automatically qualified as hosts).

Only one match played in UEFA: Kazakhstan - Andorra 3 - 0.


1 Spain 23503
2 Germany 23472
3 Italy 22017
4 Croatia 21556
5 Netherlands 21445
6 Portugal 20259
7 Czech Republic 20251
8 France 19650
9 Russia 19526
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10 Romania 19464
11 England 19458
12 Turkey 19387
13 Sweden 19335
14 Greece 18684
15 Switzerland 17794
16 Bulgaria 17518
17 Israel 17451
18 Norway 17159
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19 Scotland 16771
20 Serbia 16731
21 Denmark 16601
22 Finland 15627
23 Ireland 15187
24 Slovakia 15187
25 Austria 14800
26 Northern Ireland 14437
27 Belgium 13565
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28 Bosnia-Herzegovina 13464
29 Lithuania 13291
30 Hungary 12607
31 Wales 12534
32 Latvia 12442
33 Belarus 12214
34 Macedonia 12059
35 Slovenia 11921
36 Albania 11659
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37 Cyprus 11231
38 Estonia 10892
39 Georgia 10859
40 Moldova 10774
41 Kazakhstan 10350
42 Armenia 9884
43 Liechtenstein 9201
44 Iceland 9054
45 Azerbaijan 7700
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46 Malta 7637
47 Luxembourg 6292
48 Andorra 6257
49 Faroe Islands 5320
50 San Marino 4703
51 Montenegro 0

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FIFA Ranking: Probable top 50 in September 2008

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.

There are only 13 matches left to play this month (or more - I'm not sure about the Independence Cup taking place in Indonesia), so the top 50 is pretty much set in stone with the exceptions of Iran and Saudi Arabia. Iran could lose another spot with a bad result against Azerbaijan (of course, if they don't cancel that friendly too), while Saudi Arabia could lose up to three places if they don't win against Qatar.

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), Chad (126th - 127th in July 2008), Montenegro (135th - 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).

New Caledonia and Kyrgyzstan will be the best climbers - 21 places, followed by Algeria (14), then Gabon and Guyana - both with 12.

The worst movers will be Solomon Islands, going down 24 places, then Samoa (-22) and Korea DPR (-21).

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 Chile 655 0 -25
39 Australia 655 -1 -30
41 Guinea 650 -1 -20
41 Finland 650 1 -3
43 Tunisia 644 4 15
43 Switzerland 644 1 -1
45 Senegal 625 -2 -24
46 Iran 624 -1 -19
47 Mali 610 1 -14
48 Moldova 575 1 -47
49 Saudi Arabia 569 3 -6
50 Hungary 562 0 -29


I will post an update on September 1st - to include the remaining matches.

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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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Friday, August 15, 2008

Schimbari de ultim moment in ligile a II-a si a III-a

20 August 2008

Delegarile anuntate de CCA confirma modificarile aparute de site-ul FRF.
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18 August 2008

Rezultatele publicate de GSP infirma modificarile aparute pe site-ul FRF.
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Daca aruncati o privire pe programul ligilor a doua si a treia, veti observa urmatoarele schimbari.

Liga a II-a, Seria I

Dunarea Galati ia locul echipei FCM Campina

Liga a III-a

Seria I

Juventus Falticeni si FC Moinesti s-au retras.
In locul lor au aparut Otelul II Galati (din seria a II-a) si Raraul Campulung Moldovenesc (retrogradata).

Seria a II-a

Dunarea Galati a urcat in Liga a II-a, Otelul II Galati a fost mutata in seria I.
Apar FCM Campina (din Liga a II-a) si Farul II Constanta (retrogradata).

Seria a III-a

Adunatii Copaceni mutata in seria a IV-a si inlocuita de Electrosid Titu (seria a IV-a).

Seria a IV-a

Electrosid Titu mutata in seria a III-a si inlocuita de Adunatii Copaceni (seria a III-a).

Seria a VI-a

Mobila Sovata si Olimpia Satu Mare s-au retras. In locul lor au aparut CS Marmatia Sighetu Marmatiei si FC Bihor II Oradea (ambele retrogradate).

Noua componenta a seriilor ligii a III-a pentru sezonul 2008-2009:

Seria I
Echipe din judeţele: Suceava 2, Botoşani 1, Neamţ 3, Iaşi 2, Vaslui 1, Bacău 4, Vrancea 2, Buzău 2, Galaţi 1

CSM RARĂUL Câmpulung Moldovenesc (SV)
CS Rapid Suceava (SV)
CS Luceafărul Mihai Eminescu ( BT)
CS Cetatea Târgu Neamţ (NT)
SC FC Ceahlăul Piatra Neamţ SA 2 (NT)
FC Laminorul Roman (NT)
SC FC Politehnica Iaşi SA 2 (IS)
FC CFR Paşcani (IS)
FC Bârlad (VS)
CS Aerostar Bacău (BC)
FC Willy Bacău (BC)
FCM Bacău 2 (BC)
CS Pambac Bacău (BC)
CSM Focşani (VN)
CS Panciu (VN)
CSM Râmnicu Sărat (BZ)
CS FC Petrolul ZF 1948 Berca (BZ)
SC FC Oţelul Galaţi SA 2 (GL)

Seria a II-a
Echipe din judeţele: Galaţi 1, Brăila 2, Tulcea 1, Constanţa 7, Ialomiţa 1, Călăraşi 1, Municipiul Bucureşti 4, Prahova 1

CS Politehnica Galaţi (GL)
CF Brăila (BR)
CS Viitorul Însurăţei (BR)
CS Săgeata Stejaru (TL)
CS Ovidiu (CT)
CSM Medgidia (CT)
CS Portul Constanţa (CT)
CS Năvodari (CT)
FC Callatis Mangalia (CT)
CS FC FARUL Constanţa II (CT)
CS Eforie (CT)
CS Unirea Slobozia (IL)
SC FC Dunărea Călăraşi SA (CL)
FC Rocar ANEFS Bucureşti (B)
SC FC Rapid SA Bucureşti 2 (B)
CS Inter Gaz Bucureşti (B)
SC FC Steaua SA Bucureşti 2(B)
FC MUNICIPAL Câmpina (PH)

Seria a III-a
Echipe din judeţele: Braşov 5, Prahova 6, Dâmboviţa 1, Teleorman 1, Ilfov 3, Bucureşti 2

CS Unirea Tărlungeni (BV)
CF Predeal (BV)
SC FC Săcele SA (BV)
CS Victoria Bod (BV)
CS Royal Braşov (BV)
CS Tricolorul Breaza (PH)
CS Conpet Ploieşti (PH)
CS Chimia Brazi (PH)
SC FC Petrolul Ploieşti SA 2 (PH)
CS Filipeştii de Pădure (PH)
CS Kaproni Gornet (PH)
CS Electrosid Titu (DB)
CS Petrolul Videle (TR)
CS Victoria Brăneşti (IF)
ACS Berceni (IF)
CS Inter Clinceni (IF)
CS Juventus Bucureşti (B)
SC FC Progresul Bucureşti SA 2 (B)

Seria a IV-a
Echipe din judele: Gorj 4, Vâlcea 1, Argeş 2, Giurgiu 1, Dâmboviţa 1, Dolj 5, Olt 4

CS Minerul Motru (GJ)
CS Minerul Mătăsari (GJ)
CS Energia Rovinari (GJ)
CS Jiul Rovinari (GJ)
FC Oltchim Râmnicu Vâlcea (VL)
CS Muscelul Câmpulung Muscel (AG)
SC FC 2005 Piteşti SA 2 (AG)
CS Adunaţii Copăceni (GR)
CS Viitorul Pucioasa (DB)
CS CFR Craiova (DJ)
CS Gaz Metan CFR Craiova (DJ)
CS Petrom Chimia Craiova (DJ)
CS Armata Craiova (DJ)
CS Prometeu Craiova (DJ)
CS Alro Slatina (OT)
FC Progresul Corabia (OT)
FC Balş (OT)
FC Caracal (OT)

Seria a V-a
Echipe din judeţele: Mehedinţi 2, Caraş Severin 1, Hunedoara 4, Timiş 8, Arad 3

FC Building Vânju Mare (MH)
CS Minerul Mehedinţi (MH)
CSM Reşiţa (CS)
CS CFR Marmosim Simeria (HD)
CS Vulcan (HD)
FC Corvinul 2005 Hunedoara (HD)
CS Dacia Orăştie (HD)
AS CS Unirea 2000 Sânnicolau Mare (TM)
CS FC Viitorul Sînandrei (TM)
CS Fortuna Covaci (TM)
CS Alto Gradimento Albina (TM)
CS Calor Timişoara (TM)
CS Nova Mama Mia Becicherecul Mic (TM)
SC FC Timişoara SA 2 (TM)
CS Progresul Gătaia (TM)
CS Gloria CTP Arad (AR)
CS Ineu (AR)
CS Naţional Sebiş (AR)

Seria a VI-a
Echipe din judeţele: Alba 1, Sibiu 1, Cluj 4, Mureş 3, Bistriţa Năsăud 1, Sălaj 2, Maramureş 2, Bihor 3, Braşov 1

CSM Sebeş (AB)
FC Cisnădie (SB)
CS SESO Iara (CJ)
FC Unirea Dej (CJ)
CS Sănătatea Servicii Publice Cluj (CJ)
SCS FC CFR 1907 Cluj SA 2 (CJ)
CS Avântul Reghin (MS)
CS Gaz Metan Târgu Mureş (MS)
FC ASA Unirea Ungheni (MS)
CF Gloria 1922 Bistriţa 2 (BN)
CF Zalău (SJ)
SC FC Silvania SA (SJ)
SC FC Baia Mare (MM)
CS MARMAŢIA 96 Sighetul Marmaţiei (MM)
CS Bihorul Beiuş (BH)
FC Liberty Oradea 2 (BH)
CS FC BIHOR Oradea II (BH)
AS CS ENA Inter Făgăraş (BV)

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Christian, husband, father x 3, programmer (with CodeSoftware.Net since 2013) and Covenant Eyes user. You can find me on Twitter (@FootballRanks) and/or LinkedIn. More info in the Contact / Questions page.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Programul ligii a treia 2008-2009

FRF a dat publicitatii programul pentru Liga a III-a sezonul 2009-2009:

Seria I
Seria a II-a
Seria a III-a
Seria a IV-a
Seria a V-a
Seria a VI-a

About me:

Christian, husband, father x 3, programmer (with CodeSoftware.Net since 2013) and Covenant Eyes user. You can find me on Twitter (@FootballRanks) and/or LinkedIn. More info in the Contact / Questions page.

FIFA Ranking: September 2008 preview

A lot of friendlies will be played this month and a couple of World Cup and continental qualifiers.

Here's a preview of the September 2008 FIFA rankings (only the top 50). No matter what happens, Spain will remain on top, while Italy will return on the second step of the podium. Netherlands could go third with a win against Russia.

Looking at the rivalries, Mexico will overtake the USA with a home win against Honduras, while Scotland will overtake England for the second time in the history of the rankings if they get a better result against Northern Ireland than England against the Czech Republic. England will be safe with a win, no matter what Scotland does.

Argentina will overtake Brazil with a win against Belarus.

Spain, Cameroon and Japan are safe as top teams of their confederations.

New Caledonia will replace New Zealand at the top of the OFC.

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.

"Current" = as of today (August 8th). I've included in the calculations matches played up to and including August 7th. Basically, these would be the point totals if no matches would be played until the rankings are published on September 3rd.

Current rank - Country - Current points - Minimum points - Maximum points

1 Spain 1603 1543 1572
2 Italy 1380 1332 1353
3 Germany 1341 1302 1329
4 Netherlands 1338 1293 1329
5 Croatia 1288 1242 1266
6 Argentina 1265 1217 1256
7 Brazil 1252 1252 1252
8 Czech Republic 1170 1120 1162
9 Portugal 1148 1109 1120
10 Russia 1042 1000 1039
11 Turkey 1039 1005 1033
12 Scotland 1027 956 1019
13 England 1016 973 1025
14 Romania 1012 976 1007
15 France 1006 985 1019
16 Cameroon 1001 1001 1001
17 Bulgaria 1000 928 976
18 Israel 944 877 936
19 Greece 925 891 920
20 Ghana 893 893 893
21 Egypt 866 841 852
22 Paraguay 824 792 821
23 Colombia 814 786 816
24 Côte d'Ivoire 813 792 813
25 Uruguay 808 776 817
26 Poland 799 779 811
27 Sweden 793 772 807
28 Nigeria 791 791 791
29 Northern Ireland 775 738 807
29 Ukraine 775 754 801
31 USA 758 735 788
32 Norway 757 715 768
33 Mexico 746 727 807
34 Serbia 743 743 743
35 Denmark 725 692 747
36 Japan 722 701 730
37 Chile 681 655 695
38 Australia 677 645 675
39 Guinea 675 650 682
39 Morocco 675 655 671
41 Republic of Ireland 674 643 700
42 Tunisia 655 636 659
43 Senegal 641 618 639
44 Mali 639 639 639
45 Switzerland 632 612 644
46 Moldova 629 575 622
47 Iran 627 603 633
48 Finland 626 601 650
49 Hungary 587 557 572
50 Wales 581 549 580

I'll try to post an update after August 20th.

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Wednesday, August 6, 2008

2010 WC: Seeding formula (August 2008 update)

Seeded teams for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa.

Qualified teams determined using the current standings and the FIFA rankings.

No new teams this month.

England seeded, France unseeded (same total, but England's performance part is higher). I'm not sure how FIFA would go about this though...

Rank - Country - Total - Performance - Ranking

1 Germany 60.3 30.3 30.0
2 Brazil 57.7 29.3 28.3
3 Italy 57.3 27.3 30.0
4 Spain 56.3 25.3 31.0
5 Argentina 49.0 21.0 28.0
6 Portugal 46.7 22.3 24.3
7 England 46.0 26.3 19.7
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8 France 46.0 23.3 22.7
9 Netherlands 42.0 14.7 27.3
10 Croatia 35.3 9.0 26.3
11 Mexico 31.7 19.3 12.3
12 Czech Republic 31.7 6.0 25.7
13 Turkey 29.3 10.0 19.3
14 Ghana 26.0 13.3 12.7
15 USA 25.7 13.7 12.0
16 Paraguay 25.7 11.7 14.0
17 Russia 22.7 3.0 19.7
18 Japan 22.3 13.3 9.0
19 Romania 21.3 0.0 21.3
20 Korea Republic 20.0 15.7 4.3
21 Cameroon 19.0 3.0 16.0
22 Greece 18.7 0.0 18.7
23 Australia 17.3 11.3 6.0
24 Cote d'Ivoire 17.3 6.0 11.3
25 Nigeria 15.0 2.7 12.3
26 Colombia 14.3 0.0 14.3
27 Egypt 13.0 0.0 13.0
28 Saudi Arabia 11.3 8.0 3.3
29 Iran 11.3 5.3 6.0
30 Chile 5.7 0.0 5.7
31 South Africa 4.0 3.0 1.0
32 Honduras 2.3 0.0 2.3


Top 7 + South Africa seeded.

The pots:

Pot A: Argentina, Brazil, England, Germany, Italy, Portugal, South Africa, Spain
Pot B: Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Greece, Netherlands, Romania, Russia, Turkey
Pot C: Australia, Honduras, Iran, Japan, Korea Republic, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, USA
Pot D: Cameroon, Chile, Colombia, Cote d'Ivoire, Egypt, Ghana, Nigeria, Paraguay

Possible draw:

Group A: South Africa, Netherlands, Japan, Colombia
Group B: Portugal, Czech Republic, Korea Republic, Paraguay
Group C: England, Turkey, Mexico, Chile
Group D: Germany, Russia, Honduras, Ghana
Group E: Argentina, Croatia, Saudi Arabia, Cameroon
Group F: Italy, Romania, USA, Cote d'Ivoire
Group G: Brazil, Greece, Iran, Egypt
Group H: Spain, France, Australia, Nigeria

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Friday, August 1, 2008

FIFA Ranking: August 2008 trivia

Yesterday was Thursday, the deadline for matches to be included in the August 2008 FIFA Ranking calculations. FIFA may include more matches though - but no later than Sunday.

See my earlier post for the top 50 of the August 2008 FIFA World Rankings.

Mexico will have their worst ranking (32nd) since the FIFA Rankings were introduced. Their previous low point was 26th in June 2004.

Same goes for Jamaica (108th - 105th in May 2008), Faroe Islands (196th - 195th in Nov 2007), Macau (197th - 196th in Jul 2008), Central African Republic (199th - 198th in Apr 2008), Papua New Guinea (200th - 199th in Jun 2008).

San Marino match their worst ranking - 200th (first achieved in May 2008).

Belarus will reach their best ranking (56th), improving their 57th position achieved in June 2008. Rwanda (82nd - 87th first achieved in Jul 1999) and Suriname (85th - 87th first achieved in Apr 2001) also improve their best ranking record.

Israel return to their best ever position - 20th (first achieved in April 2008).

France (12th, down 2) leaves the top 10 and is replaced by Russia (10th, up 1).

Honduras (60th, down 12) and Saudi Arabia (52nd, down 3) should leave the top 50 and will be replaced by Hungary (50th, up 2) and Mali (48th, up 3).

New Caledonia, up 11 places from 126th to 115th will be the this month's best mover, followed by Trinidad and Tobago (92nd, up 10) and Qatar (72nd, up 8).

Crashing down the rankings (i.e. losing at least 10 places) are: Vietnam (165th, down 41), Panama (93rd, down 24), Iraq (76th, down 18), China (101st, down 18), Indonesia (149, down 17), Jamaica (108th, down 14), Mexico (32nd, down 13), Honduras (60th, down 12) and Swaziland (133rd, down 10).

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