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Friday, January 9, 2009

FIFA Ranking: January 2009 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 January 8th. This is the official deadline for matches, but FIFA may include more matches but not later than Sunday, January 11th.

No changes in the top 10.
Two countries moving up in the top 20: Egypt (up 1 place to 15th) and Nigeria (up 2 places to 19th).

Best movers: Somalia (22), Vietnam (17) and Gambia (13).

Worst movers: Kenya moving down 18 places, St. Vincent and the Grenadines (14) and Rwanda (13).

Best movers in the top 50

6 - Costa Rica
2 - Côte d'Ivoire, Guinea, Mali, Nigeria and Poland

Worst movers in the top 50

-5 - Saudi Arabia and Serbia
-3 - Ecuador
-2 - Iran

Three countries will improve their best ever ranking:

Egypt (15th - 16th in December 2008)
Gambia (75th - 83rd in April 2008)
Chad (118th - 119th in June 1997)

Uganda will return to their best ever ranking - 66th - first achieved in April 1995.

Three countries will have their worst ever ranking:

Tahiti (190th - 188th in December 2008)
Dominica (192nd - 191st in April 2008)
Andorra (195th - 194th in November 2008)

Three countries will return to their worst ever ranking:

United Arab Emirates (113th - November 2008)
Macau (197th - August 2008)
Central African Republic( 200th - November 2008)

January 2009 rank - Team - January 2009 points - +/- Ranking - +/- Points

1 Spain 1663 0 0
2 Germany 1389 0 8
3 Netherlands 1338 0 0
4 Italy 1326 0 0
5 Brazil 1246 0 0
6 Argentina 1180 0 0
7 Croatia 1142 0 0
8 England 1115 0 0
9 Russia 1103 0 0
10 Turkey 1016 0 0
11 Czech Republic 1007 0 0
11 France 1007 0 0
11 Portugal 1007 0 0
14 Cameroon 989 0 0
15 Egypt 971 1 77
16 Ukraine 909 -1 0
17 Nigeria 891 2 15
18 Paraguay 889 -1 0
19 Israel 877 -1 0
20 Greece 872 0 0
21 Romania 858 0 0
22 USA 853 0 0
23 Uruguay 828 0 0
24 Switzerland 824 0 0
25 Ghana 813 0 -2
26 Mexico 811 0 0
27 Côte d'Ivoire 785 2 14
28 Bulgaria 782 -1 0
29 Australia 777 -1 0
30 Chile 757 1 0
31 Sweden 749 1 1
32 Poland 748 2 13
33 Scotland 739 0 0
34 Japan 734 1 0
35 Serbia 731 -5 -30
36 Denmark 716 1 0
37 Guinea 711 2 10
37 Republic of Ireland 711 1 0
39 Ecuador 697 -3 -32
40 Honduras 689 0 0
41 Morocco 641 0 -8
42 Korea Republic 629 0 -2
43 Mali 627 2 12
44 Slovakia 621 0 0
45 Iran 615 -2 -11
45 Tunisia 615 1 10
47 Costa Rica 607 6 29
47 Hungary 607 0 4
49 Colombia 597 0 0
50 Lithuania 583 1 0
50 Senegal 583 0 -4
52 Northern Ireland 580 0 0
53 Saudi Arabia 562 -5 -38
54 Belgium 548 0 0
55 Finland 535 0 0
56 FYR Macedonia 533 0 0
57 Slovenia 532 0 0
58 Bolivia 528 0 0
59 Norway 526 0 0
60 Wales 522 0 0
61 Bosnia-Herzegovina 517 0 0
62 Burkina Faso 512 0 0
62 Gabon 512 0 0
64 Algeria 501 0 0
65 Venezuela 497 0 10
66 Jamaica 496 -1 9
66 Uganda 496 5 28
68 Angola 491 2 9
69 Uzbekistan 485 3 22
70 Congo 484 -2 0
71 Latvia 483 -4 -2
72 Peru 462 3 0
72 Trinidad and Tobago 462 5 3
74 South Africa 457 2 -4
75 Gambia 446 13 33
76 Zambia 431 -4 -32
77 Cuba 425 2 -14
78 Albania 424 3 0
78 Libya 424 4 1
80 Iceland 421 3 0
81 Belarus 420 3 0
81 Iraq 420 -9 -43
83 New Zealand 419 3 0
84 Bahrain 418 -4 -10
84 Panama 418 4 5
86 Kenya 413 -18 -71
86 Qatar 413 -2 -7
88 Canada 410 2 0
88 Congo DR 410 3 9
90 Togo 406 -4 -13
91 Rwanda 391 -13 -59
92 Austria 388 0 0
93 Sudan 382 0 -3
94 Cyprus 376 0 0
95 Moldova 373 2 0
96 Mozambique 372 -1 -3
97 Zimbabwe 371 0 -2
98 Tanzania 366 1 -6
99 Oman 365 -3 -9
100 Benin 362 1 0
101 Haiti 357 1 0
102 China PR 349 -2 -19
103 Ethiopia 348 0 0
104 Malawi 342 0 0
105 Syria 336 0 -1
106 Fiji 333 0 0
107 Cape Verde Islands 332 0 0
108 Georgia 328 0 0
109 Guatemala 325 0 -2
110 El Salvador 315 1 0
110 Sierra Leone 315 6 29
112 Armenia 313 1 10
113 United Arab Emirates 311 -3 -9
114 Montenegro 310 -2 0
115 Namibia 296 0 9
116 Korea DPR 285 -3 -18
117 Botswana 283 0 0
118 Chad 260 1 0
118 Estonia 260 1 0
118 Kuwait 260 9 18
121 Luxembourg 259 0 0
122 Equatorial Guinea 257 1 0
123 Grenada 253 -5 -16
124 Thailand 250 2 2
125 Barbados 248 -3 -10
126 Jordan 244 -2 -6
127 Antigua and Barbuda 239 1 1
128 Guyana 231 3 5
128 Suriname 231 1 0
130 Bermuda 230 -6 -20
131 New Caledonia 229 -1 0
132 Burundi 213 4 9
133 Kazakhstan 210 4 11
134 Azerbaijan 209 0 0
135 Madagascar 207 0 0
136 Singapore 205 -4 -14
137 Swaziland 190 1 0
138 Vietnam 182 17 60
139 Liberia 179 0 0
140 Vanuatu 176 1 0
141 Puerto Rico 173 1 0
142 India 168 1 0
142 Niger 168 1 0
144 Indonesia 165 -5 -14
145 Lebanon 162 5 16
145 Tajikistan 162 1 0
147 St. Vincent and the Grenadines 153 -14 -63
148 Malta 151 -1 0
149 Mauritania 149 9 37
149 Turkmenistan 149 -1 0
151 Liechtenstein 147 -2 0
152 Hong Kong 139 -1 0
153 Yemen 131 -8 -36
154 Netherlands Antilles 128 -2 0
154 St. Kitts and Nevis 128 -2 0
156 Myanmar 127 0 7
157 Maldives 125 -3 -2
158 Kyrgyzstan 112 0 0
159 Malaysia 109 -3 -11
160 Eritrea 108 2 5
161 Lesotho 106 0 0
162 Philippines 103 -2 -5
163 Solomon Islands 100 0 0
164 Sri Lanka 98 -1 -2
165 Seychelles 91 1 0
166 Pakistan 89 -1 -3
167 Chinese Taipei 85 0 0
168 Turks and Caicos Islands 83 0 0
169 Laos 80 0 0
170 Bahamas 74 0 0
170 Mauritius 74 0 0
172 Cayman Islands 73 0 0
173 Belize 71 0 0
174 Nepal 70 0 0
175 Bangladesh 68 -1 -2
176 Samoa 64 0 0
176 St. Lucia 64 0 0
178 Somalia 57 22 52
179 Cambodia 56 -1 0
180 Palestine 52 -1 0
181 British Virgin Islands 50 -1 0
182 Brunei Darussalam 45 -1 0
182 Nicaragua 45 -1 0
184 Afghanistan 44 -1 0
185 Faroe Islands 42 -1 0
186 Djibouti 41 2 9
187 Dominican Republic 40 -2 0
188 Guinea-Bissau 38 -2 0
189 Bhutan 33 -2 0
190 Tahiti 32 -2 0
190 Tonga 32 -2 0
192 Dominica 25 -1 0
193 Mongolia 24 -1 0
194 Aruba 22 -1 0
195 Andorra 20 -1 0
196 US Virgin Islands 17 -1 0
197 Macau 10 -1 0
198 Timor-Leste 9 -1 0
199 Comoros 8 -1 0
200 Central African Republic 6 -1 0
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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