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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

February 2009: FIFA Ranking vs. Elo Ratings

Top 10 differences for countries with a better Elo Rating:

Team - FIFA Ranking - Elo Rating - Difference

Montenegro 111 52 59
Guinea-Bissau 188 139 49
Central African Republic 200 154 46
Solomon Islands 163 119 44
Tahiti 190 149 41
Jordan 126 87 39
Syria 96 61 35
Korea DPR 119 84 35
Papua New Guinea 201 166 35
Palestine 180 146 34


Top 10 differences for countries with a better FIFA Ranking:

Team - FIFA Ranking - Elo Rating - Difference

Luxembourg 120 171 -51
Bermuda 116 155 -39
Nicaragua 132 169 -37
Gambia 73 110 -37
Congo 69 103 -34
Burkina Faso 62 95 -33
Puerto Rico 144 176 -32
Philippines 164 193 -29
Sierra Leone 109 137 -28
Algeria 66 94 -28
Northern Ireland 49 77 -28



Top 50 nations only (in the top 50 in at least one of the rankings)

Top 10 differences for countries with a better Elo Rating:

Team - FIFA Ranking - Elo Rating - Difference

Iran 44 23 21
Venezuela 67 47 20
Colombia 51 34 17
Wales 65 49 16
Denmark 34 19 15
Jamaica 64 50 14
Finland 61 48 13
Norway 56 44 12
Chile 31 21 10
Saudi Arabia 55 45 10

Top 10 differences for countries with a better FIFA Ranking:

Northern Ireland 49 77 -28
Mali 47 71 -24
Israel 18 36 -18
Guinea 45 59 -14
Hungary 43 56 -13
Slovakia 42 55 -13
Panama 50 62 -12
Cameroon 16 28 -12
Ukraine 14 24 -10
Scotland 32 41 -9
Nigeria 23 32 -9


Matches I would have liked to see on February 11th:

Iran - Northern Ireland
Venezuela - Slovenia
Colombia - Hungary
Wales - Macedonia
Denmark - Slovakia
Jamaica - Burkina Faso
Finland - Mali
Norway - Bosnia-Herzegovina
Chile - Israel
Saudi Arabia - Lithuania

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