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Monday, February 2, 2009

FIFA Ranking: February 2009 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.

Included matches: up to and including February 1st, 2009. Matches left to play: 3 friendlies (Japan - Finland, Bahrain - Korea Republic, Saudi Arabia - Thailand). FIFA might include two other friendlies: El Salvador - Peru and Lithuania - Poland.

This could be the final preview for February.

The African nations see now the disadvantage of having their continental championships every two years, as results from CAN 2006 and CAN 2008 are devalued. The top point losers are Egypt (-232), Guinea (-102), Ghana (-100), Cameroon (-89), Côte d'Ivoire (-74) and Nigeria (-64).

Nicaragua (+176), Panama (+169) and Costa Rica (+87) are reaping the benefits of good runs at the UNCAF Nations Cup 2009.

Best movers:

Nicaragua (50), Panama (33), Benin (18), Bermuda (15), Bahrain (14).

Worst movers:

-16 - Egypt, Zambia, Cuba
-14 - Kenya, Turks and Caicos Islands
-12 - Haiti
-10 - Ghana, St. Vincent and the Grenadines
-9 - Angola, Armenia, Kuwait

Five countries will improve their best ever ranking:

Australia (27th - 28th in December 2008)
Panama (50th - 52nd in June 2007)
Gambia (74th - 75th in January 2009)
Montenegro (111th - 112th in December 2008)
Nicaragua (132nd - 150th in August 1993)

Congo DR will return to their worst ever ranking - 94th, first achieved in September 2008.

Five countries will have their worst ever ranking:

Colombia (51st - 49th in December 2008)
Zambia (92nd - 80th in May 2004)
United Arab Emirates (115th - 114th in January 2009)
Malta (154th - 150th in November 2008)
Dominica (196th - 192nd in January 2009)

Iran might move to 3rd in AFC if Korea Republic do not win against Bahrain.
Egypt drop to 2nd in CAF, overtaken by Nigeria.
Panama enter the CONCACAF top 5.

Best movers in the top 50:

33 - Panama
9 - Costa Rica
8 - Republic of Ireland
6 - Sweden
4 - Romania and Hungary

Worst movers in the top 50:

-16 - Egypt
-10 - Ghana
-8 - Côte d'Ivoire, Guinea and Tunisia
-6 - Nigeria
-5 - Senegal

February 2009 current rank - Team - February 2009 current points - +/- Ranking - +/- Points

1 Spain 1693 0 30
2 Germany 1403 0 14
3 Netherlands 1357 0 19
4 Italy 1318 0 -8
5 Brazil 1248 0 2
6 Argentina 1181 0 1
7 Croatia 1175 0 33
8 England 1136 0 21
9 Russia 1119 0 16
10 Turkey 1040 0 24
11 France 1026 0 19
12 Czech Republic 1020 -1 13
12 Portugal 1020 -1 13
14 Ukraine 936 2 27
15 Paraguay 922 3 33
16 Cameroon 900 -2 -89
17 Romania 880 4 22
18 Israel 878 1 1
19 Greece 864 1 -8
20 USA 858 2 5
21 Switzerland 856 3 32
22 Uruguay 849 1 21
23 Nigeria 827 -6 -64
24 Mexico 791 2 -20
25 Sweden 780 6 32
26 Bulgaria 773 2 -9
27 Australia 760 2 -17
28 Poland 754 3 6
29 Republic of Ireland 747 8 36
30 Chile 743 0 -14
31 Egypt 742 -16 -232
32 Scotland 739 1 0
33 Serbia 737 2 6
34 Denmark 725 2 9
35 Côte d'Ivoire 713 -8 -72
35 Ghana 713 -10 -100
37 Japan 694 -3 -40
38 Costa Rica 693 9 87
38 Honduras 693 2 4
40 Ecuador 692 -1 -5
41 Morocco 654 0 14
42 Slovakia 636 2 15
43 Hungary 630 4 24
44 Iran 623 2 10
45 Korea Republic 618 -3 -10
46 Guinea 608 -8 -102
47 Mali 603 -4 -23
48 Lithuania 595 2 12
49 Northern Ireland 593 3 13
50 Panama 586 33 169
51 Colombia 584 -2 -13
52 Slovenia 570 5 38
53 Tunisia 568 -8 -47
54 Belgium 567 0 19
55 Senegal 565 -5 -18
56 Saudi Arabia 558 -3 -1
57 Norway 550 2 24
58 Finland 545 -3 10
59 Bolivia 537 -1 9
60 Bosnia-Herzegovina 535 1 18
60 FYR Macedonia 535 -4 2
62 Burkina Faso 520 0 8
63 Gabon 514 -1 2
64 Jamaica 508 2 14
65 Wales 501 -5 -21
66 Algeria 497 -2 -4
67 Latvia 493 3 9
68 Venezuela 490 -3 -6
69 Congo 486 1 2
69 South Africa 486 5 28
71 Peru 479 1 17
72 Uganda 477 -4 -12
73 Uzbekistan 476 -4 -9
74 Gambia 465 1 19
75 Bahrain 461 14 54
76 Angola 454 -9 -38
77 Iceland 444 3 23
78 Trinidad and Tobago 440 -5 -21
79 Albania 435 -1 11
80 Libya 432 -2 8
81 Benin 422 18 60
82 New Zealand 419 0 0
83 Austria 414 9 26
84 Sudan 412 9 29
85 Rwanda 407 6 16
86 Iraq 406 -1 -6
87 Canada 398 -1 -12
87 Togo 398 3 -7
89 Belarus 394 -8 -26
89 Oman 394 5 18
91 Qatar 388 -5 -22
92 Zambia 381 -16 -49
93 Cuba 380 -16 -45
94 Congo DR 374 -8 -36
95 Mozambique 372 3 0
96 Cyprus 368 -2 -8
96 Syria 368 9 32
98 Kenya 367 -14 -46
99 Moldova 364 -2 -9
100 Zimbabwe 350 -4 -24
101 Ethiopia 348 1 0
102 Malawi 342 1 0
103 Tanzania 341 -2 -11
104 China PR 339 0 -1
105 Fiji 333 1 0
106 Cape Verde Islands 332 1 0
107 Georgia 328 1 0
108 El Salvador 323 2 8
109 Guatemala 315 0 -10
109 Sierra Leone 315 1 0
111 Montenegro 310 2 0
112 Haiti 302 -12 -55
113 Grenada 298 10 45
114 Namibia 297 1 1
115 United Arab Emirates 296 -1 -8
116 Bermuda 291 15 62
116 Thailand 291 8 39
118 Botswana 283 -1 0
119 Korea DPR 280 -3 -7
120 Luxembourg 279 1 20
121 Armenia 278 -9 -35
122 Antigua and Barbuda 265 5 23
122 Estonia 265 -4 5
124 Equatorial Guinea 255 -2 -2
125 Chad 249 -7 -11
126 Jordan 247 0 3
127 Kuwait 246 -9 -14
128 Barbados 243 -3 -5
129 Suriname 231 0 0
130 New Caledonia 229 1 0
131 Singapore 225 4 18
132 Nicaragua 221 50 176
133 Guyana 218 -4 -13
134 Burundi 217 -6 -19
135 Vietnam 216 3 34
136 Azerbaijan 213 -2 4
137 Indonesia 210 7 43
138 Swaziland 209 -1 19
139 Kazakhstan 207 -6 -3
139 Madagascar 207 -4 0
141 Liberia 179 -2 0
142 Vanuatu 176 -2 0
143 Hong Kong 174 9 35
144 Puerto Rico 170 -3 -3
145 Niger 168 -3 0
146 Tajikistan 162 0 0
147 India 161 -5 -7
147 Yemen 161 6 30
149 Lebanon 150 -4 -13
150 Mauritania 149 -1 0
151 Liechtenstein 147 0 0
152 Netherlands Antilles 142 2 14
153 St. Kitts and Nevis 139 1 11
154 Malta 134 -6 -17
155 Turkmenistan 131 -6 -18
156 Maldives 126 1 0
157 St. Vincent and the Grenadines 123 -10 -30
158 Myanmar 121 -2 -6
159 Kyrgyzstan 112 0 0
160 Eritrea 108 0 0
161 Lesotho 103 0 -3
161 Malaysia 103 -3 -11
163 Solomon Islands 100 0 0
164 Philippines 98 -2 -4
164 Sri Lanka 98 0 0
166 Pakistan 89 -1 0
167 Chinese Taipei 85 -1 0
168 Cayman Islands 76 3 3
169 Bahamas 74 0 0
169 Mauritius 74 0 0
171 Laos 73 -3 -7
172 Seychelles 72 0 0
173 Nepal 70 1 0
174 Bangladesh 68 1 0
175 Samoa 64 1 0
175 St. Lucia 64 1 0
177 Belize 62 -4 -9
178 Somalia 57 0 0
179 Cambodia 56 0 0
179 Palestine 56 1 4
181 Turks and Caicos Islands 51 -14 -32
182 British Virgin Islands 50 -1 0
183 Brunei Darussalam 45 -1 0
184 Afghanistan 44 0 0
185 Faroe Islands 42 0 0
186 Djibouti 41 0 0
187 Dominican Republic 40 0 0
188 Guinea-Bissau 38 0 0
189 Bhutan 33 0 0
190 Tahiti 32 0 0
190 Tonga 32 0 0
192 Mongolia 24 1 0
193 Aruba 22 1 0
194 US Virgin Islands 17 2 0
195 Andorra 14 0 -6
196 Dominica 12 -4 -13
197 Macau 10 0 0
198 Timor-Leste 9 0 0
199 Comoros 8 0 0
200 Central African Republic 6 0 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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