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Friday, March 6, 2009

FIFA Ranking: March 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.

Updated with Australia - Kuwait 0 - 1. Australia down 6 places, Kuwait up 11.

Portugal return to the top 10.

Best movers:

15 - Equatorial Guinea
12 - Cyprus and Korea DPR
11 - Norway and Kazakhstan

Worst movers:

-11: Slovakia
-9: Grenada
-8: Nicaragua
-7 - Austria

Lebanon will return to their worst ever ranking - 151st, first achieved in October 2008. Same goes for Mongolia, back to 193rd, first achieved in in December 2002.

Four countries will have their worst ever ranking:

Denmark (38th - 37th in December 2008)
Congo DR (95th - 94th in September 2008)
Zimbabwe (102nd - 101st in August 2007)
United Arab Emirates (116th - 114th in January 2009)

Best movers in the top 50

11 - Norway
7 - Northern Ireland and Costa Rica
4- Scotland, Colombia, Belgium

Worst movers in the top 50

-11 - Slovakia
-6 - Australia
-5 - Hungary, Guinea
-4 - Denmark, Lithuania

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

1 Spain 1666 0 -27
2 Germany 1366 0 -37
3 Netherlands 1317 0 -40
4 Italy 1284 0 -34
5 Brazil 1260 0 12
6 Argentina 1219 0 38
7 Croatia 1169 0 -6
8 Russia 1128 1 9
9 England 1083 -1 -53
10 Portugal 1025 2 5
11 Turkey 1010 -1 -30
12 France 1004 -1 -22
13 Czech Republic 998 -1 -22
14 Ukraine 927 0 -5
15 Paraguay 908 0 -15
16 Cameroon 900 0 0
17 USA 896 3 38
18 Israel 887 0 10
19 Greece 863 0 -1
20 Romania 849 -3 -31
21 Uruguay 836 1 -13
22 Switzerland 831 -1 -26
23 Mexico 784 1 -7
24 Nigeria 783 -1 -44
25 Sweden 781 0 1
26 Republic of Ireland 772 3 25
27 Bulgaria 756 -1 -16
28 Scotland 755 4 16
29 Poland 747 -1 -7
30 Chile 739 1 -4
31 Costa Rica 728 7 34
32 Egypt 727 -2 -17
33 Australia 724 -6 -36
34 Ghana 717 1 3
35 Japan 709 2 12
36 Serbia 708 -3 -29
37 Côte d'Ivoire 706 -1 -3
38 Denmark 700 -4 -24
39 Ecuador 695 1 4
40 Honduras 674 -1 -19
41 Morocco 638 0 -18
42 Iran 618 2 -5
42 Northern Ireland 618 7 25
44 Korea Republic 617 2 9
45 Norway 615 11 62
46 Mali 605 1 4
47 Colombia 599 4 15
48 Hungary 595 -5 -34
49 Belgium 591 4 23
50 Guinea 582 -5 -29
51 Panama 578 -1 -8
52 Lithuania 573 -4 -22
53 Slovakia 569 -11 -66
54 Tunisia 560 -1 -8
55 Saudi Arabia 541 0 -14
56 Bolivia 537 1 0
57 Finland 534 4 11
58 Bosnia-Herzegovina 529 1 -6
58 Slovenia 529 -6 -43
60 Senegal 526 0 -8
61 FYR Macedonia 525 -4 -12
62 Congo 507 7 21
63 Gabon 505 0 -9
64 Algeria 501 2 4
65 Venezuela 498 2 6
66 Burkina Faso 495 -4 -25
67 Bahrain 483 7 27
68 Wales 482 -3 -21
69 Uganda 478 2 0
70 Jamaica 476 -6 -32
71 Latvia 471 -4 -21
72 South Africa 469 -2 -16
73 Gambia 465 0 0
74 Uzbekistan 449 -2 -27
75 Trinidad and Tobago 441 3 2
76 Iceland 440 1 -3
77 Peru 431 -1 -21
78 Angola 430 -3 -23
79 New Zealand 424 3 5
80 Albania 420 -1 -15
81 Oman 419 6 19
82 Sudan 412 2 0
83 Iraq 411 2 4
83 Libya 411 -3 -21
85 Rwanda 406 1 0
86 Cyprus 405 12 39
87 Benin 397 -6 -26
88 Belarus 395 2 0
89 Qatar 394 2 6
90 Austria 393 -7 -23
91 Togo 384 -3 -13
92 Zambia 383 0 2
93 Canada 379 -5 -18
94 Mozambique 377 1 5
95 Congo DR 373 -1 0
96 Kenya 367 0 0
97 Syria 366 -1 -1
98 Moldova 362 1 0
99 Cuba 360 -6 -20
100 China PR 354 4 15
101 Ethiopia 348 0 0
102 Zimbabwe 345 -2 -4
103 Tanzania 336 0 -5
104 Fiji 333 1 0
105 Cape Verde Islands 332 1 0
106 El Salvador 328 1 -1
107 Korea DPR 325 12 45
108 Malawi 318 -6 -24
109 Equatorial Guinea 317 15 61
110 Sierra Leone 315 -1 0
111 Georgia 314 -3 -13
112 Montenegro 310 -1 0
113 Guatemala 306 -3 -8
114 Kuwait 298 11 51
115 Namibia 297 -2 0
116 United Arab Emirates 295 -2 -1
117 Haiti 293 -5 -9
118 Bermuda 292 -2 0
118 Thailand 292 -1 7
120 Armenia 285 1 7
121 Botswana 283 -3 0
122 Luxembourg 280 -2 1
123 Grenada 279 -9 -17
124 Antigua and Barbuda 272 -2 7
125 Chad 263 1 17
126 Estonia 259 -4 -6
127 Jordan 257 -1 11
128 Guyana 255 5 37
129 Barbados 244 -1 2
130 Kazakhstan 243 10 37
131 Suriname 231 -2 0
132 New Caledonia 229 -2 0
132 Singapore 229 -1 3
134 Azerbaijan 217 2 4
134 Burundi 217 0 0
136 Vietnam 216 -1 0
137 Indonesia 210 0 0
138 Madagascar 209 1 2
139 Swaziland 208 -1 -1
140 Nicaragua 195 -8 -26
141 Hong Kong 181 2 7
142 Liberia 179 -1 0
143 Vanuatu 176 -1 0
143 Yemen 176 3 13
145 Puerto Rico 170 -1 0
146 Malta 169 8 35
147 Niger 168 -2 0
148 Tajikistan 166 -1 4
149 India 156 -1 -5
150 Mauritania 149 0 0
151 Lebanon 145 -2 -5
152 Liechtenstein 144 -1 -3
153 Netherlands Antilles 142 -1 0
154 St. Kitts and Nevis 139 -1 0
155 Kyrgyzstan 134 4 22
156 Turkmenistan 131 -1 0
157 St. Vincent and the Grenadines 130 -1 0
158 Maldives 126 -1 0
159 Myanmar 121 -1 0
160 Eritrea 108 0 0
161 Malaysia 107 0 3
162 Lesotho 105 0 2
163 Solomon Islands 100 0 0
164 Philippines 98 0 0
164 Sri Lanka 98 0 0
166 Pakistan 87 0 -2
167 Chinese Taipei 81 0 -4
168 Cayman Islands 76 0 0
169 Bahamas 74 0 0
170 Laos 73 1 0
171 Seychelles 72 1 0
172 Nepal 70 1 0
173 Mauritius 69 -4 -5
174 Bangladesh 65 0 -3
174 Palestine 65 6 10
176 Samoa 64 -1 0
176 St. Lucia 64 -1 0
178 Belize 62 -1 0
179 Somalia 57 -1 0
180 Cambodia 56 -1 0
181 Turks and Caicos Islands 51 0 0
182 British Virgin Islands 50 0 0
183 Brunei Darussalam 45 0 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 Aruba 22 1 0
193 Mongolia 19 -1 -5
194 US Virgin Islands 17 0 0
195 Andorra 14 0 0
196 Dominica 12 0 0
197 Macau 10 0 0
198 Timor-Leste 9 0 0
199 Comoros 8 0 0
200 Central African Republic 4 0 -2
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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