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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

May 2009: FIFA Ranking vs. Elo Ratings

Top 10 differences for countries with a better Elo Rating:

Team - FIFA Ranking - Elo Rating - Difference

Montenegro 117 55 62
Guinea-Bissau 186 139 47
Central African Republic 201 154 47
Solomon Islands 164 120 44
Jordan 127 87 40
Tahiti 189 149 40
Papua New Guinea 202 165 37
Syria 99 64 35
Turkmenistan 153 121 32
Korea DPR 106 75 31

Top 10 differences for countries with a better FIFA Ranking:

Team - FIFA Ranking - Elo Rating - Difference

Luxembourg 126 172 -46
Gambia 69 109 -40
Bermuda 115 155 -40
Sierra Leone 98 137 -39
Northern Ireland 27 62 -35
Congo 67 101 -34
Burkina Faso 57 89 -32
Rwanda 84 113 -29
Togo 65 93 -28
Nicaragua 141 169 -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 53 34 19
Denmark 29 14 15
Korea Republic 46 34 12
Costa Rica 41 30 11
Chile 26 16 10
Saudi Arabia 55 45 10
Venezuela 56 46 10
Republic of Ireland 34 25 9
Egypt 37 28 9
Japan 35 27 8

Top 10 differences for countries with a better FIFA Ranking:

Team - FIFA Ranking - Elo Rating - Difference

Northern Ireland 27 62 -35
Gabon 48 71 -23
Scotland 24 43 -19
Israel 21 39 -18
Mali 49 66 -17
Bosnia-Herzegovina 38 54 -16
Cameroon 19 33 -14
Greece 13 24 -11
Ghana 31 41 -10
Hungary 43 53 -10

Matches I would have liked to see in May:

Iran - Northern Ireland
Denmark - Bosnia-Herzegovina
Korea Republic - Hungary
Costa Rica - Scotland
Chile - Israel
Saudi Arabia - Latvia
Venezuela - Burkina Faso
Republic of Ireland - Slovakia
Egypt - Gabon
Japan - Slovenia

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