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Friday, October 16, 2009

FIFA Ranking: October 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.

I'm pretty sure FIFA will include all matches up to October 14th.

Portugal return to the top 10, with Russia going the other way.

Best movers:

41 - Faroe Islands
25 - Armenia
23 - Haiti

Worst movers:

-38 - Libya
-31 - Sierra Leone
-28 - Congo and Niger

Best movers in the top 50:

18 - Colombia
15 - Algeria and Cameroon
12 - Slovakia

Worst movers in the top 50:

-20 - Poland
-16 - Scotland
-12 - Turkey

Cameroon take 1st spot in Africa from Côte d'Ivoire, with Algeria taking 4th place. Algeria are now 2nd in the Arab World, one place behind Egypt and could get 1st place with a good result in Cairo next month.

Honduras - 3rd in CONCACAF at the expense of Costa Rica. Trinidad and Tobago drop from the top 5, replaced by Canada.

Russia out of the UEFA top 5, replaced by England.

Seven teams will improve their best ever ranking:

Algeria (29th - 30th in September 1993)
Latvia (47th - 51st in December 2003)
Benin (66th - 78th in September 2009)
Montenegro (75th - 89th in September 2009)
Barbados (92nd - 93rd in June 2000)
Philippines (155th - 157th in November 2008)
Mongolia (172nd - 173rd in July 2007)

Two teams will return to their worst ever ranking:

Mauritius (183rd - first achieved in August 2009)
British Virgin Islands (193rd - first achieved in January 2008)

Seven teams will have their worst ever ranking:

Romania (36th - 35th in August 2004)
Morocco (63rd - 57th in September 2009)
Zambia (96th - 92nd in February 2009)
Zimbabwe (131st - 120th in August 2009)
Liberia (160th - 153rd in October 2008)
Tahiti (194th - 191st in July 2009)
Andorra (202nd - 196th in May 2009)


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

1 Brazil 1632 0 28
2 Spain 1629 0 41
3 Netherlands 1340 0 -36
4 Italy 1215 0 29
5 Germany 1161 -1 -25
6 Argentina 1103 2 -10
7 England 1101 0 -26
8 Croatia 1087 1 -14
9 France 1049 1 9
10 Portugal 1042 7 162
11 USA 1025 0 51
12 Russia 982 -6 -147
13 Switzerland 961 2 63
14 Cameroon 949 15 130
15 Czech Republic 928 3 58
16 Greece 921 -4 -50
17 Chile 909 4 63
18 Mexico 904 6 69
19 Côte d'Ivoire 903 1 51
20 Serbia 892 -7 -24
21 Paraguay 879 2 37
22 Ukraine 857 3 28
23 Bulgaria 854 -4 -6
24 Australia 848 -10 -59
25 Uruguay 838 3 18
26 Israel 833 -4 -11
27 Denmark 830 -11 -62
28 Egypt 798 4 12
29 Algeria 783 15 76
30 Colombia 775 18 118
31 Northern Ireland 774 0 -21
32 Nigeria 763 2 -10
33 Slovakia 756 12 69
34 Republic of Ireland 755 4 12
35 Honduras 754 7 42
36 Romania 752 -10 -75
37 Norway 751 6 42
38 Ghana 746 -6 -40
39 Turkey 738 -12 -88
40 Japan 735 0 1
41 Sweden 728 0 5
42 Bosnia-Herzegovina 721 4 39
43 Costa Rica 707 -4 -28
44 Ecuador 697 -8 -52
45 Gabon 691 -10 -68
46 Scotland 687 -16 -117
47 Latvia 683 11 128
48 Korea Republic 671 1 30
49 Slovenia 666 5 90
50 Hungary 645 -3 -24
51 Mali 632 2 39
51 Venezuela 632 0 28
53 Canada 631 13 127
54 Tunisia 628 -4 14
55 Burkina Faso 616 -3 14
56 Poland 609 -20 -140
57 Finland 606 4 71
58 Austria 524 12 51
59 Bolivia 522 0 -25
59 Lithuania 522 3 -9
61 Bahrain 519 3 13
61 Iran 519 -1 -22
63 Morocco 511 -6 -49
64 Saudi Arabia 501 1 -4
65 Cyprus 489 11 60
66 Benin 479 12 66
67 FYR Macedonia 476 -11 -94
68 Belgium 474 0 -5
69 Jamaica 470 0 -7
70 Panama 464 5 33
71 Guinea 461 -16 -113
72 Trinidad and Tobago 459 -9 -58
73 Belarus 444 4 24
74 Peru 439 17 76
75 Montenegro 436 14 56
76 Cuba 432 11 39
77 Uganda 428 -5 -20
78 Wales 419 -11 -62
79 Oman 417 -5 -15
80 Togo 403 -9 -51
80 Uzbekistan 403 5 5
82 El Salvador 397 3 -1
83 Mozambique 383 1 -16
83 New Zealand 383 17 47
85 South Africa 381 -12 -64
86 Haiti 378 23 74
87 Iceland 372 9 27
88 Moldova 370 0 -20
89 Senegal 368 -9 -42
90 Malawi 363 15 51
91 Korea DPR 359 -1 -20
92 Barbados 355 11 30
93 Iraq 349 5 9
94 Qatar 347 -11 -53
95 Syria 344 0 -6
96 Zambia 342 -15 -67
97 Albania 334 -4 -26
98 Angola 332 -6 -29
99 Tanzania 328 -5 -30
100 Armenia 323 25 92
101 Cape Verde Islands 316 11 20
102 China PR 312 5 5
103 Kenya 304 1 -13
104 Estonia 303 10 16
104 Grenada 303 4 -2
106 Antigua and Barbuda 300 0 -11
107 Congo 297 -28 -115
108 Fiji 291 -6 -39
109 Kuwait 283 1 -16
110 Thailand 280 5 -6
111 Namibia 271 -10 -60
112 Congo DR 259 6 -14
113 Sudan 254 -17 -91
114 Rwanda 247 3 -32
115 Suriname 242 4 -30
115 United Arab Emirates 242 8 4
117 Georgia 234 -5 -62
117 Guyana 234 5 -6
119 Singapore 228 8 5
120 Libya 225 -38 -182
121 Kazakhstan 223 15 42
122 Faroe Islands 218 41 122
123 Gambia 217 -24 -120
124 Botswana 214 8 12
124 Burundi 214 1 -17
126 Azerbaijan 212 13 39
127 Hong Kong 207 1 -14
128 Jordan 203 1 -16
129 Indonesia 201 4 0
130 Guatemala 200 -19 -97
131 Zimbabwe 196 -11 -63
132 Ethiopia 182 4 1
133 Luxembourg 177 -17 -105
134 Vietnam 172 12 23
135 Nicaragua 165 6 0
136 Equatorial Guinea 163 -7 -56
137 Kyrgyzstan 161 6 0
138 India 160 11 26
139 Yemen 158 3 -5
140 Myanmar 157 5 7
141 New Caledonia 148 -7 -51
142 Turkmenistan 145 5 -1
143 St. Vincent and the Grenadines 140 5 1
144 Liechtenstein 139 7 14
145 Lebanon 136 5 4
146 Malta 132 -6 -34
147 Chad 130 -23 -103
148 Swaziland 129 8 14
149 Bermuda 128 5 9
149 Malaysia 128 3 5
149 Maldives 128 6 11
152 Sierra Leone 117 -31 -124
153 Eritrea 115 4 1
154 Madagascar 112 -23 -96
155 Philippines 108 3 0
156 Lesotho 106 4 5
157 St. Kitts and Nevis 105 -5 -18
158 Sri Lanka 103 1 0
159 Vanuatu 99 -21 -78
160 Liberia 98 -17 -63
161 Chinese Taipei 88 5 2
162 Puerto Rico 87 3 0
163 Netherlands Antilles 85 1 -3
163 Niger 85 -28 -105
165 Bangladesh 83 2 -2
166 Somalia 82 3 0
167 Pakistan 79 1 -5
168 Tajikistan 76 4 11
169 Mauritania 70 -8 -29
170 Laos 69 0 0
171 Cambodia 68 0 1
172 Mongolia 61 2 0
173 Nepal 60 2 0
173 Solomon Islands 60 -11 -37
175 Belize 57 1 0
176 Palestine 53 -3 -9
177 Bahamas 47 0 -6
178 Brunei Darussalam 46 2 0
179 Turks and Caicos Islands 45 0 -6
180 Cayman Islands 44 1 0
180 Seychelles 44 -2 -8
182 Dominican Republic 41 1 1
183 Guinea-Bissau 38 1 0
183 Mauritius 38 -1 -5
183 Samoa 38 1 0
186 Cook Islands 34 0 0
186 Djibouti 34 2 1
186 Guam 34 0 0
189 Afghanistan 32 2 2
189 St. Lucia 32 0 0
191 Macau 28 2 0
191 Tonga 28 2 0
193 British Virgin Islands 25 -2 -5
194 Tahiti 19 -5 -13
195 Bhutan 17 0 0
196 Dominica 12 1 0
197 Aruba 11 1 0
198 Timor-Leste 9 1 0
199 Comoros 8 1 0
199 US Virgin Islands 8 1 0
201 Central African Republic 4 1 0
202 Andorra 2 -7 -15
203 American Samoa 0 0 0
203 Anguilla 0 0 0
203 Montserrat 0 0 0
203 Papua New Guinea 0 0 0
203 San Marino 0 0 0

5 comments:

  1. If either Portugal or France fails to qualify for the World Cup, and seeing that croatia has already crashed out, would the U.S. be able to pass these countries with a friendly win over Denmark coming up? Also...how did the U.S. stay at the same rank as last month? With a 2-1 home win over El Salvador, 1-0 @ Trinidad and 3-2 @ fellow World Cup participant Honduras, all WC Qualifying matches. PLUS a 2-2 draw with Costa Rica. 3-0-1 in World Cup qualifying how do you not move up?

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  2. Geez, why the drastic drop for Serbia losing to a meaningless game to Lithuania and dropping down to 20th place?
    I don't get this FIFA system they use to rank teams, I just don't get it.
    Croatia still up there? This is a joke for ranking teams.

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  3. Anonymous: Wins over teams ranked at #35, #72, and #82 and a draw against team #43 isn't exactly evidence that the U.S. should be placed above its current #11 ranking.

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  4. true, those wins arnt over the likes of top 25 teams...i understand. But they are wins in qualifying, something Argentina, who is ranked ahead of us, has not been doing so much of. Or lets say croatia, who didnt make the world cup. The fact is, we are one of the few teams in the top 15 who did not lose any games during this ranking period. I dont think croatia is deserving of a higher ranking that the U.S. The U.S. is not only a stronger squad, but has had better results over the past year, AND qualified for the world cup. I know they are in UEFA, and we are in CONCACAF, but honestly...few will can honestly say croatia is better than the United States.

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  5. @RetroMikey

    The FIFA ranking doesn't know about the meaning of a match :) Sure, Serbia was already qualified, but the formula doesn't take this into account.

    @Anonymous

    USA did gain 51 points, but they were some way behind in September and Portugal managed to gain more points and overtake the US.

    It's only the October matches, because there are other matches losing value, moving from a time frame to the other, averages going up and down.

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