That's what I've been told recently. :)
On November 4th, I read this article on JustAboutFootball.com.
D, the author, basically says that FIFA will change the ranking of a team (or more teams) if they think it will suit their interests.
"These unexplainable rankings and others are why I feel FIFA's corruption is now to a point where it is foot printed."
I posted a comment to explain it's not possible to do this, because they are using a formula published on their website. But that didn't help. D said - and I quote:
"If i may be blunt, a website devoted to predicting and generally accrediting FIFA's rankings comes across as propaganda sponsored either by FIFA or one of their executive committee members. FIFA's reputation for secrecy is is proven by their own published formula, One can't calculate a ranking and match theirs it's impossible many credible sources have tried and failed except for the ones who choose not to publish their own formula too, such as you have."
I tried to explain again and I even told him I expected some apologies. However, D claimed he made no accusations and I should be careful with my manners. :)
Then he continued with the "criteria" thing.
D, you're amazing.
Let me put it this way. If I say: "I suspect you stole my wallet" - it's not the same thing like saying "You're a thief"? English is not my strong point, but you said my website is (or "comes across as") a propaganda tool for FIFA. If that's not an accusation...
D, read the "Calculation of Points" and let me explain some things to you:
1. "Criteria" means (with regards to the FIFA ranking) things like: confederation strength, importance of a match, match points, time frame weighting. Those values were chosen by a multinational group comprising FIFA staff and external experts. This doesn't mean I think FIFA's ranking is the best ranking available. I happen to like more the Voros rankings and the Elo ratings.
2. "Statistical requirements" means a teams must play a minimum of 5 matches in every 12-month frame.
One final question: Did you bother to compute the points for Argentina (or Croatia) using the published formula? Use pen and paper, Excel sheets - whatever you like. You can even take a look at the detailed totals section of my site or check the PDF file published by FIFA in October 2007. Maybe that will help you wake up and face the harsh reality - FIFA are not tampering with the rankings.