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Friday, October 14, 2011

FIFA Ranking: October 2011 final preview

FIFA will publish the ranking on October 19.

The official deadline for matches was yesterday, but FIFA might include Grenada vs. St. Vincent and the Grenadines, a 2014 WCQ scheduled for tomorrow.

Greece (8) and Denmark (10) enter the top 10, with Croatia dropping out. Denmark are tied for 10th with Argentina. The Danes return to the top 10 after more than 8 years - they were 10th in May 2003.

Best movers:

57 - Bermuda
45 - Wales
31 - Rwanda

Worst movers:

-34 - Bolivia and Cyprus
-27 - Benin
-20 - Bulgaria and Azerbaijan

Best movers in the top 50:

45 - Wales
11 - Sweden and Algeria
8 - Iran

Worst movers in the top 50:

-13 - Montenegro
-12 - Burkina Faso
-9 - Hungary

Algeria replace Burkina Faso as 4th in Africa.

Honduras drop to 5th from the 4th place tie with Panama.

England replace Portugal in the European top 5.

Three teams will improve their best ever ranking:

Bosnia-Herzegovina (21st - 22nd in September 2011)
Cape Verde Islands (66th - 68th in July 2007)
Antigua and Barbuda (90th - 100th in April 2011)

Two teams will return to their best ever ranking:

Greece (8th - first achieved in April 2008)
Venezuela (40th - first achieved in July 2011)

Ten teams will drop to their worst ever ranking:

Bulgaria (75th - 58th in August 2002)
Saudi Arabia (98th - 97th in September 2011)
Bolivia (115th - 114th in July 2003)
Cyprus (120th - 113th in March 2005)
Congo DR (133rd - 132nd in September 2010)
Myanmar (170th - 168th in August 2011)
Swaziland (175th - 174th in October 1997)
Sri Lanka (177th - 176th in July 2011)
Kyrgyzstan (186th - 180th in July 2011)
Mauritania (200th - 193rd in September 2011)

October 2011 rank - Team - October 2011 points - +/- Ranking - +/- Points


1 Spain 1624 0 19
2 Netherlands 1425 0 -146
3 Germany 1352 0 62
4 Uruguay 1230 0 46
5 Brazil 1144 2 12
6 Italy 1135 0 -7
7 England 1101 1 12
8 Greece 1044 3 44
8 Portugal 1044 -3 -114
10 Argentina 1030 0 6
10 Denmark 1030 7 137
12 Croatia 1015 -3 -42
13 Russia 975 0 21
14 Sweden 955 11 163
15 France 953 -3 -3
16 Chile 941 -2 9
17 Japan 924 -2 0
18 Switzerland 919 0 33
19 Côte d'Ivoire 899 -3 -11
20 Australia 868 -1 -14
21 Bosnia-Herzegovina 864 1 25
22 Mexico 859 -2 -7
23 Serbia 854 -2 -1
24 Norway 839 -1 4
25 Republic of Ireland 812 4 63
26 Turkey 803 1 49
27 Slovenia 786 6 54
28 Paraguay 785 -4 -40
29 Egypt 775 7 62
30 Colombia 757 2 19
31 Korea Republic 754 -2 5
32 Peru 746 3 22
33 Ghana 734 4 34
34 USA 719 -3 -22
35 Algeria 713 11 108
36 Hungary 701 -9 -53
37 Belgium 670 -3 -59
38 Israel 669 0 -8
39 Montenegro 654 -13 -123
40 Venezuela 632 7 34
41 Slovakia 629 -2 -33
42 Iran 626 8 50
42 Senegal 626 0 12
44 Nigeria 624 -1 11
45 Wales 619 45 245
46 Armenia 608 -2 -2
47 Cameroon 600 1 4
47 Czech Republic 600 -7 -56
49 South Africa 595 2 21
50 Jamaica 592 -5 -14
51 Scotland 581 1 9
52 Ecuador 579 17 98
53 Burkina Faso 578 -12 -73
53 Panama 578 0 14
55 Romania 575 -6 -9
56 Morocco 566 3 32
57 Honduras 555 -4 -9
58 Ukraine 551 2 20
59 Estonia 542 -1 5
59 Tunisia 542 2 16
61 Belarus 529 -5 -25
62 Costa Rica 522 -5 -27
63 Sierra Leone 519 5 31
64 Poland 506 1 10
65 Libya 504 -3 -15
66 Cape Verde Islands 500 25 128
67 Georgia 475 -3 -24
68 Gabon 473 -1 -16
68 Mali 473 -6 -46
70 China PR 463 3 -6
71 Albania 462 0 -12
72 Austria 458 5 16
73 Uzbekistan 451 6 30
74 Zimbabwe 449 -8 -41
75 Bulgaria 447 -20 -111
75 Guinea 447 1 0
75 Latvia 447 -1 -13
78 Finland 437 -6 -34
79 Trinidad and Tobago 433 1 19
80 Zambia 431 3 22
81 Jordan 428 4 22
82 El Salvador 426 6 36
83 Canada 425 4 30
84 Northern Ireland 421 -14 -56
85 Lithuania 416 -10 -43
86 Angola 404 -2 -3
87 Malawi 400 -9 -39
88 Uganda 393 -6 -18
89 Botswana 386 6 22
90 Antigua and Barbuda 381 11 36
91 Iraq 378 16 71
92 Qatar 371 8 21
93 FYR Macedonia 361 1 -5
94 Togo 359 1 -5
95 Niger 352 -2 -17
96 Kuwait 350 3 -2
97 Guyana 346 19 68
98 Guatemala 340 11 38
98 Saudi Arabia 340 -1 -19
100 Cuba 332 3 0
101 Bahrain 324 1 -11
102 Sudan 323 1 -9
103 Oman 317 2 -2
104 Suriname 313 9 27
105 New Zealand 310 -16 -67
105 Syria 310 4 8
107 Haiti 307 1 2
108 Iceland 300 -2 -16
109 St. Kitts and Nevis 289 14 37
110 Mozambique 281 5 1
111 Gambia 280 14 32
112 Rwanda 277 31 99
113 United Arab Emirates 276 -1 -11
114 Thailand 275 3 1
115 Bolivia 273 -34 -139
115 Grenada 273 5 8
117 Azerbaijan 265 -20 -94
118 Luxembourg 263 -4 -21
119 Benin 260 -27 -110
120 Cyprus 259 -34 -139
121 Liberia 258 7 28
122 Faroe Islands 257 4 13
123 Korea DPR 255 -2 -3
123 Moldova 255 -1 0
125 Central African Republic 251 -14 -45
126 Liechtenstein 249 -8 -21
127 Namibia 248 -8 -21
128 Dominican Republic 245 11 63
129 Kazakhstan 235 3 37
130 Tajikistan 232 -6 -18
130 Tanzania 232 -3 -8
132 Bermuda 225 57 195
133 Congo DR 223 -4 -2
134 Vietnam 222 -4 13
135 Kenya 205 -4 5
136 Ethiopia 202 -3 6
137 Puerto Rico 199 8 26
138 Congo 187 6 10
139 Singapore 185 -3 -3
140 Bangladesh 183 -2 0
140 Burundi 183 1 4
140 Indonesia 183 -1 1
143 Belize 177 -9 -18
144 Nepal 176 -9 -17
145 Turkmenistan 172 -4 -7
146 Lebanon 171 0 8
147 Barbados 164 3 16
148 St. Vincent and the Grenadines 162 10 47
149 Fiji 158 -2 0
149 Yemen 158 -12 -27
151 Malaysia 155 -4 -3
152 Chad 151 9 41
152 Dominica 151 -3 -3
154 Bahamas 141 -2 0
155 Equatorial Guinea 140 -3 -1
156 Hong Kong 128 0 4
156 Malta 128 -2 -10
156 New Caledonia 128 -1 0
159 Philippines 127 7 22
160 India 115 3 9
160 Lesotho 115 0 2
160 Nicaragua 115 -4 -9
163 Maldives 114 3 9
164 Palestine 111 -2 3
165 Madagascar 110 -7 -5
166 Chinese Taipei 108 6 19
167 Guinea-Bissau 106 -4 0
167 Mongolia 106 -4 0
169 US Virgin Islands 104 -18 -40
170 Myanmar 101 -2 3
171 Curacao 99 7 24
172 Aruba 92 -2 0
173 Pakistan 91 -3 -1
174 Vanuatu 88 -1 0
175 Swaziland 87 -6 -9
176 Cambodia 85 -2 1
177 Sri Lanka 83 -1 0
178 Seychelles 82 -1 0
179 St. Lucia 78 6 32
180 Solomon Islands 75 -2 0
181 Laos 74 1 3
182 Tahiti 73 2 5
183 Comoros 72 -5 -3
184 Afghanistan 69 -1 -1
185 Cayman Islands 51 -11 -33
186 Kyrgyzstan 49 -8 -26
187 Guam 36 -1 0
188 Papua New Guinea 34 -1 0
189 Mauritius 32 -1 -1
190 Eritrea 28 0 0
191 Macau 25 0 0
192 British Virgin Islands 23 -1 -2
192 Somalia 23 1 0
194 Turks and Caicos Islands 13 1 0
195 Djibouti 12 1 0
196 Cook Islands 10 1 0
197 Anguilla 9 1 0
197 Brunei Darussalam 9 1 0
199 Bhutan 6 1 0
200 Mauritania 4 -7 -19
201 Timor-Leste 3 0 0
201 Tonga 3 0 0
203 American Samoa 0 0 0
203 Andorra 0 0 0
203 Montserrat 0 0 0
203 Samoa 0 0 0
203 San Marino 0 0 0

16 comments:

  1. Germany and the Netherlands play a friendly in November. Could that one determine a new number two? Really looking forward to that match!

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  2. Greece won Euro 2004 and it was only good enough for at best 9th?

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  3. I wonder if for once the England bashing will ease off a bit and the focus will turn to the presence of Greece in 8th?

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  4. Greece keeps on winning my friend, 16 games unbeaten with new coach. What about Norway as a top seed for next WCQ? Where they now? What would Wcq seeds have looked like if draw made in December like old days?

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  5. @ Jim the Greek

    I thought that said "Jim the Geek" at first :)

    I have no problem with Greece, though I don't think you think I do, just making sure.

    This next ranking is the one that should have been used to seed the draw if you ask me. Cut the playoffs out of it.

    That question interests me too. So, we can see...

    Pot A: Spain, Netherlands, Germany, Italy, England, Greece, Portugal, Denmark (+1), Croatia

    Pot B: Russia, Sweden, France, Switzerland (+1), Bosnia-Herzegovina (+1), Serbia, Norway (-1), Republic of Ireland (+1), Turkey

    Pot C: Slovenia (-1), Hungary, Belgium, Israel, Montenegro (-1), Slovakia (-1), Wales (+3), Armenia (+2), Czech Republic

    Pot D: Scotland, Romania, Ukraine (-1), Estonia (+1), Belarus (-1), Poland, Georgia, Albania, Austria

    Pot E: Bulgaria (-1), Latvia, Finland, Northern Ireland (-1), Lithuania (-1), FYR Macedonia, Iceland (+1), Azerbaijan, Luxembourg (+1)

    Pot F: Cyprus (-1), Faroe Islands (-1), Moldova (-1), Liechtenstein, Kazakhstan, Malta, Andorra, San Marino

    Wales and Armenia got shafted the hardest.

    Looking at this from an England point of view, our group now contains a pot C, two pot Ds, and two pot Fs. Nice, nice... :)

    Your Greece group is looking nice too. Two Pot Cs, Two Pot Es and a Pot F.

    Group B has two pot As (Italy, Denmark), two pot Cs (Armenia, Czech Republic) and a pot E and F (Bulgaria and Malta.)

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  6. Edit:

    Ukraine are pot C standard easily. Maybe even pot B. England's group isn't THAT easy! :)

    Poland, despite being handicapped by hosting Euro 2012 like Ukraine, haven't done anything to convince me they are not in their correct pot.

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  7. thanks Lorric. actually Greece group includes a Pot B, Bosnia. funny we played them in 0-0 draw right after the wcq draw.

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  8. You're welcome.

    Oops, for some reason I got into my head that you had Slovakia and Slovenia I think.

    Thinking about Wales, even as a pot F, their group is not bad. They could easily have been put into a worse position from a new draw from the pot C position. If Croatia lose to Turkey, they'll be in a group that contains no teams that were at Euro 2012. And only one that even made the playoffs. Funny how things work out sometimes.

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  9. Go Go Bosnia !!

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  10. I don't get this ranking. Turkey lost to Gremany and they beat Azarbaijan (97th place). Both at home. Got 49 point for both games.

    Bosnia beat Luxembourg (114th place) at home and drew with France away. Got 25 points.

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  11. Bosnia was damaged in the French unjust decision of the judge, and should pass on his game

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  12. @Anonymous (Germany vs. Netherlands)

    Germany could indeed overtake the Dutch, but it also dependends on Switzerland and Ukraine.

    @Lorric

    Re: Greece - that's how the FIFA rankings are sometimes.
    Wales would indeed have had a more difficult group.

    @Anonymous (Turkey/Bosnia)

    Devaluation of points.

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  13. Charles from EnglandNovember 17, 2011 at 5:13 AM

    Greece 8 place a JOKE they are there just because they won against croatia..

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  14. @Charles from England

    Beating Georgia was also important (92.73 points). Croatia (130.23), Israel (114.55), Nigeria (WC 2010 - 76.42) and the win against Ukraine in 2010 WC playoffs (51.35) are the other games in the top 5.

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  15. Agree with charles from england..

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  16. Srbia 4ever agree with charles (yes i know even if i am a serb

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