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Friday, December 2, 2011

FIFA Ranking: Wales under Gary Speed

A Welsh football fan asked me "to do an article giving a statistical look on how Wales fared shortly before and during his time in charge".


Gary Speed's first game in charge of Wales was on 8 February 2011 and the last on 12 November 2011.

I will look at points gained between 8 February and the release of the latest FIFA ranking - 23 November (288 days) and then at points gained between 20 April 2010 and the release of the February 2011 FIFA ranking - 2 February 2011 (288 days), the latest FIFA ranking at the time of Wales' first match under Gary Speed.

08-Feb-2011 IRL 0
26-Mar-2011 ENG 0
25-May-2011 SCO 0
27-May-2011 NIR 405
10-Aug-2011 AUS 0
02-Sep-2011 MNE 1357.5
06-Sep-2011 ENG 0
07-Oct-2011 SUI 1365
11-Oct-2011 BUL 1087.5
12-Nov-2011 NOR 528

Total: 4743 from 10 games - average of 474.3 points.

Based only on results between 8 February 2011 and 23 November 2011, Wales would be ranked 17th.

1 Uruguay 726
2 Denmark 629
3 Italy 619
4 Spain 610
5 Germany 608
6 Bosnia-Herzegovina 582
7 Croatia 568
8 England 565
9 Portugal 561
10 Sweden 550
11 Republic of Ireland 530
12 Chile 495
13 Netherlands 488
14 France 486
15 Mexico 479
16 Greece 475
17 Wales 474
18 Peru 473
19 Russia 469
20 Côte d'Ivoire 461
21 Switzerland 448
22 Colombia 447
23 Argentina 426
24 Brazil 418
25 Czech Republic 410
25 Turkey 410
27 Sierra Leone 409

On to the next 288 days.

23-May-2010 CRO 0
11-Aug-2010 LUX 249
03-Sep-2010 MNE 0
08-Oct-2010 BUL 0
12-Oct-2010 SUI 0

Total: 249 from 5 games - average of 49.8 points.

Based only on results between 20 April 2010 and 2 February 2011, Wales would be ranked 142nd - tied with Vietnam - a difference of 125 spots.

131 Zimbabwe 75
131 Congo 75
133 Chad 72
134 Togo 68
135 Kazakhstan 66
135 Kenya 66
135 Cayman Islands 66
135 Dominican Republic 66
135 Faroe Islands 66
140 Curacao 64
141 Philippines 59
142 Wales 50
142 Vietnam 50
144 Liechtenstein 49
145 Laos 48
146 Chinese Taipei 45
147 Belize 44
148 Cambodia 43
149 Singapore 40
150 Liberia 37
151 Iceland 35
152 India 34

4 comments:

  1. I was me that asked Edgar, but I'll let you off this once. Great article, straight to the point.

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  2. Too many Stuarts :) My apologies. ;)

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  3. Great stuff Edgar, thanks for doing this.

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