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Friday, October 28, 2011

2013 Africa Cup of Nations: A look at the qualification

In September 2010, CAF announced the qualifying system for the 2013 edition.

Countries that do not qualify for the Orange CAN Gabon – Equatorial Guinea 2012 will play a first round eliminatory, with direct elimination, with a view to finding fifteen teams. The period from 15 January 2012 to 15 February 2012 was chosen for this first round.

If Libya South Africa doesn’t qualify for the Orange CAN 2012, Gabon and Equatorial Guinea will play home and away play-off and the winner will participate in the second round qualifiers.


I doubt they will trim the field to 15 teams during that period. Most likely it will be only a preliminary round. Here's why.Looking at the CAF 2014 World Cup calendar and at FIFA's match dates for 2012, you'll notice there are two conspicuous double match dates available for CAF: 7-11 September and 12-16 October.

There are 37 teams that didn't qualify for the 2012 edition. With South Africa hosting the 2013 event, that leaves 36 teams. Of course, that doesn't mean all 36 will want to play in the 2013 preliminaries.

The preliminary round should involve the bottom 12 teams in the FIFA rankings to trim the field to 30 teams.

Probably the second round will be in September, with the final round scheduled for October.

In 2010, the draw took place at the 2010 CAF Super Cup, on 20 February 2010. Next year this event is scheduled for 24-26 February, with the February 2012 FIFA Ranking set to be published on 15 February.


Looking at the intermediate February 2012 ranking, this is how the qualification could look:

Preliminary round

Pot 1: Guinea-Bissau, Swaziland, Madagascar, Lesotho, Seychelles, Comoros
Pot 2: Mauritius, Somalia, Eritrea, Mauritania, Djibouti, Sao Tome e Principe

Second round

Pot 1: Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Egypt, Cape Verde Islands, Zimbabwe, Algeria, Malawi, Cameroon, Uganda, Gambia, Central African Republic, Togo, Benin, Mozambique, Rwanda
Pot 2: Kenya, Tanzania, Congo DR, Ethiopia, Liberia, Congo, Namibia, Burundi, Chad plus six winners from the previous round.

Final round

Pot 1: Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Libya, Guinea, Mali, Tunisia, Angola, Zambia, Morocco, Niger, Botswana, Sudan and the winner of Gabon/Equatorial Guinea
Pot 2: 15 winners from the previous round

It's quite possible to see matches like Côte d'Ivoire vs. Egypt, Ghana vs. Nigeria, Senegal vs. Cameroon or Morocco vs. Algeria in the final round.

This could be a disaster for CAF - and the sales of TV rights. In order to protect their flagship competition, CAF might create four pots in the final round.

Pot 1: Top 8 from the 2012 edition
Pot 2: the remaining 7 teams
Pot 3: Top 7 from the February 2012 FIFA ranking
Pot 4: the other 8 teams

and draw Pot 1 vs. Pot 4 and Pot 2 vs. Pot 3.

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EURO 2012 qualifying: 24 teams outcome

Most of this article is based on fillow's post on Bert Kassies forum.

Who would have qualified for a 2012 EURO with 24 teams?

The two hosts, 9 group winners, 9 group runners-up and 4 teams from play-offs between the best third placed teams.

Ranking of third placed teams discarding results against the sixth ranked team in the group where applicable:

Norway      16 10 -  7
Hungary     13 11 - 14
Armenia     11 15 - 10
Switzerland 11 12 - 10
Scotland    11  9 - 10
Israel      10  8 - 10
Belgium      9 15 - 14
Serbia       9  7 - 11
Romania      8  8 -  8

Romania out as the worst third placed team. Yes, Romania :)

Seeding for the play-offs:

Serbia      27975
Switzerland 27745
Norway      27093
Israel      26942
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Hungary     26110
Scotland    24426
Belgium     22539
Armenia     19746

Assuming the seeds would have qualified with a win and a draw, these would have been the pots for the final draw:

Poland             23086
Ukraine            28029
Spain              43116
Netherlands        40860
Germany            40446
Italy              34357
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England            33563
Russia             33212
Croatia            32723
Greece             32455
Sweden             31675
Denmark            31205
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Portugal           31202
France             30508
Switzerland        28715
Serbia             28705
Ireland            28203
Czech Republic     27982
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Israel             27602
Turkey             27601
Norway             27558
Bosnia-Herzegovina 27198
Montenegro         21876
Estonia            20354

Pot 1: Poland, Ukraine, Spain, Netherlands, Germany, Italy
Pot 2: England, Russia, Croatia, Greece, Sweden, Denmark
Pot 3: Portugal, France, Switzerland, Serbia, Ireland, Czech Republic
Pot 4: Israel, Turkey, Norway, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Estonia

So who's waiting eagerly for the 2016 edition? Taking into account the latest preliminaries and my previous post about the EURO expansion, these are the top 10 teams that will benefit: Ireland, Scotland, Norway, Serbia, Turkey, Israel, Northern Ireland, Belgium, England and Croatia.

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October 2011: FIFA Ranking vs. Elo Ratings

Top 10 differences for countries with a better Elo Rating:

Team - FIFA Ranking - Elo Rating - Difference


Solomon Islands 180 120 60
Vanuatu 174 130 44
Syria 106 65 41
Mauritania 200 160 40
New Zealand 105 66 39
New Caledonia 156 119 37
Tahiti 182 145 37
Kuwait 96 61 35
Korea DPR 124 92 32
Fiji 149 117 32

Top 10 differences for countries with a better FIFA Ranking:

Team - FIFA Ranking - Elo Rating - Difference

Algeria 35 93 -58
Sierra Leone 63 116 -53
St. Kitts and Nevis 109 155 -46
Luxembourg 118 163 -45
Suriname 104 147 -43
Antigua and Barbuda 90 129 -39
Cape Verde Islands 66 104 -38
Grenada 116 152 -36
Puerto Rico 137 172 -35
Bangladesh 141 176 -35

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

Poland 64 37 27
Ukraine 58 32 26
Ecuador 52 27 25
Czech Republic 47 30 17
Romania 55 41 14
Costa Rica 62 49 13
Iran 42 30 12
Korea Republic 31 20 11
Scotland 51 40 11
Mexico 22 13 9

Top 10 differences for countries with a better FIFA Ranking:

Team - FIFA Ranking - Elo Rating - Difference

Algeria 35 93 -58
Armenia 46 80 -34
Slovakia 41 71 -30
Slovenia 27 47 -20
Bosnia-Herzegovina 21 39 -18
Switzerland 18 33 -15
Greece 8 20 -12
Serbia 23 35 -12
Montenegro 39 50 -11
Senegal 42 53 -11

Matches I would have liked to see before the next ranking:

Poland - Algeria
Ukraine - Armenia
Ecuador - Slovakia
Czech Republic - Slovenia
Romania - Sierra Leone
Costa Rica - Estonia
Iran - Bosnia-Herzegovina
Korea Republic - Montenegro
Scotland - Georgia
Mexico - Switzerland

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Friday, October 21, 2011

FIFA Ranking: November 2011 probable ranking

Next update: 18 November 2011.

Sao Tome e Principe will return to the ranking if they don't withdraw from the World Cup qualifiers.

FIFA will publish the ranking on 23 November.

Probable results computed using the Elo Ratings. See the list of results used for this ranking.

Haiti, Congo, Curacao and Puerto Rico expected to climb 20 or more spots.

Dominica, Suriname, St. Kitts and Nevis, and Thailand expected to drop 15 or more spots.

Probable November 2011 rank - Team - Probable November 2011 points - +/- Ranking - +/- Points


1 Spain 1634 0 10
2 Netherlands 1399 0 -26
3 Germany 1367 0 15
4 Uruguay 1285 0 55
5 Portugal 1190 3 146
6 Brazil 1143 -1 -1
7 England 1107 0 6
8 Croatia 1091 4 76
9 Italy 1076 -3 -59
10 Argentina 1047 0 17
11 Greece 1041 -3 -3
12 Denmark 1023 -2 -7
13 Chile 970 3 29
14 Russia 953 -1 -22
15 Côte d'Ivoire 948 4 50
16 France 940 -1 -13
17 Japan 917 0 -7
18 Republic of Ireland 914 7 102
19 Sweden 907 -5 -48
20 Australia 888 0 20
21 Switzerland 876 -3 -44
22 Mexico 866 0 6
23 Serbia 847 0 -7
24 Colombia 815 6 58
25 Norway 805 -1 -33
26 Bosnia-Herzegovina 798 -5 -66
27 Slovenia 797 0 10
28 Paraguay 795 0 10
29 Turkey 769 -3 -34
30 Egypt 757 -1 -18
31 Ghana 755 2 21
31 Korea Republic 755 0 1
33 Peru 736 -1 -10
34 USA 701 0 -19
35 Czech Republic 682 12 82
36 Algeria 674 -1 -39
37 Hungary 665 -1 -36
37 Israel 665 1 -4
39 Slovakia 648 2 19
40 Iran 643 2 17
41 Venezuela 640 -1 8
42 Senegal 639 0 13
43 Nigeria 638 1 13
44 Montenegro 634 -5 -21
45 Scotland 613 6 32
46 Armenia 612 0 4
47 Jamaica 609 3 17
48 Belgium 604 -11 -66
49 South Africa 595 0 0
50 Panama 586 3 7
51 Ecuador 581 1 1
52 Cameroon 580 -5 -20
53 Honduras 559 4 4
53 Morocco 559 3 -7
55 Romania 556 0 -19
56 Tunisia 555 4 14
56 Wales 555 -11 -64
58 Ukraine 552 0 1
59 Libya 547 6 43
60 Cape Verde Islands 544 6 44
61 Burkina Faso 534 -7 -44
62 Sierra Leone 521 1 2
63 Estonia 514 -4 -28
64 Belarus 507 -3 -22
65 Costa Rica 493 -3 -29
66 Poland 492 -2 -14
67 Canada 491 16 66
68 Mali 488 0 15
69 Haiti 472 38 165
70 China PR 468 0 5
71 Latvia 466 4 19
72 Guinea 464 3 17
73 Albania 463 -2 1
73 El Salvador 463 9 37
75 Austria 459 -3 1
76 Zambia 455 4 23
77 Georgia 451 -10 -24
78 Jordan 450 3 22
78 Uzbekistan 450 -5 -2
80 Zimbabwe 448 -6 0
81 Gabon 445 -13 -28
82 Trinidad and Tobago 434 -3 1
83 Finland 430 -5 -8
84 Angola 412 2 8
85 Bulgaria 409 -10 -38
86 Malawi 407 1 7
87 Qatar 404 5 33
88 Northern Ireland 403 -4 -18
89 Guatemala 397 10 57
90 Cuba 390 10 58
91 Saudi Arabia 383 7 42
92 Lithuania 382 -7 -34
93 Antigua and Barbuda 381 -3 0
94 Uganda 376 -6 -17
95 Iraq 374 -4 -5
96 Niger 373 -1 21
97 Botswana 372 -8 -14
98 Kuwait 371 -2 21
99 FYR Macedonia 359 -6 -2
100 Togo 350 -6 -9
101 Guyana 326 -4 -20
102 Iceland 325 6 25
103 Mozambique 324 7 43
104 Oman 309 -1 -8
105 Grenada 308 11 38
106 Bahrain 301 -5 -23
107 Sudan 300 -5 -23
108 Rwanda 298 4 21
109 Syria 292 -3 -17
110 Faroe Islands 285 12 28
111 Liberia 282 10 24
112 Congo 281 26 94
113 Gambia 280 -2 0
114 Bolivia 275 1 2
115 Namibia 274 12 26
116 Puerto Rico 272 21 73
117 New Zealand 271 -12 -39
118 Bermuda 269 14 44
118 Dominican Republic 269 10 24
120 United Arab Emirates 264 -7 -12
121 Cyprus 263 -1 4
122 Azerbaijan 261 -5 -4
122 Suriname 261 -18 -52
124 Benin 257 -5 -3
125 Congo DR 256 8 33
126 Luxembourg 252 -8 -11
126 St. Kitts and Nevis 252 -17 -37
128 Central African Republic 251 -3 0
129 Liechtenstein 246 -3 -3
130 Thailand 245 -16 -30
131 Korea DPR 243 -7 -11
132 Kenya 240 3 35
133 Vietnam 234 1 12
134 Tanzania 233 -3 2
135 Ethiopia 230 1 29
136 Moldova 229 -13 -26
137 Kazakhstan 219 -8 -16
138 St. Vincent and the Grenadines 208 8 37
139 Tajikistan 207 -9 -25
140 Burundi 201 1 18
141 Bangladesh 181 0 -2
142 Indonesia 177 -2 -7
143 Nepal 165 1 -11
144 Turkmenistan 164 1 -8
145 Belize 161 -2 -16
145 Equatorial Guinea 161 10 21
147 Curacao 154 24 55
148 Yemen 153 1 -5
149 Singapore 146 -10 -39
150 Lebanon 144 -4 -27
151 Bahamas 141 3 0
151 Nicaragua 141 9 26
153 Malta 139 5 12
154 Barbados 138 -6 -26
154 Chad 138 -2 -13
156 Malaysia 137 -5 -18
157 Fiji 133 -8 -25
158 Philippines 130 0 3
159 Guinea-Bissau 129 8 23
160 India 126 0 11
161 New Caledonia 116 -5 -12
162 Palestine 113 2 1
163 Chinese Taipei 109 3 1
164 Lesotho 108 -2 -6
165 Maldives 106 -3 -8
165 Mongolia 106 2 0
167 Hong Kong 105 -11 -23
168 Madagascar 104 -3 -7
169 Cambodia 103 7 18
169 Myanmar 103 1 2
171 Vanuatu 96 3 8
172 Aruba 92 0 0
173 Dominica 90 -21 -61
174 Pakistan 87 -1 -4
175 Laos 86 6 12
176 Sri Lanka 85 1 2
177 US Virgin Islands 82 -8 -22
178 St. Lucia 81 1 3
179 Afghanistan 77 5 8
180 Solomon Islands 75 0 0
180 Swaziland 75 -5 -12
182 Tahiti 73 0 0
183 Seychelles 69 -5 -13
184 Eritrea 65 6 37
185 Comoros 55 -2 -17
186 Cayman Islands 48 -1 -3
187 Kyrgyzstan 42 -1 -7
188 Guam 36 -1 0
189 Papua New Guinea 34 -1 0
190 Mauritius 27 -1 -5
191 Macau 26 0 1
192 British Virgin Islands 23 0 0
192 Somalia 23 0 0
194 Turks and Caicos Islands 13 0 0
195 Cook Islands 10 1 0
196 Anguilla 9 1 0
197 Bhutan 6 2 0
197 Brunei Darussalam 6 0 -3
199 Djibouti 5 -4 -7
200 Mauritania 4 0 0
201 Tonga 3 0 0
202 Timor-Leste 2 -1 -1
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
203 Sao Tome e Principe 0 5 0

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FIFA Ranking: November 2011 probable results

Here are the probable results used for the November 2011 probable ranking. They are generated using the Elo Ratings.

Only matches displayed on FIFA.com this morning around 8:00 CET.

Before posting comments like: "Hey my team actually beat the other team! It's a mistake!" please read the previous paragraph again and look when these results were posted (Yes, before the matches actually took place!) ;)

1 - First team wins
X - Draw
2 - Second team wins

31/Oct Namibia - Lesotho 1 (Friendly)
03/Nov Thailand - Nepal 1 (Friendly)
10/Nov Gabon - Brazil 2 (Friendly)
11/Nov Ukraine - Germany 2 (Friendly)
11/Nov Paraguay - Ecuador 1 (FIFA World Cup Qualifier)
11/Nov Uruguay - Chile 1 (FIFA World Cup Qualifier)
11/Nov Argentina - Bolivia 1 (FIFA World Cup Qualifier)
11/Nov Colombia - Venezuela 1 (FIFA World Cup Qualifier)
11/Nov Suriname - El Salvador 2 (FIFA World Cup Qualifier)
11/Nov Guyana - Trinidad and Tobago X (FIFA World Cup Qualifier)
11/Nov Nicaragua - Dominica 1 (FIFA World Cup Qualifier)
11/Nov Dominican Republic - Cayman Islands 1 (FIFA World Cup Qualifier)
11/Nov St. Lucia - Puerto Rico X (FIFA World Cup Qualifier)
11/Nov Bermuda - Barbados 1 (FIFA World Cup Qualifier)
11/Nov St. Kitts and Nevis - Canada 2 (FIFA World Cup Qualifier)
11/Nov Antigua and Barbuda - Haiti X (FIFA World Cup Qualifier)
11/Nov US Virgin Islands - Curacao 2 (FIFA World Cup Qualifier)
11/Nov Guatemala - Grenada 1 (FIFA World Cup Qualifier)
11/Nov Belize - St. Vincent and the Grenadines X (FIFA World Cup Qualifier)
11/Nov Poland - Italy X (Friendly)
11/Nov Panama - Costa Rica 1 (Friendly)
11/Nov Bosnia-Herzegovina - Portugal 2 (Continental Qualifier)
11/Nov Czech Republic - Montenegro 1 (Continental Qualifier)
11/Nov Estonia - Republic of Ireland 2 (Continental Qualifier)
11/Nov Turkey - Croatia X (Continental Qualifier)
11/Nov Belgium - Romania X (Friendly)
11/Nov Denmark - Sweden X (Friendly)
11/Nov Georgia - Moldova 1 (Friendly)
11/Nov Albania - Azerbaijan 1 (Friendly)
11/Nov Greece - Russia 1 (Friendly)
11/Nov Hungary - Liechtenstein 1 (Friendly)
11/Nov Tajikistan - Japan 2 (FIFA World Cup Qualifier)
11/Nov Sao Tome e Principe - Congo 2 (FIFA World Cup Qualifier)
11/Nov Djibouti - Namibia 2 (FIFA World Cup Qualifier)
11/Nov Comoros - Mozambique 2 (FIFA World Cup Qualifier)
11/Nov Eritrea - Rwanda X (FIFA World Cup Qualifier)
11/Nov Chad - Tanzania X (FIFA World Cup Qualifier)
11/Nov Equatorial Guinea - Madagascar 1 (FIFA World Cup Qualifier)
11/Nov Guinea-Bissau - Togo X (FIFA World Cup Qualifier)
11/Nov United Arab Emirates - Korea Republic 2 (FIFA World Cup Qualifier)
11/Nov Iraq - China PR X (FIFA World Cup Qualifier)
11/Nov Kuwait - Lebanon 1 (FIFA World Cup Qualifier)
11/Nov Cameroon - Sudan 1 (Friendly)
11/Nov Jordan - Singapore 1 (FIFA World Cup Qualifier)
11/Nov Uzbekistan - Korea DPR 1 (FIFA World Cup Qualifier)
11/Nov Oman - Australia 2 (FIFA World Cup Qualifier)
11/Nov Mauritius - Liberia 2 (FIFA World Cup Qualifier)
11/Nov Bahrain - Iran 2 (FIFA World Cup Qualifier)
11/Nov Qatar - Indonesia 1 (FIFA World Cup Qualifier)
11/Nov Swaziland - Congo DR 2 (FIFA World Cup Qualifier)
11/Nov Saudi Arabia - Thailand 1 (FIFA World Cup Qualifier)
11/Nov Lesotho - Burundi X (FIFA World Cup Qualifier)
11/Nov Netherlands - Switzerland 1 (Friendly)
11/Nov Morocco - Uganda 1 (Friendly)
11/Nov France - USA 1 (Friendly)
12/Nov Algeria - Tunisia X (Friendly)
12/Nov South Africa - Côte d'Ivoire 2 (Friendly)
12/Nov Wales - Norway X (Friendly)
12/Nov Somalia - Ethiopia 2 (FIFA World Cup Qualifier)
12/Nov Seychelles - Kenya 2 (FIFA World Cup Qualifier)
12/Nov England - Spain 2 (Friendly)
13/Nov India - Malaysia 1 (Friendly)
13/Nov Morocco - Cameroon X (Friendly)
13/Nov Sudan - Uganda 2 (Friendly)
14/Nov Brazil - Egypt 1 (Friendly)
15/Nov Germany - Netherlands 1 (Friendly)
15/Nov Ukraine - Austria 1 (Friendly)
15/Nov Ecuador - Peru X (FIFA World Cup Qualifier)
15/Nov Venezuela - Bolivia 1 (FIFA World Cup Qualifier)
15/Nov Chile - Paraguay 1 (FIFA World Cup Qualifier)
15/Nov Colombia - Argentina X (FIFA World Cup Qualifier)
15/Nov El Salvador - Suriname 1 (FIFA World Cup Qualifier)
15/Nov Barbados - Bermuda X (FIFA World Cup Qualifier)
15/Nov Panama - Dominica 1 (FIFA World Cup Qualifier)
15/Nov Trinidad and Tobago - Guyana 1 (FIFA World Cup Qualifier)
15/Nov Cayman Islands - Dominican Republic 2 (FIFA World Cup Qualifier)
15/Nov Canada - St. Kitts and Nevis 1 (FIFA World Cup Qualifier)
15/Nov Puerto Rico - St. Lucia 1 (FIFA World Cup Qualifier)
15/Nov St. Vincent and the Grenadines - Belize 1 (FIFA World Cup Qualifier)
15/Nov Curacao - US Virgin Islands 1 (FIFA World Cup Qualifier)
15/Nov Haiti - Antigua and Barbuda 1 (FIFA World Cup Qualifier)
15/Nov Grenada - Guatemala 2 (FIFA World Cup Qualifier)
15/Nov Italy - Uruguay X (Friendly)
15/Nov Algeria - Cameroon X (Friendly)
15/Nov Costa Rica - Spain 2 (Friendly)
15/Nov FYR Macedonia - Albania 1 (Friendly)
15/Nov Portugal - Bosnia-Herzegovina 1 (Continental Qualifier)
15/Nov Republic of Ireland - Estonia 1 (Continental Qualifier)
15/Nov Croatia - Turkey 1 (Continental Qualifier)
15/Nov Montenegro - Czech Republic X (Continental Qualifier)
15/Nov France - Belgium 1 (Friendly)
15/Nov Poland - Hungary 1 (Friendly)
15/Nov Slovenia - USA X (Friendly)
15/Nov Lebanon - Korea Republic 2 (FIFA World Cup Qualifier)
15/Nov Madagascar - Equatorial Guinea X (FIFA World Cup Qualifier)
15/Nov Congo - Sao Tome e Principe 1 (FIFA World Cup Qualifier)
15/Nov Burundi - Lesotho 1 (FIFA World Cup Qualifier)
15/Nov Rwanda - Eritrea 1 (FIFA World Cup Qualifier)
15/Nov Togo - Guinea-Bissau 1 (FIFA World Cup Qualifier)
15/Nov Congo DR - Swaziland 1 (FIFA World Cup Qualifier)
15/Nov Korea DPR - Japan 2 (FIFA World Cup Qualifier)
15/Nov Tanzania - Chad 1 (FIFA World Cup Qualifier)
15/Nov Kenya - Seychelles 1 (FIFA World Cup Qualifier)
15/Nov Kuwait - United Arab Emirates 1 (FIFA World Cup Qualifier)
15/Nov Jordan - Iraq 1 (FIFA World Cup Qualifier)
15/Nov Uzbekistan - Tajikistan 1 (FIFA World Cup Qualifier)
15/Nov Thailand - Australia 2 (FIFA World Cup Qualifier)
15/Nov Indonesia - Iran 2 (FIFA World Cup Qualifier)
15/Nov Qatar - Bahrain 1 (FIFA World Cup Qualifier)
15/Nov Mozambique - Comoros 1 (FIFA World Cup Qualifier)
15/Nov Singapore - China PR 2 (FIFA World Cup Qualifier)
15/Nov Saudi Arabia - Oman 1 (FIFA World Cup Qualifier)
15/Nov Namibia - Djibouti 1 (FIFA World Cup Qualifier)
15/Nov Liberia - Mauritius 1 (FIFA World Cup Qualifier)
15/Nov England - Sweden 1 (Friendly)
15/Nov Luxembourg - Switzerland 2 (Friendly)
16/Nov Morocco - Gabon 1 (Friendly)
16/Nov India - Malaysia 1 (Friendly)
16/Nov Ethiopia - Somalia 1 (FIFA World Cup Qualifier)

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FIFA Ranking: November 2011 preview

Next update: 18 November 2011.

Sao Tome e Principe will return to the ranking if they don't withdraw from the World Cup qualifiers.

Most points dropped (best case scenario):

-44 - Burkina Faso
-39 - New Zealand
-38 - Bulgaria
-34 - Lithuania
-28 - Wales
-25 - Fiji
-24 - Georgia
-23 - Hong Kong
-22 - Belarus
-18 - Northern Ireland

Most points gained (worst case scenario):

58 - Cuba
44 - Cape Verde Islands
43 - Libya
38 - Grenada
32 - Scotland
28 - Faroe Islands
27 - Haiti
25 - Iceland
23 - Zambia
21 - Ghana and Niger


October 2011 rank - Country - October 2011 points - Minimum points - Maximum points


1 Spain 1624 1553 1634
2 Netherlands 1425 1349 1452
3 Germany 1352 1289 1367
4 Uruguay 1230 1187 1309
5 Brazil 1144 1090 1143
6 Italy 1135 1048 1131
7 England 1101 1045 1173
8 Greece 1044 990 1041
8 Portugal 1044 921 1190
10 Argentina 1030 997 1088
10 Denmark 1030 1002 1064
12 Croatia 1015 933 1170
13 Russia 975 953 1006
14 Sweden 955 891 987
15 France 953 866 940
16 Chile 941 890 1062
17 Japan 924 854 917
18 Switzerland 920 849 942
19 Côte d'Ivoire 898 893 948
20 Australia 868 818 888
21 Bosnia-Herzegovina 864 798 1038
22 Mexico 860 866 866
23 Serbia 854 847 847
24 Norway 838 788 839
25 Republic of Ireland 812 763 914
26 Turkey 803 722 1004
27 Slovenia 787 780 832
28 Paraguay 785 736 867
29 Egypt 775 757 806
30 Colombia 757 676 894
31 Korea Republic 754 704 755
32 Peru 746 712 786
33 Ghana 734 755 755
34 USA 720 691 754
35 Algeria 713 632 758
36 Hungary 701 645 702
37 Belgium 670 591 681
38 Israel 669 665 665
39 Montenegro 655 586 873
40 Venezuela 632 608 704
41 Slovakia 629 648 648
42 Iran 626 579 643
42 Senegal 626 639 639
44 Nigeria 625 638 638
45 Wales 619 538 591
46 Armenia 608 612 612
47 Cameroon 600 528 633
47 Czech Republic 600 548 749
49 South Africa 595 595 654
50 Jamaica 592 609 609
51 Scotland 581 613 613
52 Ecuador 580 556 706
53 Panama 579 553 586
54 Burkina Faso 578 534 534
55 Romania 575 543 581
56 Morocco 566 474 588
57 Honduras 555 559 559
58 Ukraine 551 520 601
59 Estonia 542 514 689
60 Tunisia 541 537 591
61 Belarus 529 507 507
62 Costa Rica 522 493 540
63 Sierra Leone 519 521 521
64 Poland 506 443 520
65 Libya 504 547 547
66 Cape Verde Islands 500 544 544
67 Georgia 475 426 451
68 Gabon 473 445 576
68 Mali 473 488 488
70 China PR 463 435 492
71 Albania 462 440 492
72 Austria 458 459 498
73 Uzbekistan 452 398 450
74 Zimbabwe 448 448 448
75 Bulgaria 447 409 409
75 Guinea 447 464 464
75 Latvia 447 466 466
78 Finland 438 430 430
79 Trinidad and Tobago 433 334 485
80 Zambia 432 455 455
81 Jordan 428 400 450
82 El Salvador 426 399 463
83 Canada 425 382 491
84 Northern Ireland 421 403 403
85 Lithuania 416 382 382
86 Angola 404 412 412
87 Malawi 400 407 407
88 Uganda 393 360 399
89 Botswana 386 372 372
90 Antigua and Barbuda 381 362 474
91 Iraq 379 362 429
92 Qatar 371 353 404
93 FYR Macedonia 361 320 359
94 Togo 359 289 381
95 Niger 352 373 373
96 Kuwait 350 336 371
97 Guyana 346 304 437
98 Saudi Arabia 341 324 383
99 Guatemala 340 323 397
100 Cuba 332 390 390
101 Bahrain 324 301 396
102 Sudan 323 300 345
103 Oman 317 309 422
104 Suriname 313 261 456
105 New Zealand 310 271 271
106 Syria 309 292 292
107 Haiti 307 334 541
108 Iceland 300 325 325
109 St. Kitts and Nevis 289 252 445
110 Mozambique 281 243 324
111 Gambia 280 280 280
112 Rwanda 277 244 324
113 United Arab Emirates 276 264 357
114 Thailand 275 235 366
115 Bolivia 273 275 463
116 Grenada 270 308 387
117 Azerbaijan 265 261 300
118 Luxembourg 263 252 306
119 Benin 260 257 257
120 Cyprus 259 263 263
121 Liberia 258 210 282
122 Faroe Islands 257 285 285
123 Moldova 255 229 269
124 Korea DPR 254 243 349
125 Central African Republic 251 251 251
126 Liechtenstein 249 246 307
127 Namibia 248 188 274
128 Dominican Republic 245 203 269
129 Kazakhstan 235 219 219
130 Tajikistan 232 207 373
131 Tanzania 231 211 245
132 Bermuda 225 193 307
133 Congo DR 223 207 256
134 Vietnam 222 234 234
135 Kenya 205 204 240
136 Ethiopia 201 184 230
137 Puerto Rico 199 199 309
138 Congo 187 173 281
139 Singapore 185 146 260
140 Indonesia 184 177 272
141 Bangladesh 183 181 181
141 Burundi 183 165 219
143 Belize 177 151 215
144 Nepal 176 165 185
145 Turkmenistan 172 164 164
146 Lebanon 171 144 304
146 St. Vincent and the Grenadines 171 157 233
148 Barbados 164 125 206
149 Fiji 158 133 133
149 Yemen 158 153 153
151 Malaysia 155 137 153
152 Chad 151 113 262
152 Dominica 151 90 350
154 Bahamas 141 141 141
155 Equatorial Guinea 140 108 188
156 Hong Kong 128 105 105
156 New Caledonia 128 116 116
158 Malta 127 139 139
158 Philippines 127 130 130
160 India 115 106 126
160 Nicaragua 115 108 141
162 Lesotho 114 87 245
162 Maldives 114 106 106
164 Palestine 112 113 113
165 Madagascar 111 89 181
166 Chinese Taipei 108 109 109
167 Guinea-Bissau 106 96 292
167 Mongolia 106 106 106
169 US Virgin Islands 104 82 155
170 Myanmar 101 103 103
171 Curacao 99 88 154
172 Aruba 92 92 92
173 Pakistan 91 87 87
174 Vanuatu 88 96 96
175 Swaziland 87 75 147
176 Cambodia 85 103 103
177 Sri Lanka 83 85 85
178 Seychelles 82 69 208
179 St. Lucia 78 65 158
180 Solomon Islands 75 75 75
181 Laos 74 86 86
182 Tahiti 73 73 73
183 Comoros 72 55 184
184 Afghanistan 69 77 77
185 Cayman Islands 51 48 206
186 Kyrgyzstan 49 42 42
187 Guam 36 36 36
188 Papua New Guinea 34 34 34
189 Mauritius 32 27 129
190 Eritrea 28 28 255
191 Macau 25 26 26
192 British Virgin Islands 23 23 23
192 Somalia 23 23 188
194 Turks and Caicos Islands 13 13 13
195 Djibouti 12 5 194
196 Cook Islands 10 10 10
197 Anguilla 9 9 9
197 Brunei Darussalam 9 6 6
199 Bhutan 6 6 6
200 Mauritania 4 4 4
201 Timor-Leste 3 2 2
201 Tonga 3 3 3
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
- Sao Tome e Principe 0 0 160

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