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Friday, January 10, 2014

FIFA Ranking: January 2014 final preview

I expect FIFA to include all 2014 CHAN matches in the February ranking.

Albania will overtake Norway for the first time ever.
Tajikistan will overtake Iraq for the first time ever.

Best movers:

13 - Saudi Arabia
10 - Egypt
9 - South Africa



Worst movers:

-8 - Gabon
-7 - Jordan and Gambia
-6 - Syria

Best movers in the top 50:

10 - Egypt
4 - Cape Verde Islands and Tunisia
3 - Mali

Worst movers:

-4 - Scotland, Armenia and Venezuela
-2 - Peru, Turkey and Hungary

One team will improve its best ever ranking:

Cape Verde Islands (35 - 36 in August 2013)

One team will return to its worst ever ranking:

Norway (59 - 59 in December 2008)

One team will fall to new lows:

Yemen (180 - 179 in December 2013)

Some teams will reach their best ranking in the last couple of years:

Myanmar (129 - 126 in March 2001) - 12 years and 10 months
United Arab Emirates (63 - 59 in August 2002) - 11 years and 5 months
Liberia (97 - 96 in May 2003) - 10 years and 8 months
Malta (130 - 124 in September 2007) - 6 years and 4 months
Oman (79 - 79 in December 2009) - 4 years and 1 month
Hong Kong (137 - 136 in September 2010) - 3 years and 4 months
Saudi Arabia (74 - 68 in November 2010) - 3 years and 2 months
Egypt (31 - 31 in December 2011) - 2 years and 1 month
South Africa (53 - 52 in December 2011) - 2 years and 1 month

Others will drop to their worst ever ranking in the last couple of years:

Iraq (115 - 129 in November 1996) - 17 years and 2 months
Guyana (151 - 162 in May 2006) - 7 years and 8 months
Norway (59 - 59 in January 2009) - 5 years
Georgia (102 - 110 in August 2010) - 3 years and 5 months
St. Kitts and Nevis (150 - 151 in September 2010) - 3 years and 4 months
St. Vincent and the Grenadines (155 - 158 in September 2011) - 2 years and 4 months
Gabon (85 - 91 in January 2012) - 2 years

Myanmar will be ranked above Syria for the first time in the last 15 years and 4 months.
United Arab Emirates will be ranked above Republic of Ireland for the first time in the last 15 years and 1 month.
United Arab Emirates will be ranked above Finland for the first time in the last 14 years.
South Africa will be ranked above Korea Republic for the first time in the last 10 years and 4 months.
South Africa will be ranked above Norway for the first time in the last 9 years and 11 months.
South Africa will be ranked above Australia for the first time in the last 8 years and 2 months.
Cape Verde Islands will be ranked above Peru for the first time in the last 7 years and 2 months.
Tunisia will be ranked above Japan for the first time in the last 6 years and 5 months.
Congo DR will be ranked above Belarus for the first time in the last 6 years and 3 months.

January 2014 rank - Team - January 2014 points - +/- Ranking - +/- Points


1 Spain 1507 0 0
2 Germany 1318 0 0
3 Argentina 1251 0 0
4 Colombia 1200 0 0
5 Portugal 1172 0 0
6 Uruguay 1132 0 0
7 Italy 1120 0 0
8 Switzerland 1113 0 0
9 Netherlands 1106 0 0
10 Brazil 1102 0 0
11 Belgium 1098 0 0
12 Greece 1055 0 0
13 England 1041 0 0
14 USA 1019 0 0
15 Chile 1005 0 -9
16 Croatia 971 0 0
17 Côte d'Ivoire 912 0 -6
18 Ukraine 907 0 0
19 Bosnia-Herzegovina 899 0 0
20 France 893 0 0
21 Mexico 892 0 0
22 Russia 870 0 0
23 Ecuador 852 0 0
24 Ghana 851 0 2
25 Denmark 831 0 0
26 Sweden 793 1 0
27 Algeria 792 -1 -8
28 Czech Republic 766 0 0
29 Slovenia 762 0 0
30 Serbia 752 0 0
31 Egypt 748 10 53
32 Costa Rica 743 -1 2
33 Romania 734 -1 0
34 Iran 727 -1 7
35 Cape Verde Islands 726 4 28
36 Panama 722 2 17
37 Nigeria 719 0 9
38 Scotland 717 -4 0
39 Armenia 716 -4 0
40 Venezuela 715 -4 4
41 Peru 698 -2 0
42 Mali 694 3 30
43 Honduras 692 -1 2
44 Tunisia 689 4 57
45 Turkey 677 -2 0
46 Hungary 668 -2 0
47 Austria 648 -1 0
48 Japan 641 -1 3
49 Iceland 624 0 0
50 Cameroon 616 0 1
51 Paraguay 607 0 7
52 Montenegro 594 0 0
53 Burkina Faso 585 0 -6
53 South Africa 585 9 31
55 Korea Republic 581 -1 4
56 Wales 574 0 0
57 Albania 571 0 0
57 Australia 571 1 6
59 Norway 558 -5 -19
60 Slovakia 557 0 0
61 Guinea 555 0 0
62 Libya 552 -3 -6
63 Israel 548 0 0
63 United Arab Emirates 548 8 41
65 Uzbekistan 546 3 20
66 Finland 539 -2 0
67 Republic of Ireland 528 0 0
68 Senegal 526 -3 -10
69 Bolivia 519 1 0
69 Zambia 519 0 -4
71 Togo 509 1 5
72 Jordan 504 -7 -32
73 Morocco 501 0 11
74 Saudi Arabia 487 13 96
75 Bulgaria 486 -1 0
76 Sierra Leone 464 -1 -7
77 Poland 461 -1 0
78 Trinidad and Tobago 441 0 0
79 Haiti 440 0 0
79 Oman 440 6 32
81 Congo DR 439 1 12
81 Jamaica 439 -1 0
83 Belarus 431 -2 0
84 FYR Macedonia 425 -1 0
85 Congo 421 -1 0
85 Gabon 421 -8 -32
87 Uganda 401 -1 -1
88 El Salvador 395 2 17
89 Angola 384 -1 0
90 Northern Ireland 381 -1 0
91 New Zealand 378 -1 0
92 China PR 376 0 0
93 Estonia 366 1 3
94 Azerbaijan 363 0 0
95 Ethiopia 361 -2 -13
96 Moldova 359 0 0
97 Botswana 354 0 -3
97 Liberia 354 1 0
99 Benin 335 0 -7
100 Cuba 334 0 0
101 Qatar 333 2 8
102 Georgia 330 -1 0
103 Lithuania 326 -1 0
104 Niger 318 0 0
105 Zimbabwe 313 2 14
106 Kuwait 311 -1 -4
107 Central African Republic 310 -1 0
108 Equatorial Guinea 309 0 15
109 Kenya 304 0 11
110 Bahrain 299 0 7
111 Canada 291 1 0
112 Guatemala 286 1 -1
113 Tajikistan 285 1 -1
114 Dominican Republic 282 1 0
115 Iraq 280 -5 -12
116 Latvia 272 0 0
117 Malawi 265 -1 -7
117 Mozambique 265 1 1
119 Tanzania 261 1 5
120 Sudan 258 -1 -1
121 New Caledonia 249 0 0
122 Luxembourg 243 1 0
123 Lebanon 236 -2 -13
124 Burundi 230 0 -9
125 Cyprus 229 1 0
125 Namibia 229 0 -8
127 Philippines 219 0 0
128 Kazakhstan 216 0 0
129 Myanmar 204 1 0
130 Malta 198 2 0
130 Rwanda 198 3 1
132 Suriname 197 1 0
133 Turkmenistan 195 2 0
134 Grenada 194 2 0
135 Korea DPR 188 3 1
135 Syria 188 -6 -19
137 Hong Kong 185 3 1
138 Afghanistan 184 2 0
138 Gambia 184 -7 -18
138 Lesotho 184 0 -3
141 Tahiti 179 2 0
142 Palestine 174 -5 -18
143 Vietnam 166 1 -1
144 Antigua and Barbuda 164 1 0
145 Mauritania 161 -3 -19
146 Kyrgyzstan 155 1 0
146 St. Lucia 155 1 0
148 Thailand 153 -2 -9
149 Singapore 152 1 3
150 St. Kitts and Nevis 150 -1 0
151 Guyana 149 -1 0
152 Belize 146 7 10
153 Laos 144 -1 0
154 Malaysia 143 0 2
155 St. Vincent and the Grenadines 142 -2 0
156 India 141 -2 0
156 Liechtenstein 141 -2 0
156 Puerto Rico 141 -2 0
159 Nicaragua 137 1 7
160 Sao Tome e Principe 126 -2 -13
161 Indonesia 124 0 1
162 Guam 123 -1 0
163 Maldives 120 0 0
164 Bangladesh 116 0 0
164 Chad 116 0 0
166 Barbados 101 0 0
167 Chinese Taipei 95 0 0
167 Dominica 95 0 0
169 Sri Lanka 90 0 0
170 Aruba 87 0 0
170 Faroe Islands 87 0 0
172 Nepal 86 0 0
172 Pakistan 86 0 0
172 Solomon Islands 86 0 0
175 Bermuda 83 0 0
176 Seychelles 67 0 0
177 Mauritius 66 0 0
178 Curacao 65 0 0
179 Vanuatu 53 1 0
180 Yemen 50 -1 -4
181 Mongolia 49 0 0
182 Fiji 47 0 0
183 Samoa 45 0 0
184 Guinea-Bissau 42 0 0
185 Bahamas 40 0 0
186 Swaziland 37 0 0
187 Madagascar 33 0 0
187 Montserrat 33 0 0
189 Cambodia 28 0 0
190 Brunei Darussalam 26 0 0
190 Timor-Leste 26 0 0
190 Tonga 26 0 0
193 US Virgin Islands 23 0 0
194 Cayman Islands 21 0 0
194 Papua New Guinea 21 0 0
196 American Samoa 18 0 0
196 British Virgin Islands 18 0 0
198 Andorra 17 0 0
198 Comoros 17 0 0
200 Eritrea 11 0 0
201 Macau 10 0 0
201 South Sudan 10 0 0
203 Somalia 8 0 0
204 Djibouti 6 0 0
205 Cook Islands 5 0 0
206 Anguilla 3 0 0
207 Bhutan 0 0 0
207 San Marino 0 0 0
207 Turks and Caicos Islands 0 0 0

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