Wednesday, March 15, 2006

US is fifth best team in the world

The new FIFA world rankings are out and, thanks to their solid performance in practice matches over the last month, the US is now ranked as the 5th best team in the world. This is the best ranking ever by the US men's team.

This also marks the first time since June 2003 that the US has outranked Mexico. Here is the full top 20 list:

Pos - Team - Pts - (Feb Rank)
1 Brazil 835 (1)
2 Czech Republic 789 (2)
3 Netherlands 788 (3)
4 Argentina 765 (4)
5 USA 764 (6)
6 Spain 763 (6)
7 Mexico 762 (6)
8 France 767 (5)
9 England 756 (9)
10 Portugal 755 (10)

11 Turkey 743 (11)
12 Nigeria 738 (12)
12 Italy 738 (12)
14 Denmark 736 (14)
15 Cameroon 726 (16)
16 Sweden 725 (15)
17 Egypt 714 (17)
18 Japan 712 (18)
19 Iran 705 (22)
19 Croatia 705 (23)

Both Greece (21) and Germany (22) droped out of the top 20.

The biggest winners of the month are Equatorial Guinea, who moved 8 spots to 165th, Yemen, who jumped 9 spaces to 130th and Palestine who just flew up the chart 17 places to 121st.

On the falling side of things, a handful of others fell 4 places (Libya (84), Algeria (85) and Liberia(139)), North Korea slipped five places to 87th, but the biggest drop was Albania who go down 6 places to 88th in the world.

Just so you know, Ghana, the only team from Group E not in the top 20, is fell two spots to 50th place.

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Blogger gjmcallister said...

why didn't anybody tell me? kick butt! i love taunting the brazies that we're going to beat them in the 2nd round. when the topic - world cup - get's brought up they get nervous, for real. they were traumatized by 2002 and are faithful in their believe that the final was rigged. They don't want their beloved team to flop again, this year.

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