Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Brazil tops no more; Italy ranked #1 - FIFA Rankings

Their domistic league might be in chaos, but Italy's national team is no ranked number one in the world, knocking Brazil out of the spot they held for 55-months.

The US managed to go from 31st to 28th with wins over Denmark in Mexico, while Mexico, whose only match was a 2-0 defeat, rose 2 spots to climb back into the top 20 at 19th.

Here is the top 20

RankTeamJan RankChange
1Italy21
2Brazil2-1
3Argentina30
4France40
5Germany 50
6England60
7 Netherlands70
8Portugal80
9Czech Republic101
10Spain121
11Ukraine132
12Croatia153
13Greece163
14Switzerland173
15Romania205
16Sweden14-2
17Cameroon 11-6
18Denmark235
19Mexico212
20Scotland266

The only team to drop out of the top 20 was Côte d'Ivoire.

What about Scotland jumping into the top 20? The US should try to line up some matches against them, Croatia and/or Ukraine done the line. Imagine playing them over there in late fall. Talk about a test.

Anyway, who did what in the standings. The big gains went to Guatemala (up 18 to 87), Trinidad and Tobago (up 19 to 68) and El Salvador (up 31 to 125). All three are CONCACAF teams.

The biggest falls were Eqypt (down 23 to 42), Nigeria (down 27 to 36) and Guinea (down 40 to 62). All three are CAF teams.

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2 Comments:

Anonymous footbal news said...

Scotland has made a great impression.They were not selected for the world cup yet they made their way into the top 20.Congrats scotland

8:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In my opinion rankings should be made by how the countries overall play, and not only based on world cup results. Either way I am disappointed by FIFA's ranking of Sweden #16. Sweden is better than England, and is WAY better than most countries between #9 and #16. How amazing is it that Sweden is ranked #16 while Greece and Romania did not even make the 2006 WC?

In my opinion, FIFA should be ranked 21 out of 20. :)

3:47 PM  

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