Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Italy back in the top spot - FIFA rankings

Italy might not get to host Euro 2012 but they do get the top spot in the FIFA rankings. I'm sure all of Italy is excited about that.

The US moved up one spot to 29th while Mexico popped up three places to return to the full top 20.

And here is the top 20:
RankTeamMarch RankChange
1Italy21
2Argentina1-1
3Brazil30
4France40
5Germany 50
6Netherlands71
7Portugal81
8England6-2
9Spain101
10Czech Republic9-1
11Ukraine110
12Croatia120
13Cameroon185
14Romania140
15Greece13-2
16Russia237
17Turkey 2710
18Mexico213
19Scotland16-3
20Switzerland17-3


With Russia, Turkey and Mexico moving into the top 20, there had to be three teams falling out. Those teams are Sweden (down nine to 24th), Côte d'Ivoire (down five to 25th) and Ghana (down nine to 28th).

The biggest gains of the month went to Republic of Ireland (31st), Equatorial Guinea (87th) and Azerbaijan (103rd) who all moved up 20 spots, Kazakhstan (116th) who rocketed up 27 places and little Liechtenstein (131) who flew up 31 notches.

Meanwhile, those going in the other direction the fastest were Lithuania (89th) down 13, Tajikistan (145th) down 18 and Bangladesh (176th) down 21.

As far as the US's competition in their upcoming summer tournaments, this is what they will face in the first round:

Concacaf Gold Cup
Trinidad and Tobago - 66
Guatemala - 90
El Salvador - 143

Copa America
Argentina - 2
Paraguay - 35
Colombia - 26

Here is the same information for Mexico:
Concacaf Gold Cup
Panama - 56
Honduras - 52
Cuba - 65

Copa America
Brazil - 3
Ecuador - 30
Chile - 37

Just by the rankings, which means very little, the US will have an easier time in the Gold Cup but a slightly harder time in Copa America.

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3 Comments:

Anonymous ag said...

Viva Azzurri!!! :)

12:53 AM  
Blogger dakelly90 said...

Ireland are going to win euro 2012...and then they will be top ranked country

9:52 AM  
Anonymous mbt said...

wooowww

2:04 AM  

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