Wednesday, October 24, 2007

October 2007 FIFA Rankings - Argentina takes the top spot

The October rankings are out and Argentina has returned to the top spot. They last held the #1 position in March of this year. Other movement has England again falling out of the top 10 after climbing to number 9 last month while Mexico took a bit of a slide to 15th. The US holds steady at 18, which is 11 spots hirer then they were last October. However the big news is Russia who pole-vaulted 10 spots to 16th overall.

Rank Team (Last month) Points
1. Argentina (2), 1,533
2. Brazil (3), 1,459
3. Italy (1), 1,387
4. France (6), 1,271
5. Germany (4), 1,245
6. Spain (7), 1,226
7. Netherlands (5), 1,207
8. Portugal (8), 1,203
9. Czech Republic (11), 1,174
10. Croatia (10), 1,155

11. England (9), 1,137
12. Romania (12), 1,086
13. Scotland (14), 1,049
14. Greece (15), 1,034
15. Mexico (13), 978
16. Russia (26), 960
17. Uruguay (19), 900
18. United States (18), 886
19. Nigeria (23), 841
20. Poland (16), 837
Both the Ukraine (22nd) and Sweden (24th) fell out of the top 20.

Over the whole list, Georgia had the biggest upswing by ticking up 33 spots to 71st, followed by New Zealand (+28 spots to 128th) and St. Vincent and the Grenadines (+24 to 73rd).

On the downside, Bolivia went backwards 17 steps to 107th, Belarus shed 24 spots ending up in 94th and the biggest loser of all is Cape Verde Islands who dropped 36 places to land at 112th.

Here is the way CONCACAF shapes up:
15 Mexico (13)
18 USA (18)
51 Canada (54)
55 Honduras (59)
64 Cuba (71)
65 Panama (66)
66 Costa Rica (56)
68 Haiti (83)
73 St. Vincent and the Grenadines (97)
78 Trinidad and Tobago (64)

92 Guyana (103)
93 Barbados (108)
100 Guatemala (88)
103 Jamaica (96)
134 Bermuda (135)
141 El Salvador (137)
144 Suriname (143)
145 Antigua and Barbuda (131)
148 Dominican Republic (139)
156 St. Kitts and Nevis (146)

161 Nicaragua (158)
163 St. Lucia (163)
165 Grenada (162)
170 Bahamas (168)
180 British Virgin Islands (179)
181 Turks and Caicos Islands (181)
183 Netherlands Antilles (182)
187 Dominica (186)
188 Cayman Islands (188)
195 Puerto Rico (195)

197 Anguilla (197)
200 Belize (200)
200 Aruba (200)
200 US Virgin Islands (200)
200 Montserrat (200)

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4 Comments:

Anonymous Derek said...

Since 2000, the US is 9-2-1 against Mexico, outscoring them 18-4 in this decade. Mexico has failed to defeat the US in the United States during this span and the US is 1-0-1 against Mexico in neutral venues since 1980. The US eliminated Mexico from the 2002 World Cup by defeating them 2-0, and the US won the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup by downing Mexico 2-1. So my question is: What do the MNT have to do to get a higher FIFA ranking than Mexico and be the #1 ranked team in CONCACAF?

10:29 AM  
Blogger ERic said...

Beat Brazil and Argentina on a semi-regular basis, like Mexico has.

10:41 AM  
Anonymous Gabriel said...

Exactly. Mexico are 6-2-2 against Brazil in their last 10 games, while the US has beaten them once (1-12-0 all-time), I believe.

Losing 5 in a row this year doesn't help with the ranking either. Had they taken Copa America more seriously this year they'd probably be higher than Mexico. Of course, the MNT's priorities this summer didn't include these rankings, and they shouldn't have. Asserting regional dominance and getting that Confederations Cup berth were more important, even when I think that a stronger roster should have been sent to Venezuela.

Now, if they do well in the Confed Cup and keep getting friendly wins like the one in Switzerland against other European/SouthAm teams (as well as do well in the WC qualifiers...) and they'll definitely top Mexico in the rankings.

11:11 AM  
Anonymous David said...

I know it's a bit late, but really Argentina on top spot?

2:17 AM  

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