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    FIFA World Rankings

    World champions Italy have made the most notable improvement in the new FIFA world rankings. The Azzurri's 5-3 penalty victory over France in the World Cup final last Sunday has seen the Italians move up 11 places to second, only behind the five-times world champions, Brazil.

    The Brazilians keep their top spot despite being knocked out in the quarter finals to finalists France, who move up four places to fourth. Argentina also move up the rankings to third place, having previously sat in ninth. England make up the top five teams, having made a considerable improvement, moving up five places to fifth.

    Besides minimal changes to the top 10 rankings, host nation Germany were the other big movers, up 10 places to ninth, after their performances in front of their home fans guided them to third place in this year's tournament. Other improvements in rankings came for Switzerland (13th having moved up 22 places), Ukraine (15th, up 30) and Ghana (25th, up 23).

    The new rankings have seen numerous improvements for African football, with teams such as Cameroon and Nigeria finding themselves just outside of the top 10, despite not qualifying for this year's World Cup. The changes have also seen Mexico, USA, Iran, Japan and South Korea all slip down the table after disappointing tournaments.

    A new method of calculation for the rankings has been used this year. The most important change to the calculation is that it will no longer take into account the last eight years of results but only the last four (48 months). All of the other factors previously taken into account (result, importance of match, strength of opponents, regional strength, number of matches considered) have also been revised. Two of the factors, goals scored and home advantage, will no longer have any impact on the ranking.

    The next FIFA world rankings will be announced on 16 August this year.


    Top Ten
    01..Brazil (0)
    02..Italy (+11)
    03..Argentina (+6)
    04..France (+4)
    05..England (+5)
    06..Netherlands (-3)
    07..Spain (-2)
    08..Portugal (-1)
    09..Germany (+10)
    10..Czech Republic (-

    Other World Cup Teams
    13..Switzerland (+22)
    15..Ukraine (+30)
    16..USA (-11)
    18..Mexico (-14)
    19..Paraguay (+14)
    20..Ivory Coast (+12)
    22..Sweden (-6)
    23..Croatia (0)
    25..Ghana (+23)
    28..Ecuador (+11)
    30..Poland (-1)
    31..Tunisia (-10)
    33..Australia (+9)
    36..Serbia & Montenegro (+
    45..Costa Rica (-19)
    47..Iran (-24)
    48..Togo (+13)
    49..Japan (-31)
    55..Angola (+2)
    56..South Korea (-27)
    64..Trinidad & Tobago (-17)
    81..Saudi Arabia (-47)

    Home Nations
    39..Republic of Ireland (-
    41..Scotland (+1
    58..Wales (+16)
    75..Northern Ireland (+21)

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    Very surpised we only went up to #33 but its still great.

    How the hell can Uruguay who didnt make the cup go up about 20 places to 14th?

    What a drop for the Saudi's

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    Some major movers in there, maily due to fifa's repointing system

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    Its alot more accurate now. Good to see USA, Mexico and Czech rep drop down, no way should they have been that high.
    What happened to Ireand though, a few months ago we were 12th and weve only played 2 games since then, beating Sweden 3-0 and losing 1-0 to Chile.

    Something I dont get though, how can Engand go up 5 places yet Portugal drop a place? Tjhat makes no sence

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    Quote Originally Posted by Conaldinho
    Something I dont get though, how can Engand go up 5 places yet Portugal drop a place? Tjhat makes no sence
    Portugal was the host of the Euro 2004, and made only friendly games for 2 years and many of them against "poor" teams, but (-1)!?

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    Italy should be toppppp!!!

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    its good seeing mexico and usa in 14 and 15 not 4th and 5th, which they didnt deserve also good seeing czech republic got to 10th not 2nd

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    Quote Originally Posted by 9nufc9
    Very surpised we only went up to #33 but its still great.

    How the hell can Uruguay who didnt make the cup go up about 20 places to 14th?

    What a drop for the Saudi's
    It cant be right Uruguay 14th and didnt even make the finals Australia to the last 16 and ranked 33 sounds bit weird hope its not too do with money!!!

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    As I said mate, its due to a new pointing system that FIFA have adopted

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    New rankings out today??? No games have been played since the last ones so whats the point???

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