FIFA Ranking – No Changes At The Top
Since world football’s big guns have not been in action recently, it is a case of “as you were” at the top of January’s FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking, with leading trio Argentina, Brazil and Italy and the next 15 positions below them all unchanged.
The first movers are Nigeria (19-th, up 1), who recently defeated Sudan in a friendly match They, together with other African teams who have been active in the past few weeks, are this month’s most notable climbers.
Particularly worthy of mention is the progress made by Egypt (35-th, up 4) and Tunisia (46-th, up 1), while outside the top 50, Ethiopia (90-th , up 15) and Mauritania (112-th, up 18) have taken significant strides. Armenia (85-th, up 8) are also among this month’s gainers thanks to the devaluation of some poor results from last year.
Due to the low level of movement upanddowntheranking, the composition of the top 50 also remains unchanged compared to last month. Europe has the most teams in the top 50 (28), followed by Africa (10), South America (6), Asia (4) and North and Central America and the Caribbean (2). Meanwhile, New Zealand (94-th, up 1) remain Oceania’s top-ranked team.
Forty international “A” matches were taken into account in compiling the first FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking for 2008, all friendly matches, of which 28 were played in the second half of December 2007.