In the latest edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking,
for which only around 20 games have been taken into account,
Argentina are still out in front ahead of Brazil. The Gauchos'
cushion has, however, been reduced to a mere two points. There are
no changes in the rest of the top ten either, with the South
American duo pursued by a pack of eight European teams led by
Italy, Spain and Germany. The only movement in the top 20 sees
Cameroon (16th, up 1) trade places with Mexico (17th, down 1).
No team in the top 50 has climbed or fallen more than two positions, while there is also precious little movement further down the ranking. Over the last four weeks, only the Best Mover of 2007, Mozambique (71st, up 7) and Lebanon (140th, up 8) have gained more than five places. Two victories over the Maldives in the race to qualify for the 2011 Asian Cup have seen Lebanon become the second team to make significant progress in the last month. Another team continuing to rise is Montenegro (150th, up 3), who are once again in their best-ever position as well as in the top 150 for the first time.
All six confederations also have the same leading team as last month, with Argentina (1st), Italy (3rd), Ghana (14th), Mexico (17th), Japan (37th) and New Zealand (78th) all continuing to hold that particular honour.
The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on 4 June 2008.
You can view this month's full Ranking table by clicking on the link to the right.