Euro Qualifiers with Echoes
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Even though 87 matches were taken into account for the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking, the order is again unchanged this month: the South American conquerors followed by the world champions followed by the European leaders. Only Italy (7th, up 1) and Mexico (10th, up 2) from among the top teams managed to inch their way upwards.

A number of associations, such as Sweden (25th), Poland (34th) and the minesweepers from Cyprus (74th) who neutralised Spain, came up trumps in the qualifiers for Euro 2000, all of them leaping up six places. Ukraine scored the highest jump with confident displays against Georgia and especially Russia, earning them a place in the top 50 (49th, up 19). Angola have also joined them there with their best ranking ever (46th, up 10). Lithuania's sensational victory in Oslo catapulted the Baltic state to 83rd place (up 11). The 1998 Tiger Cup finalists also reaped their rewards: winners Singapore (81st, up 11) are now perched slightly ahead of runners-up Vietnam (84th, up 14).

In spite of a promising start to the Euro championship, the Republic of Ireland were made feel the effects of last year's results by dropping six places to 54th rung. The setbacks suffered in several World Cup qualifiers last year also reverberated as far as Peru (57th, down 16) and Greece (66th, down 15).

In terms of confederations, the composition of the top 50 in September is as follows: UEFA 24 (unchanged), CONMEBOL 6 (down 2), CAF 8 (up 1), AFC 6 (unchanged), CONCACAF 5 (up 9), OFC 1 (unchanged). France and Croatia are rated the Best Movers of the Year, a distinction that combines new points gained with current standing.

The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on 21 October 1998.

Ranking as of September 16, 1998

1 Brazil 73.67
2 France 69.21
3 Germany 67.75
4 Croatia 66.64
5 Argentina 65.29
6 Czech Republic 64.79
7 Italy 64.53
8 Yugoslavia 64.16
9 Netherlands 62.77
10 Mexico 61.89
11 England 61.36
12 Chile 59.49
13 Romania 59.08
14 Spain 58.63
15 Morocco 58.60
16 Norway 58.51
17 USA 57.04
18 Denmark 55.91
19 Egypt 55.49
19 Korea Republic 55.49
21 Japan 54.57
22 Paraguay 54.37
23 Zambia 54.23
24 Colombia 53.92
25 Sweden 53.13
26 Tunisia 52.96
27 Russia 52.87
28 Belgium 52.52
29 Austria 52.45
30 Jamaica 52.32
31 South Africa 51.98
32 Saudi Arabia 50.67
33 Slovakia 50.30
34 Poland 50.24
35 Uruguay 48.99
36 Australia 48.08
37 Cameroon 48.01
37 Iran 48.01
39 Scotland 47.88
40 Israel 47.52
41 Portugal 46.83
42 Georgia 45.58
43 Thailand 45.45
44 Trinidad & Tobago 45.03
45 Cote d'Ivoire 44.98
46 Angola 44.90
47 Bulgaria 44.69 1
48 China PR 44.40
49 Ukraine 44.30 1
50 Costa Rica 43.65
51 Ecuador 42.89
52 Kuwait 42.12
53 Mali 42.01
54 Ireland Republic 41.87
55 Finland 41.44
56 Algeria 41.41
57 Bolivia 41.24
57 Peru 41.24
59 Hungary 41.21
60 Ghana 40.96
61 Lithuania 40.71
61 Turkey 40.71
63 Guinea 40.69
64 United Arab Emirates 40.67
65 Iceland 40.48
66 Greece 40.38
67 Burkina Faso 40.10
68 Nigeria 39.99
69 DR Congo 39.39
70 Zimbabwe 39.05
71 FYR Macedonia 38.91
72 Namibia 38.76
73 Togo 38.58
74 Cyprus 38.27
75 Qatar 37.71
76 Indonesia 37.59
77 Switzerland 37.13
78 Mozambique 37.10
79 El Salvador 37.07
80 Senegal 36.92
81 Singapore 36.87
82 Guatemala 36.75
83 Latvia 36.62
84 Vietnam 35.72
85 Cuba 34.73
86 Kenya 34.56
87 Gabon 34.46
88 Canada 34.13
89 Malawi 33.90
90 Estonia 32.68
91 Slovenia 32.62
92 Honduras 32.08
93 Uzbekistan 31.83
94 Northern Ireland 31.39
95 Bosnia-Herzegovina 31.26
96 Haiti 30.88
97 Belarus 30.58
98 Iraq 30.10
99 Myanmar 30.04
100 Azerbaijan 29.92
101 Syria 29.91
102 Malaysia 29.55
103 Sierra Leone 29.46
104 Uganda 28.99
105 Liberia 28.12
106 Oman 27.57
107 Wales 27.18
108 Albania 26.90
109 Armenia 26.84
110 Lebanon 26.42
111 Tanzania 25.39
112 Grenada 25.38
113 Kazakhstan 24.95
114 Barbados 24.60
115 Congo-Brazzaville 24.07
116 Sudan 21.97
117 Gambia 21.95
118 Moldova 21.59
119 India 20.87
120 Jordan 20.83
121 Faroe Islands 20.14
122 Venezuela 19.85
123 Tajikistan 19.43
124 Malta 19.35
125 Benin 18.91
126 Panama 18.67
127 Mauritania 18.38
128 St. Kitts & Nevis 18.15
129 St. Vincent / Grenadines 18.00
130 Dominica 17.57
131 New Zealand 17.41
132 Lesotho 17.06
133 Antigua 16.99
134 Laos 16.75
135 Bahrain 16.36
136 St. Lucia 16.06
137 Hong Kong 15.46
138 Ethiopia 15.38
139 Solomon Islands 14.97
140 Sri Lanka 14.75
141 Swaziland 14.57
142 Niger 14.01
143 Yemen 13.91
144 Dominican Republic 13.60
145 Turkmenistan 13.45
146 Luxemburg 13.30
147 Burundi 13.26
148 Cayman 13.11
149 Mauritius 13.03
150 Kyrgyzstan 12.81
151 Libya 11.97
152 Madagascar 11.92
153 Neth. Antilles 11.91
154 Surinam 11.80
155 Botswana 11.24
156 Bangladesh 11.09
157 Guyana 10.08
158 Guinea-Bissau 9.75
159 Cape Verde Islands 9.49
160 Cambodia 8.85
161 Fiji 8.51
162 Pakistan 8.17
163 Rwanda 7.73
164 Chinese Taipei 7.46
165 Liechtenstein 7.03
166 Philippines 6.75
167 Macao 6.53
168 Nepal 6.16
169 Maldives Republic 6.10
170 Chad 5.53
171 Andorra 5.44
172 Tahiti 5.36
173 Papua New Guinea 5.19
174 Seychelles 4.73
175 Aruba 4.61
176 Korea DPR 4.18
177 Tonga 4.09
178 Puerto Rico 4.08
179 Brunei 3.40
180 San Marino 3.34
181 Bermuda 2.72
182 Belize 2.57
183 British Virgin Islands 2.50
184 Western Samoa 1.94
185 Nicaragua 1.93
186 Vanuatu 1.33
187 Somalia 1.11
188 Central Africa 0.71
189 Djibouti 0.68
190 Equatorial Guinea 0.60
191 Sao Tome e Principe 0.52
192 Anguilla 0.00
192 Cook Islands 0.00
192 Guam 0.00

Note: Teams inactive since 1992 and teams which have not played yet do not appear in the table.