Top spot in the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking changed hands no
fewer than six times in 2007, but the front runners at the turn of
the year were Argentina, who had never previously topped the
standings at the end of December. That achievement goes a long way
towards explaining why
FIFA.com users named the
Albiceleste as their team of 2007.
In our latest poll, we asked you to evaluate the top five in the current World Ranking and vote for the national team which impressed you the most over the course of the year. Argentina attracted 30.37 per cent of the votes to finish ahead of Brazil on 26.74 per cent. FIFA World Cup™ holders Italy finished third on 19.13 per cent, followed by Germany (13.71) and Spain (10.05).
Turning to the different language editions of FIFA.com, the Argentinians claimed top spot in two of the four versions, the Spanish (35.60) and French (38.29) sites. Brazil took the honours among English speakers with 29.46 per cent, a wafer-thin 0.58 per cent ahead of the Gauchos, while German-speaking users backed Joachim Low and his men to the tune of 47.16 per cent.
Excitement aplenty in 2008
The potential for change at the top of the rankings appears high in 2008. Qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa swings into gear, and continental crowns are up for grabs at UEFA EURO 2008 in Austria and Switzerland, and at the CAF Africa Cup of Nations Ghana 2008.
Or has there already been a change at the top of the global standings? We'll know on Wednesday with the publication of the updated FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking.
Focus on Africa
Join in and cast your vote the next time FIFA.com sets out to uncover the latest opinions and trends. Our new poll asks who you think will emerge as the star of the African championships once the action gets underway this coming Sunday. Samuel Eto'o of Cameroon and Côte d'Ivoire goal-getter Didier Drogba are running neck-and-neck at the front for now, but Asamoah Gyan of Ghana, Nigeria's John Obi Mikel and Senegal star Mamadou Niang are definitely in with a shout.