Status quo reigns worldwide
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There were no changes in the top 39 places in the latest release of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking. Reigning European champions Spain remain unchallenged at the top of the table with a comfortable lead, followed by Germany and the Netherlands.

Inside the top 50, only Poland (40th, up 1), Hungary (43rd, up 1) and Norway (45th, up 1) have slightly improved their standing. It is a similar story outside the top 50, with only a handful of big movers. Particularly worthy of mention are Grenada (103rd, up 5), who have achieved their best-ever position, while Pakistan (167th, up 10), Chinese Taipei (168th, up 12) and Sierra Leone (98th, up 12) all moved up ten or more places. Since no team managed to break into the top-50 club, the make-up of the top 50 nations, in terms of confederation, remains unchanged: UEFA, Europe (28 teams), CAF, Africa (8), CONMEBOL, South America (7), CONCACAF, North, Central America and the Caribbean (4) and the AFC, Asia (3). New Zealand (78th, up 1) remain the best team in the OFC, Oceania's confederation.

Since the last edition of the world ranking came out, only 22 international matches have been played worldwide, 20 qualifying games for the AFC Challenge Cup 2010 and two friendlies in Africa. There was no international action in any of the other confederations. In addition to these 22 'A' matches, one game from last year was taken into account (Solomon Islands-Vanuatu on 7 July 2008). The total number of matches played in 2008 has therefore risen to 1,063, whereas 266 have been played so far in the current year.


The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on 3 June 2009.