Senegal will return to the scene of their footballing capstone in October, seeking to continue a revival that has taken them up four places to 80th on the latest FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking in a friendly against Korea Republic. There, the Lions of Teranga caused a sensation by beating defending champions France en route to the quarter-finals of the 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Jaoan™, matching the best performance by an African team in the competition.
Senegal's quest to reach South Africa 2010 ended in the first phase of continental qualifying, however, when they were pipped to places in the next round by Algeria and minnows Gambia. This prompted the resignation of their entire coaching staff, and the appointment of Augustin Senghor as the Senegal Football Federation (FSF) president.
Senghor immediately revealed his desire to see Senegal re-establish themselves as one of Africa's strongest teams, and they have started on the right footing. They won 2-1 in Congo DR in August, before drawing away to Angola and China PR earlier this month.
Still, Senegal are a considerably shy of the 50th place in which they finished 2008 on the Ranking, and their best-ever position of 26th, achieved in June 2004. However, their supporters believe in the talent of Marseille forward Mamadou Niang, who has ended a long international recess, and younger players like Jacques Faty, Issiar Dia and Mame Biram Diouf, recently signed by English giants Manchester United,
Senegal's next traget will be to qualify for the CAF African Cup of Nations 2012, and steadily climb back up the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking. A positive result in Korea Republic would be a step in the right direction.
Calculation of points for a single match
P = M x I x T x C
M: points for Match result
Teams gain 3 points for a victory, 1 point for a draw and 0 points for a defeat. In a penalty shoot-out, the winning team gains 2 points and the losing team gains 1 point.
I: Importance of match
Friendly match (including small competitions): I = 1.0
FIFA World Cup™ qualifier or confederation-level qualifier: I = 2.5
Confederation-level final competition or FIFA Confederations Cup: I = 3.0
FIFA World Cup™ final competition: I = 4.0
T: strength of opposing Team
The strength of the opponents is based on the formula: 200 – the ranking position of the opponents.As an exception to this formula, the team at the top of the ranking is always assigned the value 200 and the teams ranked 150th and below are assigned a minimum value of 50. The ranking position is taken from the opponents’ ranking in the most recently published FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking.
C: strength of Confederation
When calculating matches between teams from different confederations, the mean value of the confederations to which the two competing teams belong is used. The strength of a confederation is calculated on the basis of the number of victories by that confederation at the last three FIFA World Cup™ competitions (see following page). Their values are as follows:
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