Spain regain leadership from Brazil
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Final Draw for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ – note to media
The detailed criteria to determine the seeded teams for the Final Draw for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ will be confirmed at the next meeting of the Organising Committee for the FIFA World Cup™ in Cape Town on 2 December 2009 (and announced at a press conference following the meeting).

If the criteria to determine the seeded teams were to include, as in the past, the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking, then it would be the October 2009 edition of this ranking which would be considered, and this for sporting reasons. In fact, using the November 2009 edition would create an uneven situation, specifically for the European Zone, where the play-offs involving the eight best runners-up led to an imbalance in the number of qualification matches played between the teams.

La Roja back on top
The leadership of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking has changed hands following the completion of the preliminary competition for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™, with European champions Spain overtaking Brazil, who had been at the top since July. Portugal (5th, up 5) and France (7th, up 2) have benefited greatly from the results of the World Cup play-off matches, which are valuable in terms of points, while the teams that qualified in October, Argentina (8th, down 2) and England (9th, down 2), have lost ground.

This month’s winners also include Cameroon (11th, up 3), Greece (12th, up 4) and Uruguay (19th, up 6), the last two also thanks to a massive gain in points from the play-off matches. Of the top 20, only Croatia (10th, down 2) and Russia (13th, down 1) will not be taking part in the finals in South Africa and only four of the qualified teams do not feature among the top 50 (Korea Republic, New Zealand, Korea DPR and South Africa).

Togo (70th, up 10), Mozambique (72nd, up 12), Zimbabwe (108th, up 23), Swaziland (138th, up 10) and Comoros (178th, up 21) can also be proud of their recent haul of points. Côte d'Ivoire (16th, up 3), Algeria (28th, up 1), Latvia (45th, up 2), Burkina Faso (49th, up 6), Benin (59th, up 8), Montenegro (73th, up 2) have also reached their highest ever position since the world ranking was introduced in 1993.

A total of 104 'A' international matches have been played since the October edition of the ranking, taking the number of matches evaluated in the ranking this year to 805. In all, 22 matches, including 12 play-off matches, were held to bring down the curtain on the preliminary competition for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ and 13 qualifiers for the next AFC Asian Cup.

The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on 16 December 2009.