Spain’s 1-0 win over the Netherlands in the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ Final in Johannesburg last Sunday not only gave La Roja their first ever FIFA World Cup victory but has also secured them top spot in the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking for the third time. Vicente Del Bosque’s team have deposed previous front-runners Brazil, who fall to third, while final opponents the Netherlands climb from fourth place to second. The Oranje’s defeat in the FIFA World Cup showdown brought an end to their run of 25 matches without defeat.
There are a number of big movers in this month’s top ten, with Chile (10th, up 8), Egypt (9th, up 3) and Uruguay (6th, up 10) all scaling the heights. La Celeste, the tournament’s surprise package thanks to their outstanding performances and qualification for the semi-final, thus take up their highest position since the world ranking was introduced. These three teams have benefited from disappointing performances by two giants of international football, Italy (11th, down 6) and France (21st, down 12). The 2006 finalists pay the price for group-stage elimination in South Africa and, together with Croatia, no longer find themselves among the ten best teams.
The latest ranking also brings mixed fortunes for the African teams. While hosts South Africa (66th, up 17) and Ghana (23rd, up 9) make considerable ground, Nigeria (30th, down 9), Algeria (33rd, down 3) and above all Cameroon (40th, down 21) tumble down the pecking order.
A total of 154 international 'A' matches have been played since the previous edition of the ranking, including 86 friendlies and 64 FIFA World Cup encounters. Four qualifying matches for the next CAF Africa Cup of Nations were also contested.
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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