Spain and the Netherlands team they defeated in the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ Final continue to stride clear atop of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking, thanks to victories in UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying.
There was, however, significant movement below them on the latest instalment of the global ladder. Brazil (3rd, up 2) have reclaimed a podium position, while Germany (4th, down 1) and Argentina (5th, down 1) have lost ground.
Meanwhile, Italy (9th, up 2) have returned to the top ten after an absence of seven months. The 2006 world champions’ good form continued last month with victories over Slovenia, their main rivals in the EURO 2012 qualifiers, and Ukraine. Italy’s progress is at the expense of Greece, who have slipped to 12th following two months in the top ten.
There were also some major movers in the top 50 of this month’s Ranking, with Israel (33rd, up 25), Belgium (37th, up 25), Albania (50th, up 23) and Algeria (40th, up 15) making the biggest climbs of the teams in the top half-century.
Four teams – Montenegro (24th, up 1), Albania, Libya (58th, up 13) and Antigua and Barbuda (100th, up 1) – are currently in their highest-ever position since the launch of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking in 1993.
124 international matches have been played since the last edition of the Ranking five weeks ago, which has doubled the total number of games played in 2011 to 248. Of these 124 matches, 50 were qualifiers for confederation championships (29 in UEFA, 21 in CAF). The other 74 games were friendlies.
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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