World and European champions Spain extended their lead atop of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking as Uruguay unseated Germany to go second and reach their highest-ever position on the global ladder.
Besides La Celeste, climbers within the top ten include Brazil (5th, up 1), England (6th, up 1), Argentina (7th, up 2) and Denmark (9th, up 1), while Portugal have fallen by five places after a goalless draw against FYR Macedonia and a 3-1 loss to Turkey, and now sit tenth.
Among the teams managing to make significant leaps within the top 50 are Algeria (32nd, up 6), Tunisia (46th, up 10) and Egypt (48th, up 9), who have all benefited from strong performances in the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ qualifiers, while Japan (23rd), Scotland (41st) and Iran (45th) have all climbed seven places each.
In the lead-up to UEFA EURO 2012 in Poland and Ukraine, it is worth taking a look at the balance of power within each of the four preliminary groups.
With Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal and Denmark, Group B is made up entirely of top-ten teams. Group C is also looking strong with Spain, Croatia, Italy and the Republic of Ireland – all teams from the top 20. Group A appears to be the weakest, with only Russia (13th) and Greece (15th) ranked in the top 20 and Czech Republic (27th) and Poland (62nd) ranked significantly lower.
A total of 115 matches have been taken into account for the current edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking, 28 of which were Brazil 2014 qualifiers and the remaining 87 friendlies.
All OFC Nations Cup matches currently being played in the Solomon Islands will be reflected in the ranking in July.
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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