Argentina's first defeat in FIFA World Cup™ qualifying has allowed Brazil and Italy, both winners in midweek fixtures, to close the gap at the top of the new FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking, although the Albiceleste will take their slender advantage with them into the new year.
The latest table shows significant changes among the pursuing pack: Spain (4th, up 2) have opened a sizeable gap on the rest of the top ten, the Czech Republic (6th, up 3) have powered ahead after winning their EURO 2008 qualifying group, and resurgent European champions Greece (11th, up 3) are once again knocking at the top ten door.
The biggest movers of the month come from south-eastern Europe and Israel. Turkey's triumph in sealing a berth at EURO 2008 has rolled them 12 places forward to 16th, with Bulgaria making good 16 positions to 18th. Israel, up 11 places to 26th, are closing in on their best-ever placing - 22nd in 1999 - since the introduction of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking. Other nations making spectacular leaps forward include FYR Macedonia (59th, up 16), Belarus (60th, up 34) and Lithuania (61st, up 29).
Further afield from Europe, New Zealand's early FIFA World Cup™ qualifying wins have prompted a 33-place rise to 95th and a not-unexpected return to top spot in Oceania. In Asia, Syria (109th, up 17), Korea DPR (117th, up 12), and fast-charging Turkmenistan (127th, up 31) catch the eye. The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking currently assesses 207 nations, as Sao Tome and Principe are no longer classified due to a lack of footballing activity.
- The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on Monday, 17 December 2007.
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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