Reflecting a relatively quiet period in the footballing calendar at this time of year, the Top Ten remains unaltered. Slightly further down the table, however, Germany jump three places (16th, up 3) thanks to their successful Asian tour and are the Mover of the Month for January - no small feat in this part of the table where significant points gains tend to be few and far between.
Elsewhere, this month's activity has been centred around the Asian Tiger Cup. Singapore's (104th, up 8) weekend win in the final against Indonesia (91st, up 1) saw them claim a healthy boost to their ranking status. In Africa, Ethiopia notched up 82 points in four games to propel themselves up 20 slots in the ranking (131st). Neighbouring Sudan (104th, up 10) can also celebrate a climb this month as they share 104th place with Singapore.
In the CONCACAF zone, Cuba (72nd, up 4) and Haiti (92nd, up 3) have done well to make up ground within the Top 100. In their most recent encounters, Cuba scraped a 1-0 win over lower ranked Haiti - positive impulses from the Caribbean and excellent news for Haiti.
The first edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking in 2005 is based on an analysis of ten international "A" matches played this year, and 46 dating from the second half of December 2004.
The regional composition of the Top 50 is still led by UEFA (24 teams), with AFC and CAF tying on 8 teams apiece. CONMEBOL (6 teams) and CONCACAF (4) bring up the rear. In 58th place, Australia is the best-ranked team in the OFC.
- The next edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on 16 February 2005.