A first in the history of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking: by winning UEFA EURO 2008, Spain assumed pole position, have remained unchallenged at the top ever since and are the Team of the Year. And that is not all: with 16 victories (including one on penalties) from 16 matches, Spain are also the Best Mover of the Year (the team that gained the most world ranking points over the last 12 months), recording an impressive 314 points.
Montenegro, not wholly unexpectedly, gained 245 points and rose a spectacular 60 places, more than any other team. They are now ranked 112th. Among the year's other big climbers are Russia (up 242 points and 14 places to 9th) and Burkina Faso (up 229 points and 51 places to 62nd). Considered over the course of the year, Asia, South America and CONCACAF each gained a team in the top fifty, while Europe lost three.
Turkey (10th, up 3) have broken back into the top ten at the expense of the Czech Republic and Portugal. Thanks to their victory over Saudi Arabia in the preliminary competition for the FIFA World Cup™, Korea Republic (42nd, up 11) have once again entered the top 50. Egypt (16th, up 5), Australia (28th, up 9), Kenya (68th, up 17), Rwanda (78th, up 9), Montenegro (112th, up 3) and Timor-Leste (197th, up 1) are all currently in their highest-ever position in the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking.
By mid-December 2008, 1,040 international matches had been played. Taking into account the matches still to be played, the annual total will come within a whisker of the all-time record of 1,065 matches (in 2004).
· Leader: Spain (1, unchanged), 'Team of the Year'
· Moves into top 10: Turkey (10, plus 3)
· Moves out of top 10: Czech Republic (11, minus 2) and Portugal (11, minus 1)
· Matches played in total: 89
· Most matches played: Myanmar: 7 matches
· Biggest move by points: Fiji: plus 133 points
· Biggest move by ranks: Fiji: plus 31 ranks
· Biggest drop by points: Bulgaria: minus 169 points
· Biggest drop by ranks: New Zealand: minus 26 ranks
· Newly ranked teams: none
· Teams that are no longer ranked: none
· Team of the Year 2008: Spain (1 since July 2008)
· Best Mover 2008: Spain (plus 314 points)
· Teams that were no longer ranked in the course of 2008: none
· Teams that were newly ranked in 2008: none
The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on 14 January 2009.
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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