Brazil still top the
FIFA World Rankings this month, as there are no new entries into the top
10 from last month, although a few countries have swapped places.
The World Cup qualifiers for 2006 have shown their results in this
month’s table, as France were pegged down from 2nd to 4th place – the
first time they have not been the best placed European team for exactly
two years. That crown now lies with the Czech Republic who climb two
places, sitting just 3 points above 3rd placed Argentina who stay where
they were last month.
Holland’s two 2-0 wins in the World Cup qualifiers lands them a two
position jump into 5th and the biggest improvement on last month with a
13 point advantage. England stay hot on the Netherlands heels, also with
a two place lift into 6th position. The teams to make way for those two
are Spain and Mexico respectively, both dropping two places.
Portugal, Italy and USA finish off the top 10 teams, with Portugal in
9th place, and Italy and USA sharing 10th just as they did last month.
Greece, up two places to 12th, now sit in their highest ever position on
the rankings board, while the month’s biggest movers are Belgium, who
jumped from 51st to 41st position. American Samoa still lie in bottom
place, although they have now accrued 18 points this month, which is an
18 point gain over last month.