ZURICH: Good news is revealed for the Faroe Islands in the November edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking.
The Faroes have climbed 82 places in a table which reveals little change in the top 10, with the top seven positions unaltered from last month and world champions Germany still out in front ahead of Argentina and Colombia.
France, however, are now in joint seventh place together with Portugal (seventh, up two). In the top 20, England (13th, up seven), Romania (15th, up six) and Czech Republic (17th, up five) have all made good progress.
Guinea (38th, up 17) have climbed into the top 50 on the back of two victories in Africa Cup of Nations 2015 qualifiers, as have Mali (49th, up 9), with their rise coming at the expense of Trinidad and Tobago (54th, down 5) and Egypt (60th, down 22).
As a result, the regional composition of the top 50 has shifted slightly in favour of Africa (10 teams, up 1). With the exception of CONCACAF (3 teams in the top 50, down 1), there are no other changes to the number of top 50 teams of the other confederations (UEFA: 31; CONMEBOL: 6; AFC: 0; OFC: 0).
Further down the ranking, the Faroe Islands (105th, up 82) have made considerable progress thanks to their surprise victory over Greece (25th, down 7) in the EURO 2016 qualifiers. The other teams to have climbed more than 20 places are Jamaica (71st, up 42), Cuba (79th, up 33), San Marino (180th, up 28), Haiti (68th, up 25), Liechtenstein (130th, up 25), and Thailand (144th, up 21). For San Marino, their draw with Estonia – also in the EURO 2016 qualifiers – sees them climb off the bottom of the table for the first time in six-and-a-half years.
A total of 150 new “A” international matches have been taken into account for the November edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking, bringing the total number of matches evaluated in 2014 to 817. Sixty-one of these matches were part of continental qualifiers in Europe, Africa and the CONCACAF region, with the other 89 being friendly matches.
The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on 18 December 2014.
Leader Germany (unchanged)
Moves into top ten none
Moves out of top ten none
Matches played in total 150
Most matches played Korea DPR (6 matches)
Biggest move by points Faroe Islands (up 275 points)
Biggest move by ranks Faroe Islands (up 82 ranks)
Biggest drop by points Egypt (minus 131 points)
Biggest drop by ranks Iraq (down 23 ranks)