Spain Remains Top in the FIFA Ranking

February 17th, 2012

The Spanish football team, champions of Europe and the world, retains their position as strong leaders in the FIFA World Ranking, in which Germany placed second, bumping the Netherlands into third position, ahead of Uruguay and England, completing the Top 5.

The ranking recorded major changes in its top positions, as Portugal and Italy also rose one place to stand in sixth and eighth place, to the detriment of Brazil and Croatia, while Denmark also climbed one place to enter the top ten pushing Argentina down to eleventh place. The changes mean Uruguay (fourth) and Brazil (seventh) are the only non-European nations in the top 10.

FIFA said the changes were due to the devaluation of matches from previous years, as none of the major European and South American countries in the top 10 played a match in the last month. In fact, for the current classification 51 games were taken into account, 32 of them from the African Nations Cup and 19 Friendlies.

Zambia’s victorious Africa Cup of Nations campaign saw them soar 28 places to 43rd place, putting them back in the top 50, which they hadn’t been in since February 2001, and making them the African continent’s fourth highest ranked nation.

Meanwhile, the Ivory Coast, despite its defeat in Sunday’s Africa Cup of Nations final in a penalty shoot-out, climbed three positions to 15, and remains the highest ranked African team.

Europa Press reported that the next ranking is due to be published on March 7.

Classification to 15th February:-

1. (1) SPAIN 1,566 points
2. (3) Germany 1,369
3. (2) Netherlands 1,359
4. (4) Uruguay 1,317
5. (5) England 1,179
6. (7) Portugal 1,155
7. (6) Brazil 1,152
8. (9) Italy 1,115
9. (8) Croatia 1,101
10. (11) Denmark 1,090
11. (10) Argentina 1,081
12. (12) Chile 996
13. (13) Russia 989
14. (14) Greece 979
15. (18) Ivory Coast 967
16. (16) Switzerland 950
17. (15) France 930
18. (17) Sweden 924
19. (19) Bosnia 920
20. (23) Ireland Rep. 893