Monday, October 29, 2007

October rankings

Somehow, the release of the October FIFA rankings last Wednesday escaped my attention. On the Canadian front, there wasn't a lot of activity, with a move up 3 spots to 51st, just off the first page.

The interesting stuff was going on at the top, with Italy falling out of 1st, being passed by rivals Argentina and Brazil. Here's the top 20:
1Argentina Argentina15331Up82
2Brazil Brazil14591Up15
3Italy Italy1387-2Down-101
4France France12712Up51
5Germany Germany1245-1Down-85
6Spain Spain12261Up48
7Netherlands Netherlands1207-2Down-39
8Portugal Portugal12030Equal34
9Czech Republic Czech Republic11742Up92
10Croatia Croatia11550Equal4
11England England1137-2Down-28
12Romania Romania10860Equal49
13Scotland Scotland10491Up24
14Greece Greece10341Up94
15Mexico Mexico978-2Down-48
16Russia Russia96010Up109
17Uruguay Uruguay9002Up11
18USA USA8860Equal-11
19Nigeria Nigeria8414Up-26
20Poland Poland837-4Down-89

Lots of action in the middle of the CONCACAF table, including big jumps from St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Barbados, while Trinidad and Tobago and Costa Rica tumbled.

151Mexico Mexico978-2Down-48
182USA USA8860Equal-11
513Canada Canada5963Up49
554Honduras Honduras5744Up58
645Cuba Cuba4857Up43
656Panama Panama4831Up13
667Costa Rica Costa Rica476-10Down-58
688Haiti Haiti46915Up62
739St. Vincent and the Grenadines St. Vincent and the Grenadines42824Up70
7810Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago414-14Down-63
9211Guyana Guyana36211Up25
9312Barbados Barbados35916Up51
10013Guatemala Guatemala341-12Down-46
10314Jamaica Jamaica319-7Down-42
13415Bermuda Bermuda2021Up8
14116El Salvador El Salvador175-4Down-7
14417Suriname Suriname160-1Down0
14518Antigua and Barbuda Antigua and Barbuda156-14Down-59
14819Dominican Republic Dominican Republic143-9Down-32
15620St. Kitts and Nevis St. Kitts and Nevis107-10Down-39
16121Nicaragua Nicaragua96-3Down0
16322St. Lucia St. Lucia920Equal5
16523Grenada Grenada90-3Down0
17024Bahamas Bahamas68-2Down0
18025British Virgin Islands British Virgin Islands34-1Down1
18126Turks and Caicos Islands Turks and Caicos Islands320Equal0
18327Netherlands Antilles Netherlands Antilles30-1Down0
18728Dominica Dominica21-1Down0
18829Cayman Islands Cayman Islands200Equal0
19530Puerto Rico Puerto Rico100Equal0
19731Anguilla Anguilla40Equal0
20032Belize Belize00Equal0
20033Aruba Aruba00Equal0
20034US Virgin Islands US Virgin Islands00Equal0
20035Montserrat Montserrat00Equal0

To be honest, I don't really understand how St. V & G jumped 24 spots, even though they haven't played a competitive match since May, but beyond the top 40 or so spots, the whole FIFA table is pretty suspect.

Canada's next opponent, South Africa, dropped 10 spots to 83, in the region that Canada inhabited a year ago.