Final FIFA World Rankings Released, Spain No. 1

The final FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking of 2009 was released on Wednesday, with the last round of World Cup qualifiers finally being accounted for.

There was no movement among the Top 11 teams. No surprisingly Spain ends the year as No. 1. The shocking aspect of Spain’s year is that the lone loss in 16 matches came to the 14th ranked United States during Confederations Cup.

Brazil finished second after a fifth place result in 2008. Netherlands, Italy and the Portuguese side that needed a play-off to reach World Cup round out the top five. Germany, France Argentina, England and Croatia fill in spots 6-10.

Tenth-ranked Croatia is the highest rated team that did no qualify for World Cup 2010. Three World Cup nations are ranked in the 80s: New Zealand is No. 82, South Africa is No. 85 and Korea DPR is No. 86.

The biggest jump during the year came as Algeria moved up 38 places in 2009 to end the year at No. 26.

Among the Top 50, the biggest movement since the November rankings came from Eqypt, climbing five places to No. 24, and Romania, slipping four to No. 36.

The next rankings will be released in early February.


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