FIFA / Coca Cola World Ranking: Germany closing in on the Netherlands

In the top 50, Czech Republic (33rd, up 14) and Ecuador (42nd, up 10) have made the biggest gains.

ZURICH – (November 23, 2011) - World and European champions Spain remain unchallenged in first place in this month’s FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking.   Although La Roja’s defeat to England and draw with Costa Rica lost them points, their place in the ranking remains unchanged.

Just behind them, a thrilling three-way tussle is under way for second place, with Germany edging dangerously close to second-placed the Netherlands following their 3-0 victory in the match between the two sides. Hot on their heels are Uruguay, who are continuing to make progress following their convincing 4-0 win over Chile in the South American qualifiers for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ and a victory in a friendly against Italy, bringing the 2010 World Cup semi-finalists’ run of unbeaten matches to 13. Within the top ten, England (5th, up 2) have climbed up the ranking, as have Portugal (7th, up 1) and Croatia (8th, up 4) thanks to recent successes in EURO qualifying.

In the top 50, meanwhile, the Czech Republic (33rd, up 14) and Ecuador (42nd, up 10) have made the biggest gains. Three teams are currently in their highest-ever position since the launch of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking in August 1993: Venezuela (39th, up 1), Cape Verde (57th, up 9) and Antigua and Barbuda (83rd, up 7). Interestingly, São Tomé e Príncipe (192nd, new) have been ranked for the first time in four years following their two World Cup qualifying matches against Congo in November.

In all, 131 international “A” matches were played in the past month, of which 72 were qualifying matches for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™, eight were qualifiers for the UEFA EURO 2012, and the remaining 51 were friendly matches.


  • Leader Spain (unchanged)
  • Moves into top ten Croatia (8th, up 4)
  • Moves out of top ten Greece (14th, down 6), Denmark (11th, down 1)
  • Matches played in total 131
  • Most matches played Lesotho (4 matches)
  • Biggest move by points Czech Republic (up 149 points)
  • Biggest move by ranks Lebanon (up 35 ranks)
  • Biggest drop by points Greece (down 80 points)
  • Biggest drop by ranks Dominica (down 21 ranks)
  • Newly ranked teams São Tomé e Príncipe
  • Teams that are no longer ranked none
  • Inactive teams (not ranked) none

The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on 21 December 2011.

Ranking as of 23 November 2011

Rank Team +/- Ranks Points +/- Points
Oct.-Nov. 11 Nov. 11 Oct.-Nov. 11
1 Spain 0 1564 -60
2 Netherlands 0 1365 -60
3 Germany 0 1345 -7
4 Uruguay 0 1309 +79
5 England +2 1173 +72
6 Brazil -1 1143 -1
7 Portugal +1 1100 +56
8 Croatia +4 1091 +76
9 Italy -3 1082 -53
10 Argentina 0 1067 +37
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