FIFA World Rankings: July 2008

Spain are now top of the FIFA world rankings after winning Euro 2008 last month. It’s their first time on top, and just rewards for their excellent efforts throughout the tournament.

The ranking system is based on international results over the past four years with more points awarded for wins in major tournaments. I won’t bore you with the details here but if you’re interested in how teams are ranked, read the two articles linked at the end:


FIFA Rankings (July 2008):

(previous position in brackets)

1. (4) Spain
2. (3) Italy
3. (5) Germany
4. (2) Brazil
5. (10) Netherlands
6. (1) Argentina
7. (15) Croatia
8. (6) Czech Republic
9. (11) Portugal
10. (7) France
11. (24) Russia
12. (12) Romania
13. (13) Cameroon
14. (20) Turkey
15. (9) England
16. (17) Scotland
17. (18) Bulgaria
18. (8) Greece
19. (14) Mexico
20 (16) Ghana

Further Reading:

Top 50 Ranked Teams in FIFA and Elo (30 May 2008)
World Football Elo Ratings for Euro 2008 – an alternative to FIFA rankings?