World Football Ranking     
1998

Current Rankings


Pos.
Country
Total Points
1998
Points gained
1998
Move
1998
1   flag France 31.86 -2.87 1
2   flag Brazil 31.77 -16.02 -1
3   flag Netherlands 28.59 -2.27 1
4   flag Argentina 28.54 2.39 7
5   flag Italy 28.51 0.97 4
6   flag Spain 27.62 -1.29 -1
7   flag Croatia 27.16 1.7 8
8   flag Yugoslavia 26.15 -5.17 -5
9   flag Morocco 26.13 2.87 21
10   flag Poland 25.95 4.21 27
11   flag Paraguay 25.72 1.33 12
12   flag Germany 25.64 0.25 4
13   flag Romania 25.42 -1.72 -3
14   flag England 25.39 -3.34 -8
15   flag Austria 25.35 0.73 6
16   flag Sweden 25.33 6.46 60
17   flag Czech Rep 25.3 1.16 8
18   flag Rep Ireland 25.21 2.86 15
19   flag Mexico 25 1.36 7
20   flag Portugal 24.47 3.09 23
21   flag Israel 24.43 1.7 11
22   flag Peru 24.32 -0.15 0
23   flag Greece 24.12 -1.15 -6
24   flag Belgium 23.95 -0.37 0
25   flag Norway 23.84 -1.31 -6
26   flag Egypt 23.47 2.93 30
27   flag Finland 23.43 3.4 35
28   flag Chile 23.2 -4.85 -20
29   flag Denmark 23.16 -4.97 -22
30   flag Wales 23.1 1.93 17
31   flag Iran 22.86 2.26 23
32   flag Uruguay 22.84 -0.54 -3
33   flag Ukraine 22.62 0.46 2
34   flag Russia 22.6 -3.23 -21
35   flag Colombia 22.41 -3.47 -23
36   flag Tunisia 22.38 1.73 16
37   flag Guatemala 22.28 0.96 8
38   flag Hungary 21.85 3.83 47
39   flag Iceland 21.74 3.81 48
40   flag Turkey 21.64 -3.19 -20
41   flag Switzerland 21.59 0.72 8
42   flag Scotland 21.58 -1.93 -14
43   flag Ecuador 21.58 -1.23 -12
44   flag Albania 21.51 0.22 2
45   flag Latvia 21.5 1.81 24
46   flag South Africa 21.34 -0.34 -8
47   flag Macedonia 21.26 1.55 20
48   flag USA 21.13 -4.02 -30
49   flag Nigeria 21.12 1.59 22
50   flag Georgia 21.08 -2.55 -23
51   flag China 20.93 3.06 38
52   flag Belarus 20.91 2.53 28
53   flag Slovenia 20.82 0.88 11
54   flag Ivory Coast 20.57 2.84 38
55   flag Bulgaria 20.54 -5.14 -41
56   football DR Congo 20.18 2.34 35
57   flag Jamaica 20.14 -1.6 -21
58   flag Costa Rica 20.09 -1.39 -18
59   flag Saudi Arabia 20 1.02 15
60   flag Honduras 19.94 -0.18 -1
61   flag Kuwait 19.85 -0.27 -3
62   flag N.Ireland 19.74 -0.82 -7
63   flag Bolivia 19.64 -2 -24
64   flag Cameroon 19.62 -0.1 1
65   flag Moldova 19.47 1.97 30
66   flag South Korea 19.41 -0.55 -3
67   flag Ghana 19.38 0.14 6
68   flag Slovakia 19.32 -1.44 -18
69   flag Cyprus 18.98 -1.07 -8
70   flag El Salvador 18.9 -1.84 -19
71   flag Faroe Islands 18.65 -2.33 -23
72   flag Japan 18.42 -2.19 -19
73   flag Gabon 18.4 -1.22 -3
74   flag Togo 18.4 1.25 23
75   flag Zambia 18.18 -0.74 0
76   flag Zimbabwe 18.08 0.15 12
77   flag Kazakhstan 17.98 2.27 31
78   flag Bosnia-Herzegovina 17.94 -3.51 -37
79   flag Burkina Faso 17.93 0.59 17
80   flag Canada 17.93 -1.38 -8
81   flag Armenia 17.8 -0.55 0
82   flag Congo 17.71 -3.68 -40
83   flag Angola 17.58 -2.78 -26
84   flag Lithuania 17.25 -4.11 -40
85   flag Qatar 17.19 -0.32 9
86   flag Guinea 16.97 -2.75 -20
87   flag Kenya 16.5 -3.19 -19
88   flag Australia 16.5 -3.62 -28
89   flag Syria 16.46 -1.76 -7
90   flag Estonia 16.4 -0.63 8
91   flag UAE 16.22 -2.25 -13
92   flag Algeria 16.16 -6.18 -58
93   flag Venezuela 16.12 -2 -10
94   flag Luxembourg 16.11 -1.95 -10
95   flag Uzbekistan 15.95 -1.98 -9
96   flag Sierra Leone 15.9 -1.94 -6
97   flag Benin 15.75 -1.82 -4
98   flag Mali 15.47 -3.12 -21
99   flag Senegal 15.04 -1.21 4
100   flag Oman 14.92 0.32 11
101   flag Trinidad & Tobago 14.85 -3.6 -22
102   flag Namibia 14.72 -1.47 2
103   flag Liberia 14.47 -1.99 -1
104   flag Uganda 14.44 0.77 15
105   flag New Zealand 13.98 2.5 26
106   flag Ethiopia 13.82 -2 0
107   flag Malta 13.77 0.34 14
108   flag Indonesia 13.69 -0.51 7
109   flag Myanmar 13.59 -0.77 5
110   flag Cuba 13.45 -2.6 -5
111   flag Jordan 13.24 -1.3 1
112   flag Kyrgyzstan 13.22 -2 -3
113   flag Iraq 13.02 -0.99 3
114   flag Sudan 13.01 -1.41 -1
115   flag Haiti 12.98 1 14
116   flag Thailand 12.72 -4 -15
117   flag Singapore 12.69 1.07 13
118   flag Tajikistan 12.64 -4.27 -19
119   flag Malawi 12.44 -2.59 -9
120   flag Andorra 12.28 3.25 16
121   flag St Vincent/Grenadines 12.19 -0.05 5
122   flag Azerbaijan 12.16 -1.74 -5
123   flag Mozambique 12.09 -4.65 -23
124   flag Mauritania 11.2 -2 -2
125   flag Turkmenistan 11.13 3.16 18
126   flag Gambia 11.12 -1.04 2
127   flag Lebanon 10.97 -1.96 -3
128   flag Niger 10.92 1.43 9
129   flag Martinique 10.56 -3.3 -19
130   flag Panama 10.2 -2 -3
131   flag Grenada 10.13 -2.97 -8
132   flag Tanzania 10.08 -5.65 -25
133   flag Barbados 9.94 -3.81 -15
134   flag Bahrain 9.79 0.73 4
135   flag Antigua 9.12 4.4 24
136   flag Burundi 9.08 1.77 8
137   flag Hong Kong 8.97 -3.78 -12
138   flag Guinea Bissau 8.76 -2 -6
139   flag St Kitts & Nevis 8.64 -1.21 -3
140   flag Madagascar 8.43 2.14 6
141   flag North Korea 8.32 2.44 10
142   flag Mauritius 7.91 -5.6 -22
143   flag Yemen 7.89 -2 -8
144   flag Cape Verde Islands 7.72 1.73 5
145   flag Malaysia 7.5 -2.56 -11
146   flag St Lucia 7.26 -0.74 -4
147   flag San Marino 7.05 -1.1 -6
148   flag Cayman Islands 6.78 2.29 13
149   flag India 6.74 -3.98 -16
150   flag Dominican Rep 6.43 -2.2 -10
151   flag Fiji 6.13 3.14 17
152   flag Vietnam 5.97 0.31 0
153   flag Botswana 5.65 0.83 5
154   flag Liechtenstein 5.34 1.43 12
155   flag Surinam 5.12 -3.72 -16
156   flag Libya 4.79 0.81 9
157   flag Lesotho 4.78 -0.05 0
158   flag Bangladesh 4.66 -2 -13
159   flag Laos 4.56 -1.33 -9
160   flag Dominica 4.37 -1.89 -13
161   flag Sri Lanka 4.16 -2 -13
162   flag Neth.Antilles 4.01 -1.38 -7
163   flag Swaziland 3.82 -0.46 1
164   flag Chad 3.67 3.46 12
165   flag Rwanda 3.49 -0.85 -2
166   flag Guyana 2.75 0.33 5
167   flag Taiwan 2.54 -3 -14
168   flag Nicaragua 2.43 -2 -6
169   flag Puerto Rico 2.21 -2.46 -9
170   flag Nepal 1.98 -1.67 -3
171   flag Tahiti 1.98 -3.48 -17
172   flag Solomon Islands 1.51 -3.55 -16
173   flag Philippines 1.41 1.02 0
174   flag Bermuda 0.87 -1.75 -4
175   flag Macao 0.79 -2 -6
176   flag Aruba -0.29 -0.35 2
177   flag Seychelles -0.31 -0.63 -2
178   flag Cambodia -0.64 -0.49 1
179   flag Belize -1.2 -3 -7
180   flag Brunei -1.57 -0.66 2
181   flag Vanuatu -2.31 -2.49 -4
182   flag Djibouti -2.51 -1.92 -2
183   flag Somalia -2.62 -3 -9
184   flag Papua New Guinea -3.01 -0.56 0
185   flag Guam -3.75 -3 -4
186   flag Pakistan -3.97 -2 -3
187   flag Virgin Islands -7.42 0 0
188   flag Maldives Rep -10.48 -0.82 -3
189   flag Cook Islands -25.63 0 0
190   flag Tonga -25.79 0 0

Big Movers of 1998

France lifted the 1998 World Cup on home soil and overtook Brazil at the top of the rankings after beating them 3-0 in the final. The French who had not impressed in friendly matches leading up to the finals continued in the same vein drawing 1-1 in their opening Euro 2000 qualifier away to Iceland, but Brazil drew against Jamaica and Guatemala, and lost 1-0 to the USA in the Gold Cup, and 1-0 to Norway in the World Cup finishing the year in second place in the rankings.

Sweden who had been sinking in the rankings turned the table midway through the year with back to back wins against Denmark, Italy, Russia, England and Bulgaria to move up a staggering 60 places and claim a more realistic position.

A draw against the newly crowned world champions France and a 1-0 win against Russia in the European qualifiers helped Iceland move up in the rankings.

Hungary had a good year thanks to wins in Austria, Iran and Azerbaijan, and a home draw against a strong Romanian side in the Euro qualifiers.

Ivory Coast moved in the right direction after a respectable African Cup of Nations and 1-0 wins in a friendly against Cameroon and a continental qualifier in Mali.

China defeated hosts Thailand to finish 3rd in the Asian Games and also enjoyed a 2-0 win over Japan and a 1-1 draw with South Korea in friendly away matches.

DR Congo (formerly known as Zaire) beat Togo, Ghana, Cameroon and hosts Burkina Faso on their way to finishing 3rd in Africa and moving up the rankings.

Finland earned away draws in Scotland and Slovakia, and a home draw against Germany in friendly matches before conquering the Turks 3-1 in a qualifier in Istanbul.

Algeria slipped rapidly down the rankings as they exited the African Cup of Nations with no points and suffered a 2-1 loss in a qualifier away to Uganda.

Bulgaria's 6-1 thrashing at the hands of Spain in the World Cup continued with an embarrassing 3-0 home defeat to Poland in a European qualifier and another setback in Europe losing 1-0 at home to Sweden before losing 4-1 in a friendly in Morocco.

Congo moved down the rankings after sharing points with Chad home and away in their continental qualifiers.

Lithuania moved down after losing 3-0 and 5-0 in friendly matches away to Belarus and 2-1 to Azerbaijan in Estonia before being held to a 0-0 draw away to the Faroe Islands in a Euro qualifier.

Bosnia & Herzegovina also found themselves moving down the table after receiving a friendly 5-0 thumping in Argentina and only managing a 1-0 win and a 1-1 draw at home to the Faroe Islands and Estonia respectively, before losing 3-1 to the Czechs and ending the year with a 4-2 home defeat to Lithuania in the Euro qualifiers.

Some of the more unexpected results of the year were Antigua & Barbuda's 5-1 win over Martinique and Latvia's 3-1 Euro qualifier victory in Norway. In other noteworthy matches Ghana triumphed 3-1 in Cameroon, and Oman celebrated a 4-2 success over Iran in Bangkok.

Five countries joined the rankings in 1998 . Andorra moved straight into the 120th slot having beaten Azerbaijan 2-0 and lost by the relatively narrow margins of 3-0 and 2-0 to Brazil and France respectively. Martinique occupied 129th spot on the strength of their 4-1 shock win over Barbados, 5-0 demolition of Dominica and 2-1 win in St Lucia. British Virgin Islands, Cook Islands and Tonga moved in at the bottom of the table.

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