World Football Ranking     
2004

Current Rankings


Pos.
Country
Total Points
2004
Points gained
2004
Move
2004
1   flag Brazil 18.93 1.19 1
2   flag Argentina 18.48 1.01 3
3   flag Czech Rep 18.31 0.68 0
4   flag Greece 18.06 1.62 9
5   flag Portugal 18.03 1 3
6   flag Netherlands 17.94 0.68 0
7   flag England 17.84 1.07 3
8   flag Sweden 17.75 1.81 15
9   flag Spain 17.64 0.02 -5
10   flag France 17.49 -0.55 -9
11   flag Germany 17.45 1.23 6
12   flag Mexico 17.37 0.93 2
13   flag Japan 17.35 1.57 13
14   flag Poland 17.13 1.29 10
15   flag Italy 17.07 0.05 -6
16   flag Rep Ireland 17.06 1.1 6
17   flag Uruguay 17.02 -0.08 -10
18   flag Colombia 16.97 1.54 15
19   flag Croatia 16.93 0.89 1
20   flag Denmark 16.86 0.21 -9
21   flag Romania 16.71 0.92 4
22   flag Ukraine 16.7 1.61 17
23   flag USA 16.57 -0.02 -11
24   flag Paraguay 16.5 0.2 -9
25    Serbia & Montenegro 16.49 0.96 6
26   flag Norway 16.48 1.62 23
27   flag Iran 16.45 1.53 19
28   flag Russia 16.4 0.17 -12
29   flag Bulgaria 16.38 0.79 0
30   flag Chile 16.25 1.28 12
31   flag Turkey 16.25 0.04 -13
32   flag Slovakia 16 0.87 6
33   flag Ecuador 15.98 0.38 -5
34   flag Finland 15.92 0.2 -7
35   flag Venezuela 15.85 0.54 0
36   flag Peru 15.85 0.31 -6
37   flag Bolivia 15.73 1.19 20
38   flag Switzerland 15.73 0.24 -6
39   flag Israel 15.7 1 12
40   flag Slovenia 15.64 0.37 -4
41   flag Nigeria 15.63 0.59 0
42   flag Costa Rica 15.57 0.16 -8
43   flag Belarus 15.55 1.77 25
44   flag Hungary 15.52 1.54 20
45   flag Belgium 15.44 -0.57 -24
46   flag Wales 15.39 0.34 -6
47   flag South Korea 15.36 0.42 -2
48   flag Bosnia-Herzegovina 15.29 0.69 6
49   flag Austria 15.21 0.27 -5
50   flag Ivory Coast 15.16 1.41 19
51   flag Oman 15.16 0.94 10
52   flag Morocco 15.03 1.5 24
53   flag Albania 14.99 0.31 -1
54   flag Cameroon 14.96 -1.12 -35
55   flag Guatemala 14.93 1.23 17
56   flag Georgia 14.93 0.34 -1
57   flag China 14.85 0.98 9
58   flag Macedonia 14.79 0.6 4
59   flag Tunisia 14.79 0.2 -3
60   flag Honduras 14.78 -0.09 -13
61   flag Jamaica 14.77 0.54 -1
62   flag Bahrain 14.71 1.38 19
63   flag Senegal 14.71 -0.46 -26
64   flag Australia 14.68 0 -11
65   flag Egypt 14.66 -0.3 -22
66   flag N.Ireland 14.64 0.68 -1
67   flag Lithuania 14.6 0.91 6
68   flag Scotland 14.57 -0.23 -18
69   flag Latvia 14.55 -0.31 -21
70   flag Qatar 14.41 1.9 19
71   flag Kuwait 14.4 1.1 11
72   flag Libya 14.23 2.38 36
73   flag Canada 14.22 0.54 1
74   flag Iceland 14.2 -0.32 -16
75   flag Azerbaijan 14.16 0.8 5
76   flag South Africa 14.12 -0.31 -17
77   flag Panama 14.07 2.78 42
78   flag Jordan 14 0.37 -3
79   flag Uzbekistan 13.98 1.6 12
80   flag Iraq 13.88 0.03 -13
81   flag Angola 13.85 1.48 11
82   flag Estonia 13.84 0.1 -11
83   flag Saudi Arabia 13.75 -0.29 -20
84   flag Moldova 13.7 0.19 -6
85   flag Guinea 13.64 1.39 8
86   flag Armenia 13.62 -0.12 -16
87   flag Cuba 13.55 1.12 3
88   flag Cyprus 13.51 0.07 -9
89   flag Zambia 13.31 1.35 15
90   flag Togo 13.3 1.35 15
91   flag Gabon 13.27 1.17 5
92   flag Zimbabwe 13.22 0.99 2
93   flag UAE 13.17 0.37 -8
94   flag Mali 13.1 0.26 -10
95   flag Ghana 12.94 0.94 7
96   flag Algeria 12.91 -0.04 -13
97   flag DR Congo 12.87 0.14 -11
98   flag Syria 12.86 1.21 14
99   flag Haiti 12.83 0.9 7
100   flag Trinidad & Tobago 12.79 0.74 -1
101   flag Kenya 12.77 0.13 -13
102   flag Faroe Islands 12.75 0.59 -7
103   flag El Salvador 12.68 -0.84 -26
104   flag Rwanda 12.57 1.07 11
105   flag Burkina Faso 12.54 -0.17 -18
106   flag Lebanon 12.47 0.56 1
107   flag Kazakhstan 12.36 0.34 -7
108   flag Sudan 12.32 0.34 -5
109   flag Thailand 12.27 0.45 0
110   flag Malta 12.25 0.19 -12
111   flag Botswana 12.19 1.32 16
112   flag North Korea 12.19 0.45 -2
113   flag Congo 12.14 0.43 -2
114   flag Malawi 12.13 0.64 2
115   flag Benin 12.02 0.49 -1
116   flag Cape Verde Islands 11.96 0.89 8
117   flag Andorra 11.83 0.83 8
118   flag Uganda 11.79 -0.22 -17
119   flag Ethiopia 11.62 0.97 11
120   flag Mauritius 11.59 0.35 0
121   flag Liechtenstein 11.55 1.17 15
122   flag Liberia 11.54 0.06 -5
123   flag New Zealand 11.45 -0.19 -10
124   flag Indonesia 11.38 1.38 23
125   flag Yemen 11.36 1.86 27
126   flag Martinique 11.34 -0.72 -29
127   flag Burundi 11.28 0.76 7
128   flag Gambia 11.25 -0.05 -10
129   flag Palestine 11.16 0.95 13
130   flag Sierra Leone 11.16 -0.05 -9
131   flag Mozambique 11.11 0.56 2
132   flag Turkmenistan 10.94 0.18 -4
133   flag Singapore 10.88 1.1 16
134   flag Malaysia 10.76 0.52 6
135   flag Hong Kong 10.72 0.65 11
136   flag Tajikistan 10.69 0.36 2
137   flag Vietnam 10.66 0.2 -2
138   flag Lesotho 10.66 0.02 -7
139   flag St Vincent/Grenadines 10.65 3.4 29
140   flag Madagascar 10.57 -0.1 -11
141   flag St Lucia 10.55 0.4 3
142   flag Luxembourg 10.52 -0.65 -20
143   flag India 10.46 1.02 12
144   flag Tanzania 10.4 -0.54 -18
145   flag Reunion 10.28 -0.05 -8
146   flag Central African Rep 10.26 -0.05 -7
147   flag Barbados 10.26 -0.35 -15
148   flag Equatorial Guinea 10.17 -0.05 -7
149   flag Swaziland 10.12 -0.07 -6
150   flag Eritrea 10.1 -0.05 -5
151   flag Guadeloupe 10.08 0.56 0
152   flag Myanmar 9.89 0.59 4
153   flag Kyrgyzstan 9.8 1.26 8
154   flag St Kitts & Nevis 9.76 -1.38 -31
155   flag Zanzibar 9.75 0.3 -1
156   flag Mauritania 9.73 -0.05 -8
157   flag Namibia 9.71 0.21 -4
158   flag Niger 9.5 -0.05 -8
159   flag Grenada 9.39 0.87 3
160   flag San Marino 9.35 0.41 -1
161   flag Chad 9.05 -0.05 -4
162   flag Guinea Bissau 8.97 -0.05 -4
163   flag Surinam 8.81 0.22 -3
164   flag Bermuda 8.55 0.91 -1
165   flag Sri Lanka 8.28 1.37 7
166   flag Maldives Rep 8.19 1.92 12
167   flag French Guiana 8.11 0.77 -1
168   flag Antigua 7.89 0.41 -4
169   flag Neth.Antilles 7.7 1.51 10
170   flag Solomon Islands 7.61 2.19 13
171   flag Nicaragua 7.58 0.89 4
172   flag Cayman Islands 7.42 -0.02 -7
173   flag Seychelles 7.25 -0.05 -6
174   flag Taiwan 7.24 0.03 -5
175   flag Sao Tome & Principe 6.89 -0.05 -5
176   flag Bangladesh 6.68 -0.05 -2
177   flag Laos 6.6 0.78 4
178   flag Guyana 6.58 0.25 -1
179   flag Belize 6.58 0.09 -3
180   flag Fiji 6.5 -0.42 -9
181   flag Dominican Rep 6.27 -0.59 -8
182   flag Vanuatu 6.06 0.84 3
183   flag Somalia 5.89 0.3 -1
184   flag Tahiti 5.67 -0.47 -4
185   flag Nepal 5.35 -0.05 -1
186   flag Brit. Virgin Islands 5.31 1.94 9
187   flag Dominica 5.13 -0.05 -1
188   flag Pakistan 4.94 -0.05 -1
189   flag New Caledonia 4.84 0.53 2
190   flag Philippines 4.81 0.33 0
191   flag Cambodia 4.37 -0.52 -3
192   flag St Martin 4.34 -0.29 -3
193   flag Turks & Caicos 4.16 4.163 -1
194   flag Djibouti 3.87 -0.05 -2
195   flag Brunei 3.74 -0.05 -2
196   flag Aruba 3.64 -0.05 -2
197   flag Puerto Rico 3.46 0.7 1
198   flag Macao 3.29 -0.05 -2
199   flag Papua New Guinea 2.91 0.55 0
200   flag Mongolia 2.9 -0.05 -3
201   flag East Timor 2.25 2.25 0
202   flag Afghanistan 2.19 -0.05 -2
203   flag Bahamas 1.26 0.35 -2
204   flag Montserrat 0.75 0.7 -2
205   flag US Virgin Islands -0.54 0.82 -1
206   flag Guam -0.54 -0.05 -3
207   flag Bhutan -3.36 -0.05 -2
208   flag Western Samoa -3.9 -0.11 -2
209   flag Tonga -4.44 0.51 -2
210   flag Cook Islands -5.47 0.39 -2
211   flag Anguilla -6.75 0.9 -2
212   flag American Samoa -17.33 0.49 -2

Big Movers of 2004

Copa America winners, Brazil, and runners up, Argentina, took up the top 2 places in the rankings while Greece, who won Euro 2004 by defeating hosts Portugal in the final, finished the year in 4th spot.

Panama ascended the most having successfully negotiated the third round of the World Cup qualifiers with a 3-0 win in St Lucia and a 2-1 victory away to Jamaica. The Panamanians also held their American visitors to a 1-1 draw where they put 3 past El Salvador without reply. A 2-1 friendly win in Guatemala was also noteworthy. Libya punched above their weight in the World Cup qualifiers, recording a 2-1 home victory over Egypt where they thumped Benin 4-1 and won by a single goal away to Sudan. They also beat Jordan 1-0 in a friendly played in Nigeria.

St Vincent & the Grenadines knocked Nicaragua out of the World Cup qualifiers with a 4-1 home win and sent out shockwaves with a 3-0 win at St Kitts and Nevis having already beaten them 1-0 at home. In the Caribbean qualifiers they did the double over Grenada 3-1 at home and 1-0 away from home. In friendly matches they won 2-1 at St Lucia and 2-0 against their visitors from Martinique.

Yemen enjoyed a 3-1 home win over the U.A.E and drew 1-1 in Thailand in World Cup qualifiers. They also beat Syria 2-1 in a home friendly. Belarus thumped Latvia 4-1 in a friendly tournament in Cyprus having earlier inflicted a 2-0 loss upon their hosts. The Belarusians returned from a friendly in Turkey with a 2-1 win and in World Cup qualifiers drew 1-1 in Norway and smashed Moldova 4-0 in a home match.

Morocco reached the final of the Africa Cup of Nations beating Nigeria 1-0 and hammering Benin and Mali 4-0 on their way. Indonesia shocked their Qatari visitors 2-1 in an Asian qualifier and in World Cup qualifiers they sent Turkmenistan back 3-1 losers and won 2-0 away to Sri Lanka. A 3-0 friendly win in Vietnam was also a memorable result.

Norway put 3 past Sweden in a friendly match played in Hong Kong and enjoyed the same result at home to Slovenia in a World Cup qualifier having earlier been victorious 1-0 away to Scotland.

Hungary achieved some amazing results in friendly matches winning 2-0 in Germany and 3-0 in Scotland and thrashing Estonia 5-0 in Thailand. Bolivia not only enjoyed home wins against Paraguay 2-1 and Peru 1-0 in World Cup qualifiers, but also earned a 2-2 draw against Copa America hosts Peru.

Cameroon moved down the most in the rankings after being knocked out of the Africa Cup of Nations 2-1 by Nigeria having also drawn 1-1 with Algeria. In the World Cup qualifiers they lost 3-2 in Egypt and could only draw 1-1 in Sudan

St Kitts and Nevis fell 3-2 at home to Antigua and Barbuda and 1-0 away to St Vincent and the Grenadines in World Cup qualifiers. They also lost a friendly 1-0 away to Antigua and Barbuda.

Martinique Were held to a goalless draw at home to Guadeloupe and where they also lost 2-0 to Cuba in Caribbean qualifiers. They were also beaten 2-0 in a friendly away to St Vincent and the Grenadines.

Senegal could only draw 0-0 with Burkina Faso in the Africa Cup of Nations where they lost 1-0 to hosts Tunisia. They were also humiliated 3-1 in a World Cup qualifier in Togo.

El Salvador scraped past Bermuda 4-3 on aggregate to finish bottom of their group in the third round of the qualifications for the World Cup with 3-0 defeats at home to Jamaica and away to Panama. They also lost 3-0 and 4-0 at home to Guatemala and Honduras respectively in friendly matches.

Belgium got their World Cup qualifiers off to a poor start at home drawing 1-1 with Lithuania and losing 2-0 to Serbia and Montenegro. Egypt lost 2-1 to Algeria in the Africa Cup of Nations and by the same scoreline at home to Ivory Coast and away to Libya in World Cup qualifiers.

Latvia suffered some heavy defeats losing 3-0 to the Dutch in the Euros and 4-1 to Belarus in a friendly in Cyprus and another 4-1 in a World Cup qualifier in Slovakia.

Saudi Arabia had a poor Asian Cup finishing bottom of their group with a 2-2 draw against Turkmenistan and defeats 1-0 to Uzbekistan and 2-1 against Iraq.

Luxembourg sank in the rankings mostly due to being taken apart 4-0 at home to minnows Liechtenstein in a World Cup qualifier.

The biggest surprise of the year was Vanuatu's 4-2 wipe-out of New Zealand in a World Cup qualifier played in Australia. Another big shock was Bermuda's 2-0 loss to the British Virgin Islands in a Caribbean Cup qualifier played in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

Two more countries entered the rankings. The Turks and Caicos Islands moved in at 192nd and East Timor 201st position.

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