Big Movers of 2006
World champions Italy finished the year 2nd in the rankings after losing a friendly 2-0 in Croatia, drawing a Euro qualifier 1-1 at home to Lithuania and losing another Euro qualifier 3-1 away to World Cup finalists France.
Ghana had a poor Africa Cup of Nations where their only win was by a single goal against Senegal, but they excelled in the World Cup beating the Czech Republic 2-0 and the Americans 2-1 to reach the next round.
Ivory Coast reached the final of the Africa Cup of Nations having defeated Nigeria 1-0 in the semi final but lost out to hosts Egypt on penalties.
Macedonia held England to a goalless draw at Wembley and picked up 3 points with a goal in Estonia in European qualifiers.
Angola played in the World Cup where they drew 0-0 with Mexico.
Guyana won their first round qualification group for the Caribbean Cup played in Netherlands Antilles with convincing 5-0 wins over their hosts and Suriname. They hosted and won their second-round group with 3 more wins including the 6-0 thrashing of Antigua and Barbuda.
Togo moved down the most after losing 2-0 to DR Congo and continuing with 2 more defeats to finish bottom of their Africa Cup of Nations group.
Tunisia were brushed aside 3-0 by Guinea in a group match at the Africa Cup of Nations and began their qualification campaign for the next tournament with a goalless draw in Mauritius.
China finished behind Iraq in the Asian Cup qualifiers after losing to them 2-1 in Iraq's adopted home the UAE.
St Lucia finished bottom of their first qualifying group played in Jamaica, suffering an 8-0 spanking by St Vincent and the Grenadines in the process.
Bosnia and Herzegovina were stumped 3-1 by Hungary and humiliated 4-0 by Greece in home qualifiers for the next Euros.
Japan got off to a disappointing start in the World Cup losing 3-1 to Australia and ended up bottom of their group. Despite winning their qualifying-round group they had a disappointing 1-0 loss in Saudi Arabia.
The biggest surprise of the year was Bahamas splendid 3-1 victory over the Cayman Islands in a Caribbean Cup qualifier played in Cuba. Another big result was Botswana's 4-0 humiliation in an African qualifier away to Mauritania.
The only country to join the rankings was Comoros while Australia moved to the Asian Football Confederation and Serbia became an independent nation.