Big Movers of 2011
The year saw a lot of big moves in the rankings, though Spain continued their reign at the top. Uruguay moved into 2nd place after lifting the Copa America in Argentina with a 3-0 win over Paraguay and Gold Cup winners Mexico who defeated hosts USA 4-2 in the final moved into 5th place.
Wales picked up 9 points towards the end of their 2012 Euro qualifiers with home wins against Montenegro 2-1 and Switzerland 2-0 before finishing with a 1-0 victory in Bulgaria whom hey finished above in their group.
Armenia who did well to win 3-0 in Andorra went on to record a massive 4-0 win in Slovakia before thumping Macedonia 4-1 in Yerevan to finish 3rd in their Euro qualifier group.
Uzbekistan topped their Asian Cup group ahead of hosts Qatar whom they defeated 2-0 before also putting 2 past Kuwait. They got the better of Jordan 2-1 to reach the semi-finals of the Asian Cup.
Lebanon qualified for the fourth round of the World Cup qualifiers in Asia after a 3-1 win at home to the UAE, a 2-2 draw at home to Kuwait followed by a 1-0 victory in the return match and a 2-1 home triumph over South Korea.
Peru began Copa America with a 1-1 draw against eventual champions Uruguay and eliminated Colombia 2-0 in extra time finally finishing 3rd with the 4-1 thumping of Venezuela in Argentina. They also enjoyed a 2-0 home win over Copa America finalists Paraguay in a World Cup qualifier.
Jordan progressed from their Asian Cup group in Qatar behind Japan on goal difference having drawn 1-1 with the Japanese and achieved 1-0 and 2-1 wins over Saudi Arabia and Syria respectively. They also celebrated a 2-0 win away to Iraq in a World Cup qualifier.
Sudan played 21 matches picking up some good results including a 2-0 friendly win against Tanzania in Egypt and a 1-0 victory away to Congo in an African qualifier.
Bahrain won 2-0 away to Indonesia in a World Cup qualifier and eased passed Iraq 3-0 in a friendly in Doha.
Slovakia who were beaten 2-1 in a friendly in Luxembourg could only manage a 1-0 win against Andorra on their home ground where they were humiliated 4-0 by Andorra and beaten 1-0 by Russia.
Kuwait finished bottom of their Asian Cup group, losing 2-0 to China, 2-1 to Uzbekistan and 3-0 to hosts Qatar. In World Cup qualifiers they drew 2-2 in Lebanon and suffered a 1-0 defeat in the return match.
Norway began the year in 12th place, but sank after losing a friendly 1-0 to Poland in Portugal and then failed to reach the Euros having drawn 1-1 at home to Denmark and fallen 2-0 in the return match.
Cyprus had disappointing home results in the Euro qualifiers, playing a goalless match with Iceland before being brushed aside 4-0 by Portugal and 4-1 at the hands of Denmark.
Lithuania were stunned 2-0 in Liechtenstein and could only draw the return match 0-0 in Euro qualifiers which ended with a 4-1 home thrashing by the Czech Republic.
Egypt finished bottom of their Africa Cup of Nations qualifying group after losing 1-0 in South Africa and being humbled 2-1 in Sierra Leone.
Northern Ireland who were easily beaten 3-0 away to Scotland in a friendly, lost 2-0 to Wales in Dublin. In Euro qualifiers they lost 1-0 at home to Serbia and were smashed 4-1 away to Estonia before losing the return match 2-1 in Belfast.
Montenegro had a reversal of form from 2010 drawing 1-1 at home to Bulgaria before losing their away matches 2-1 in Wales and 2-0 in Switzerland to reach only the play-offs where the nail in their coffin was a 1-0 defeat at home to the Czech Republic.
The shock of the year was a victory for bottom team American Samoa who recorded a rare win beating Tonga 2-1 in a World Cup qualifier played in Samoa. In another World Cup qualifier Belize celebrated an astonishing 3-0 victory in Grenada.
The only team to join the rankings was Kiribati who moved in at one place above the bottom team America Samoa. Curašao replaced Netherland Antilles.