Big Movers of 2001
Germany ended the year at the top having lifted the European Cup on home soil while North Korea moved up into 2nd place after winning the Asian Cup in Taiwan.
Vietnam sailed past Indonesia 6-0 and thumped Thailand 4-0 in friendly matches in Malaysia and smashed Singapore 8-0 in the Asian Cup in Taiwan where they were unlucky to be drawn in the same group as the eventual finalists North Korea and Japan.
South Korea beat Brazil and China 3-1 in home friendly matches and also finished top of their Asian Cup group thrashing India 7-0 on the way and defeating hosts Taiwan by a single goal to nil.
North Korea who eased past Romania 4-0 and hosts Bulgaria 3-0 in a friendly tournament defeated China 2-0 and 3-2 in friendly matches at home and 3-1 in the semi final of the Asian Cup on their way to winning the tournament where they had annihilate Guam 19-0 and obliterate Singapore 24-0 in group matches.
Moldova enjoyed an amazing 2-1 win away to Greece in a Euro qualifier.
Uzbekistan defeated the Philippines 5-0 and Hong Kong 4-0 in the Asian Cup.
Greece ended the year on a low, losing 6-1 in Yugoslavia, 5-0 in Ireland and 2-1 at home to Moldova in European qualifiers.
Wales lost 2-0 at home to Austria and Belgium and were hammered 5-1 in Scotland in Euro qualifiers.
Romania were beaten 4-0 by North Korea and by a single goal to nil by Belarus and Moldova in friendly matches in Bulgaria and also lost 1-0 away to Israel in a Euro qualifier.
Guam lost friendly matches in the Philippines 10-0 to their hosts and 4-0 to the lowly ranked Singapore to whom they lost 2-1 in the Asian Cup to finish bottom of their group having already been tossed aside 19-0 by North Korea and 11-0 by Japan.
The biggest surprise of the year was Iceland's shocking 6-1 loss away to Spain in a World Cup qualifier. The highest-scoring match was North Korea's record-breaking 24-0 win over Singapore.
The only country to join the rankings was Singapore who moved into 96th place.