Big Movers of 2002
Germany remained at the top of the rankings while Sweden overtook North Korea into 2nd spot with the USA moving up 3 places into 4th.
Cameroon advanced from their African Championship group having defeated Angola 1-0 and finished the tournament with a 3-0 win over South Africa in Nigeria to pick up bronze.
Israel moved up the ladder with a 1-1 draw away to Romania and a 2-1 home win against Croatia in European qualifiers.
Greece triumphed 3-0 away to Moldova in a euro qualifier and defeated Romania 2-0 in a home friendly.
Wales defeated their hosts at a friendly tournament in Portugal and drew 1-1 away to Austria in a European qualifier.
Costa Rica qualified for the Gold Cup hosted by the USA and Canada with convincing wins over Guatemala 4-0 and Panama 4-1 in El Salvador. In the finals they thumped Haiti 5-0 to get out of their group finishing 4th in the tournament.
Scotland romped to 4-0 and 5-0 home wins over Belgium and Austria respectively in European qualifiers.
Portugal who lost 1-0 at home to Wales in a friendly tournament also lost World Cup qualifiers 3-0 away to England 8-0 at home to Germany and 4-1 in the Netherlands.
Zambia lost 4-0 away to Zimbabwe in a friendly tournament and were swept aside 4-1 at home to South Africa in a World Cup qualifier.
Moldova were smashed 6-0 away to Ireland and Yugoslavia and lost 3-0 at home to Greece in World Cup qualifiers.
The most surprising result of the year was Panama's 4-2 victory over Trinidad and Tobago in a World Cup qualifier played in the USA while the highest-scoring match was Zimbabwe's 15-0 lashing of Lesotho in a friendly.
A total of 12 countries joined the rankings. Ethiopia moved into 71st spot, after qualifying for the African Championships, with Panama, Mali, Uganda, Suriname, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Bahamas, Mozambique, Swaziland, Dominica and Lesotho occupying lower positions right down to the bottom of the table.