FIFA World Rankings, March 2009: Portugal Back Into Top Ten
FIFA published their world rankings for March 2009 today. As most of the matches played in February were friendlies, there are no new entries in the top 20. Portugal, however, do move up two places to regain their place in the top ten.
Spain remain FIFA’s top ranked side for the ninth consecutive month. Brazil remain just behind Italy in fifth place despite their 2-0 victory over the world champions in London last month.
The USA climb three places on the back of their fine 2—0 qualifying win over Mexico and are now ranked 17th, their highest ranking since August 2007.
Colombia and Belgium both move into the Top 50 after friendly victories last month. The biggest movers in the Top 50 are Norway who rise 11 places up to 45 after their impressive friendly win over second-ranked Germany in Dusseldorf.
The home nations have mixed fortunes, England drop one place to ninth after losing in Seville, whereas Scotland are up four places to 28, just two places behind the Republic of Ireland, who rise three places to 26.
Northern Ireland are up seven positions to 42 after a competitive win last month, while Wales slip down three places to 68 after defeat to Poland last time out.
FIFA World Rankings, Top 20, March 2009
(movements from February rankings in parenthesis)
1. Spain (-)
2. Germany (-)
3. Netherlands (-)
4. Italy (-)
5. Brazil (-)
6. Argentina (-)
7. Croatia (-)
8. Russia (+1)
9. England (-1)
10. Portugal (+2)
11. Turkey (-1)
12. France (-1)
13. Czech Republic (-1)
14. Ukraine (-)
15. Paraguay (-)
16. Cameroon (-)
17. USA (+3)
18. Israel (-)
19. Greece (-)
20. Romania (-3)
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