Should England be considered the sixth-best team in world football? Should Honduras be ranked 59th?
Later this week FIFA will release its latest World Rankings—that imperfect list compiled by impossible calculations, that eyebrow-raising exercise meant more for discussion than credibility.
So let’s discuss.
While the sport’s governing body, to its credit, has tried its best to produce an objective equation (rankings are made based on points gained from matches, the importance of the contest, the strength of the opponent and the quality of the confederation), the realities of geography, matches played and economic means combine to make true objectivity a futile target.
Nevertheless, the list never ceases to generate debate, and the one due to come out on Wednesday will be no exception. There will be righteous outrage over teams that should have climbed higher in the table; there will be indignation over the ones placed in those heights that shouldn’t have been.
But we might as well have fun with it. After all, there is little that so stirs the passions of football fans as international exploits. And with a World Cup looming on the horizon those passions will no doubt be as fierce as ever.
With that, we give you the Unofficial Bleacher Report World Football Rankings. The following slides will reveal our own version of the top-25 international teams, and readers are welcome to post their own rankings in the comments section below.