Wednesday, 24 October 2007

[World Rankings] Azzurri slip to third

There has been yet another change - the sixth this year - at the top of October's FIFA World Ranking, with World champions Italy slipping down to third.

Argentina have cruised back to the top after a superb start to the South American qualifiers for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, while Italy have also seen Brazil overtake them despite two victories against Georgia and South Africa this month after the devaluation of other wins from previous years.

Italy's next opponents in the UEFA Euro 2008 qualification campaign on November 17, Scotland, have moved up to 13th - their best performance since the World Ranking was introduced in 1993.

The Azzurri, who need 4 points from their remaining two games to reach the finals next year, finish off with a home game against 194th-placed Faroe Islands on November 21.

The next rankings will be published on 23 November 2007.

Top 10 (October 2007):
[1] Argentina, 1533 points
[2] Brazil, 1459
[3] Italy, 1387
[4] France, 1271
[5] Germany, 1245
[6] Spain, 1226
[7] Netherlands, 1207
[8] Portugal, 1203
[9] Czech Republic, 1174
[10] Croatia, 1155

[Full Rankings]

Source: FIFA

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