Wednesday, July 18, 2007

USA Moves Up 2; Brazil Reclaims #1

FIFA released its July rankings today and Brazil moved up two spots to retake the #1 spot in the rankings. This is mostly based on winning the Copa America championship last Sunday. FIFA has also devauled the 2006 FIFA World Cup results by 50%, which also helps Brazil.

Along the same line, the USA moved up two more spots in the rankings, to #14. This is based off of their CONCACAF Gold Cup championship. Had the USA actually won a match in the Copa America, I think we might have seen the Yanks take over the #13 spot.

Mexico and Uruguay made the largest moves; Mexico jumped 16 spots to move into #10 based on their runner up finish in the Gold Cup and their third place finish in the Copa America. Uruguay moved up eleven spots to #19 based on their fourth place finish in the Copa America.

I guess even with the new formulas, the same skewed results and rankings still show up in this system.



Anonymous Mario said...

There is an alternate rating site that evaluates soccer national teams based on their historical results. They use the Elo system that is currently used to rate chess players throughout the world.

You can get information about this independent rating system at the Wikipedia.

The rating results based on this system are posted at World Football Elo Ratings site.

After the Gold Cup, the US was in 9th place if I remember correctly. Mexico was about 16th.

The current results take into account last Copa America.

I hope US can take international events all their key players so the team can shine all the way.

11:56 AM  

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