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Now .. why is Brazil falling?Say there are 2 matches next week: Brazil 10x0 Spain (friendly) & Argentina 1x0 Bolivia (WC 2014 Qual)Brazil gets 600 pts (3 pt x 1 (friendly) x 2 (Spain's 1st) x 1 (SA vs EURO) x 100 pts);Argentina gets 877.5 pts (3 pt x 2.5 (WC Qual) x 1.17 (Bolivia-83rd) x 1 (SA) x 100 pts);So, Argentina climbs 277 pt above Brazil, who killed Spain. Does it make sense now?
I think most of you have the wrong interpretation of the FIFA raking system. It doesn't tell you who the best teams ARE. It actually tells you which teams HAVE BEEN THE BEST in the last 48 months. And half of the points obtained in the raking come FROM THE PREVIOUS 12 MONTHS.So, anything that happened prior to July 2008 was forgotten for this month's ranking. And that's that
The only joke on this news story is the number of uneducated posts.The performance is not relevant, results are.How stupid do you need to be to not understand that?Having a panel of judges (like the orcs here) making the call who is 'best' is just not wise.The list means nothing, it's just doing it's best to try and order chaos.On past results 4th-6th is where England are. Deal with it.
You sure this is FIFA and not UK rankings?
These rantkings are the result of misleading statistical analysis or flawed statistical process.Either way, the result is almost certainly incorrect. Perhaps having world rankings for national football teams is wrong as the results are inaccurate and misleading?
FIFA are a football embarassment. England 4th next thing is shreck is World Player of the year with England getting a special award for the most attacking team. Rooneys goal goal of the tournament, Joe Hart best judge after his studies of Italian penalities for the past 10 years. Football is becoming more of a joke daily and the FIFA rankings are testimony to this.
this proves the ratings system is a complete joke, there is no way on earth England could ever be considered the 4th best team in the world !!! how have they gone up in the rankings based on those performances....
@ MarkI completely agree. A lot of it is down to the typical arrogance of us Englishmen: "our top league is the best, so why aspire to play elsewhere?"I think a lot more players should follow the example of young Dale Jennings, and try and crack continental Europe. Germany, France, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands... they're all wonderful countries with wonderful people and good quality football.
This is crazy, we are a second- tier nation when it comes to football. We were outplayed in every game of the Euro's but managed to squeeze past Sweden and Ukraine. We need to seriously look at the opportunity given to English youngsters in the Premiership as they are continually overlooked by foreign talent from as young as 11. The FA have a lot to answer for in my opinion.
According to the latest FIFA Rankings, Denmark and Croatia are both better than Brazil, and Wales are better than Bosnia-Herzegovina, Ukraine, Egypt, Montenegro and Poland... Hmm...
You win most matches, and don't lose many, you get a high ranking. The rankings are not subjective, just results based.England are not the 4th best team in the world, clearly, but are top 10. That is not delusional, just results based. Delusional would be to say that team hardly anyone can beat is 24th best in the world.
England the 4th best football team in teh world? just proves why noone on earth should take any notice of these flawed rankings. England would be lucky to be the 24th best team in the world.
what a rubbish metric FIFA run.
Question: Does the EPL have a style of play such that players will rebel if they must become as fit as those who play for Barcelona (for instance)? Secondly, how is it that England's players are relatively incapable of passing and receiving passes?
As Robbie@500 says:Played 46Won 30Drawn 1Lost 6 Reading won the championships after playing 46 games, and they only won 27 & lost 11, so England's recent form isn't bad at all.P.S But I still think FIFA are insane!
A trip to No10 and team of the year on Sports Personality on the cards then
How can England be ranked 4? when the last time they got to the last 4 (semi finals) was 16 years ago at Euro96 when they hosted it.
Let's be honest if you dislike England you are always going to say they are overrated, the facts are like Chris Robbie said are that England are hard to beat, take away your bias and yes I know they are not playing pretty football, but at the Euros they didn't lose a football match.@587 .... England wasn't outplayed by Sweden it was pretty even, the Ukraine goal was offside then they scored!
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