Italy Rreclaim Top Spot

Somewhat unsurprisingly, the latest edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking shows that world champions Italy are back on top, with Luca Toni's brace against Scotland in the UEFA EURO 2008 qualifiers helping to bring Argentina's brief, one-month reign to an abrupt halt.

Northern Ireland's David Healy celebrates scoring in his side's win over Sweden, a result which has helped them climb the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking ladder.

The Argentinians, who have not played since the last edition of the ranking, have fallen away slightly due to the devaluation of results from previous years, as have Brazil despite recording two victories in friendly matches.

There is better news, however, for the Netherlands (sixth, up one), Portugal (seventh, up one) and Spain (ninth, up one) who all move up one place in the top ten, but England (eighth, down two) and the Czech Republic (tenth, down one) slip back after a draw in Israel and defeat to Germany respectively.

Impressive performances in their EURO 2008 qualifiers result in climbs for Turkey (17th, up ten), the Republic of Ireland (31st, up 20), Northern Ireland (33rd, up 14) and Bosnia-Herzegovina (47th, up 11).

Thanks to their stunning victory over Sweden, the Northern Irish have equalled their best-ever world ranking performance, a height last achieved in May 1994.

Success in qualifiers for the CAF Africa Cup of Nations 2008 has also brought significant gains for three major African teams - Cameroon (13th, up five), Nigeria (27th, up nine) and Guinea (50th, up 12).

Further down the ranking, nine other teams also jump ten or more places, with Liechtenstein (131st, up 31) making the biggest move thanks to their triumph over Latvia, which was only Liechtenstein's fourth ever victory in competitive football.

- The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on 16 May 2007.

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1 Italy 16041      12
2 Argentina 1594-1      -22
3 Brazil 15200      -37
4 France 14960      -19
5 Germany 13930      3
6 Netherlands 13021      -11
7 Portugal 12921      4
8 England 1278-2      -61
9 Spain 12371      76
10 Czech Republic 1169-1      -26
11 Ukraine 10210      -16
12 Croatia 10110      29
13 Cameroon 9685      75
14 Romania 9290      10
15 Greece 905-2     -56
16 Russia 9017      47
17 Turkey 89210      77
18 Mexico 8883      15
19 Scotland 885-3      -26
20 Switzerland 877-3      -29
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21 Poland 8703      20
22 Denmark 8630      1
23 Uruguay 8623      21
24 Sweden 857-9      -57
25 Côte d'Ivoire 847-5      -28
26 Colombia 8255      81
27 Nigeria 8249      130
28 Ghana 813-9      -68
29 USA 7821      37
30 Ecuador 780-6      -70
31 Republic of Ireland 76620      189
32 Serbia 757-4      -11
33 Israel 7425      53
33 Northern Ireland 74214      127
35 Paraguay 711-6      -37
36 Slovakia 6991      6
37 Chile 696-5      -12
38 Bulgaria 6951      8
39 Egypt 6892      44
40 Mali 686-5      -10
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40 Senegal 6865      54
42 Iran 673-8      -32
43 Australia 668-3      11
44 Tunisia 6552      38
45 Finland 649-12    -58
46 Japan 634-4      -5
47 Bosnia-Herzegovina 62811      118
48 Morocco 624-4      -9
49 Norway 616-6      -21
50 Guinea 58912      94
51 Korea Republic 585-3      -24
52 Costa Rica 570-2      -9
52 Honduras 5700      8
54 FYR Macedonia 551-5      -34
55 Burkina Faso 5491      18
56 Panama 528-2      -29
57 Angola 5200      8
58 Hungary 5186      44
59 Belgium 512-4      -34
60 Uzbekistan 511-7      -47
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61 South Africa 498-1      -1
62 Saudi Arabia 4772      3
63 Belarus 4753      9
64 Algeria 47114      56
65 Cuba 468-6      -34
66 Trinidad and Tobago 4652      10
66 Togo 4655      20
68 Jamaica 459-7      -39
69 Zambia 456-2      -4
70 Peru 4480      -3
71 Venezuela 4473      17
72 Oman 4321      -1
72 China PR 4323      6
74 Wales 4233      4
75 Austria 422-12    -66
76 Slovenia 419-4      -19
77 Albania 40611      45
78 Iraq 4024      9
79 Congo 39614      51
80 Cyprus 395-12    -60
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80 Jordan 3951      -3
82 Zimbabwe 3899      38
83 Qatar 387-3      -16
84 Congo DR 385-1      4
85 Georgia 3740      0
86 Haiti 3732      12
87 Equatorial Guinea 36520      101
88 Cape Verde Islands 357-9      -56
89 Lithuania 356-13    -69
90 Guatemala 3510      -9
91 United Arab Emirates 3481      -1
92 Moldova 3452      3
93 Libya 3434      23
94 Canada 3429      57
95 Ethiopia 340-8      -22
96 Kuwait 338-12    -37
97 Iceland 332-11    -35
97 Bolivia 3324      32
99 Guyana 328-4      0
100 Bahrain 317-4      -8
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101 Botswana 3144      37
102 St. Vincent and the Grenadines 313-2      5
103 Azerbaijan 29820      97
104 Latvia 297-6      -17
105 Gabon 294-7      -20
106 Uganda 291-4      -5
107 Malawi 289-3      7
107 Benin 28911      74
109 Hong Kong 256-1      -4
110 Estonia 247-4      -19
110 Malta 2471      -2
110 Syria 2472      2
113 Barbados 245-4      -7
114 Sudan 2401      11
115 Suriname 236-2      2
116 Tanzania 235-6     -15
116 Kazakhstan 23527      91
118 Liberia 224-4      -6
119 Thailand 2181      9
120 Burundi 217-3      -1
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121 Rwanda 2120      7
122 Kenya 2046      18
123 Bermuda 199-7      -22
124 Singapore 193-1      -8
125 Antigua and Barbuda 1925      10
126 Mozambique 1885      14
127 Armenia 184-8      -26
128 Namibia 175-5      -26
129 Mauritania 174-7      -28
130 Lebanon 1712      -2
131 Liechtenstein 16831      84
132 New Zealand 166-3      -17
133 Gambia 1621      -7
134 Chad 1591      2
135 Yemen 1582      2
136 Seychelles 157-4      -16
137 St. Kitts and Nevis 1534      4
138 Palestine 150-12    -44
139 Dominican Republic 149-4      -8
140 Vietnam 148-1      -5
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140 Eritrea 1482     2
142 Korea DPR 144-2      -7
143 El Salvador 135-5      -20
144 Niger 1264      9
145 Tajikistan 122-18    -66
145 Mauritius 122-1      -10
147 Lesotho 12019     49
148 Indonesia 118-2      -2
149 Bahamas 1111      -2
150 Swaziland 110-1      -5
151 Kyrgyzstan 108-6      -23
152 Fiji 1071      0
153 Sierra Leone 100-1      -8
154 Myanmar 98-3      -14
154 Malaysia 980      2
154 Nicaragua 982      5
154 Solomon Islands 989      17
158 Grenada 952      8
159 Maldives 89-1      1
160 Sri Lanka 85-13    -34
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161 Andorra 842      3
162 Vanuatu 825      12
163 Turkmenistan 76-5      -12
164 St. Lucia 72-7      -18
165 Laos 70-4      -16
165 India 700      -6
167 Chinese Taipei 671      3
168 Turks and Caicos Islands 640      0
169 Philippines 5810      15
170 Netherlands Antilles 552      -7
170 Tahiti 553      0
170 Cambodia 556      6
173 Brunei Darussalam 511      -2
173 New Caledonia 512      0
175 Papua New Guinea 472      0
176 Bangladesh 45-21    -50
177 Luxembourg 381      -7
178 British Virgin Islands 336      6
179 Faroe Islands 323      0
180 Central African Republic 303      0
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181 Dominica 280      -14
182 Mongolia 272      0
182 Madagascar 272      0
184 Pakistan 26-14    -37
184 Comoros 263     0
186 Nepal 24-16    -39
187 Samoa 221      0
188 Tonga 212      0
189 Cayman Islands 202      0
190 Afghanistan 18-11    -25
190 Macau 18-2      -4
190 Guinea-Bissau 183      0
193 Bhutan 14-1      -5
194 Somalia 130      0
195 Puerto Rico 100      0
196 San Marino 80      -1
197 Anguilla 40      -2
198 Cook Islands 30      0
199 Montserrat 00      0
199 Guam 00      0
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199 American Samoa 00      0
199 Timor-Leste 00      0
199 Belize 00      0
199 Djibouti 00      0
199 São Tomé e Príncipe 00      0
199 Aruba 00      0
199 US Virgin Islands 00      0

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