Spain is not number 1 anymore
25 Aug 11
FIFA rankings are calculated based on the outcome of the game, importance of the match, strength of the opposition and strength of confederation. Each of these are given a specific weight. But I will not elaborate that one here. I will leave that one to you. After all, the rankings are constantly being updated in the FIFA website. The Oranje (as how team Netherlands is called) simply gained the number 1 spot via Spain's loss to Italy in a friendly match. This is how Netherlands gained the top spot. So effortless, isn't it? A team being ranked as number 1 means that there is a lot of points to lose when it gets beaten. So when Spain lost to Italy, its total points in order to stay on top is now less than Netherlands' points. This allowed the Dutch team to move up one spot higher. It should be noted that friendlies are taken into consideration in the calculation of points. In FIFA, you can't just really play friendly against another team if you want to maintain your standing. Every match counts and a team needs to work hard for it in order to keep the top spot.
25 Aug 11
That is the funny ways of the rankings system. I think for all concerned Spain is still the best team in the world. Holland, after their antics in the world cup final actually have moved down in my eyes as the best team in the world. So I really do not think the ratings really reflect the right standings. Cheers! Ram
26 Aug 11
I always have high regard for the Italian team. Only in the last world cup they were too old and too slow. It was almost as the previous world cup winning team was more or less completely retained and they were older and slower. If the team is being rebuilt that is good news for world soccer as we need a strong Italian team to keep the interest in the game. Cheers! Ram
25 Aug 11
I guess you are talking about the IFFHS statistics, which make this ranking. Well, my answer is simple: Spain has beaten Holland in the World Cup final, so that is what matters. This is only a statistical ranking, which has no real influence on other things. So I guess this is only a ranking which orientates us, but not more.
• United Arab Emirates
25 Aug 11
FIFA rankings arent true and they do not reflect the real strength of clubs. Im Egyptian and the Egyptian team has been ranked 10th or 11th in the world sometime between January and March 2011, but that did not mean tht they are REALLY the 10th or 11th in the world. I still see Spain as number one reagrdless of this ranking although it matters wen they r making the qualification stages. In my opinion, Holland does not deserve the first place, but they should be second as they reached world cup finals in 2010.