Croatia fell 2 spots down to #12 in the February 2008 FIFA World Rankings. Greece moved up to #10 and England took the 11th spot with their 2-1 win over the Swiss at Wembley earlier this month. The top nine remained the same from January. This means absolutely nothing for Croatia and only furthermore proves my point of how horrible the FIFA Ranking system is and why it needs to be fixed.
Argentina has topped the rankings for the past few months with #2 Brazil right behind them. Now, can someone please explain to me how Argentina can possibly be #1 and how they even got there? Argentina only made it to the World Cup quarterfinals; losing to Germany in penalties and then lost to Brazil 3-0 in the CONMEBOL (South America) final last summer. So they’re not even the best team in their confederation!
Italy easily should have stayed at #1 without debate after they took the title in ’06. I think it’s fair enough to say that if you win the World Cup and then qualify for your confederation’s championship (in this case EuroCup) you are doing enough to be the undisputed champion.
Spain at #4, what a joke! I wouldn’t put them in the top 15. They qualified as usual, had the easiest draw I’ve ever seen in the World Cup having faced Ukraine, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia and still couldn’t get past the round of 16. Although, if Croatia does not do some damage at this summer’s Euro, I’m going to have to compare them to Spain with there ‘always qualify but never do anything in a tournament’ campaign- since ’98 of course.
So for you Argentinians who get to claim #1 for doing nothing and the Italians who are being robbed of what they deserve- even though they had the luckiest of draws in the World Cup in my opinion, let me know what you think of the system and what needs to be done to justify it.