2014 FIFA World Football Rankings

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It is World Cup year and the tournament returns to the land of Samba but how is the world ranking as per 1st January 2014?

Spain sits at the pinnacle as the defending champion, the highest ranked and definitely the team to beat.

Germany, Argentina, Columbia and Portugal makes up the Top 5, while number one favourite team in the world, Brazil had dropped to 10th while no hopers but still the favourite of many due to the success of the EPL, England dropped to a deserving 13th place.

I did a similar ranking check back in 2010 after the previous world cup and the sad news is that Malaysia dropped further down the pecking order from 142nd placed down to 154th. What’s most embarrassing is that Malaysia has fallen behind Philippines. While we pat ourselves and gloat over our limited regional successes but on the global stage, the sad truth is that we are 154th out of 207 countries. With the current leadership and public attitude we have, it is no wonder we are where we are.

2014 2010 Country
1 1 Spain
2 4 Germany
3 5 Argentina
4 39 Colombia
5 8 Portugal
6 6 Uruguay
7 11 Italy
8 18 Switzerland
9 2 Netherlands
10 3 Brazil
11 48 Belgium
12 12 Greece
13 7 England
14 13 USA
15 10 Chile
16 15 Croatia
17 26 Côte d’Ivoire
18 25 Ukraine
19 57 Bosnia and Herzegovina
20 21 France
21 24 Mexico
22 17 Russia
23 58 Ecuador
24 23 Ghana
25 29 Denmark
26 33 Algeria
27 35 Sweden
28 31 Czech Republic
29 19 Slovenia
30 13 Serbia
31 49 Costa Rica
32 42 Romania
33 64 Iran
34 41 Scotland
35 96 Armenia
36 47 Venezuela
37 30 Nigeria
38 94 Panama
39 38 Peru
39 108 Cape Verde Islands
41 9 Egypt
42 46 Honduras
43 28 Turkey
44 62 Hungary
45 55 Mali
46 60 Austria
47 32 Japan
48 65 Tunisia
49 79 Iceland
50 40 Cameroon
51 16 Paraguay
52 72 Montenegro
53 45 Burkina Faso
54 22 Norway
54 44 Korea Republic
56 84 Wales
57 71 Albania
58 20 Australia
59 96 Libya
60 27 Slovakia
61 101 Guinea
62 66 South Africa
63 37 Israel
64 51 Finland
65 91 Senegal
65 98 Jordan
67 36 Republic of Ireland
68 87 Uzbekistan
69 73 Zambia
70 53 Bolivia
71 88 United Arab Emirates
72 75 Togo
73 82 Morocco
74 43 Bulgaria
75 139 Sierra Leone
76 56 Poland
77 34 Gabon
78 76 Trinidad and Tobago
79 130 Haiti
80 83 Jamaica
81 77 Belarus
82 124 Congo DR
83 66 FYR Macedonia
84 107 Congo
85 81 Oman
86 70 Uganda
87 68 Saudi Arabia
88 86 Angola
89 59 Northern Ireland
90 54 New Zealand
90 90 El Salvador
92 78 China PR
93 146 Ethiopia
94 95 Estonia
94 106 Azerbaijan
96 89 Moldova
97 93 Botswana
98 156 Liberia
99 61 Benin
100 114 Cuba
101 111 Georgia
102 52 Lithuania
103 98 Qatar
104 147 Niger
105 85 Kuwait
106 202 Central African Republic
107 110 Zimbabwe
108 147 Equatorial Guinea
109 115 Kenya
110 69 Bahrain
110 104 Iraq
112 100 Canada
113 118 Guatemala
114 137 Tajikistan
115 185 Dominican Republic
116 50 Latvia
116 74 Malawi
118 80 Mozambique
119 121 Sudan
120 112 Tanzania
121 151 Lebanon
121 162 New Caledonia
123 116 Luxembourg
124 141 Burundi
125 119 Namibia
126 63 Cyprus
127 167 Philippines
128 126 Kazakhstan
129 92 Syria
130 143 Myanmar
131 102 Gambia
132 152 Malta
133 113 Rwanda
133 123 Suriname
135 136 Turkmenistan
136 133 Grenada
137 171 Palestine
138 103 Korea DPR
138 154 Lesotho
140 135 Hong Kong
140 193 Afghanistan
142 168 Mauritania
143 188 Tahiti
144 127 Vietnam
145 129 Antigua and Barbuda
146 105 Thailand
147 165 Kyrgyzstan
147 188 St. Lucia
149 147 St. Kitts and Nevis
150 119 Guyana
150 121 Singapore
152 173 Laos
153 160 St. Vincent and the Grenadines
154 132 India
154 140 Liechtenstein
154 142 Malaysia
154 170 Puerto Rico
158 São Tomé e Príncipe
159 182 Belize
160 161 Nicaragua
161 138 Indonesia
161 193 Guam
163 145 Maldives
164 124 Chad
164 153 Bangladesh
166 128 Barbados
167 166 Chinese Taipei
167 180 Dominica
169 155 Sri Lanka
170 117 Faroe Islands
170 197 Aruba
172 156 Nepal
172 163 Pakistan
172 169 Solomon Islands
175 159 Bermuda
176 177 Seychelles
177 177 Mauritius
178 Curaçao
179 109 Yemen
180 163 Vanuatu
181 182 Mongolia
182 130 Fiji
183 176 Samoa
184 188 Guinea-Bissau
185 179 Bahamas
186 134 Swaziland
187 144 Madagascar
187 202 Montserrat
189 180 Cambodia
190 186 Tonga
190 187 Brunei Darussalam
190 200 Timor-Leste
193 199 US Virgin Islands
194 173 Cayman Islands
194 202 Papua New Guinea
196 191 British Virgin Islands
196 202 American Samoa
198 172 Comoros
198 201 Andorra
200 158 Eritrea
201 196 Macau
201 South Sudan
203 173 Somalia
204 191 Djibouti
205 193 Cook Islands
206 202 Anguilla
207 182 Turks and Caicos Islands
207 198 Bhutan
207 202 San Marino
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