ZURICH, Switzerland (Sept. 19, 2002) - Just one month after entering the Top 10 for the first time in team history at the number nine spot, the U.S. Men’s National Team continued its climb in the FIFA World Rankings by moving up one notch to an all-time high eighth, ahead of such powerhouses as Italy and England. Turkey moved up four spots to find itself in the Top 10 for the first time at seventh.
There was no change at the top, with Brazil still leading the pack ahead of a strong group of European nations that includes France, Spain and Germany. The Brazilians, who reclaimed the top spot in the rankings in June after winning their fifth World Cup title, have 858 points, 84 points ahead of France, which moved up two spots on the strength of a successful start to its Euro 2004 qualifying campaign. September's rankings saw more significant gains within the Top 20, notably the Czech Republic, up 4 to 17, and Paraguay, up three to 16th. Other major moves include Libya (104, up 16), Wales (76, up 13) and Switzerland (54, up 11).