Why the huge improvement? Because now FIFA only takes into account the average performance of national teams over the last four years, not eight; as well as the strength of the various conferences. That also explains Team USA which took a nosedive, dropping from 5th to 16th. It has long dominated CONCACAF, the region that covers North America and the Caribbean, but it's considered weak compared to UEFA (Europe) or CAF (Africa).
Hey, there's always the World Cup in 2010 ... which will be held in Johannesburg, South Africa. By which time, we may very well be #1!
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