Originally posted by scacchipazzo
I don't know, but I think it is somewhat high. I certainly don't think they are ahead of Italy. I also think Germany is ranked too high. Spain unquestionably is #1!
Well, these rankings have always been out of whack, and always will be. FIFA can explain the system all they want, and they may be able to explain that these rankings are correct according to the system, but that only shows that the system is wrong. Now they have the Netherlands and Germany roughly where they should be (yes, Germany is certainly second, unless you want to tell me which South American team should be between them and Spain), but they've got England where they certainly do not belong - they should be one spot above us at best.
The problem is, I don't think it is possible to devise a system which is always correct for all situations. I'm not even sure it is possible to devise a system which is reliably better than the current one. You have to contend with both the performance of the day, and more during form. It is probably not possible to take both into account in such a way that you don't get any odd results.
Point in case right now: Italy. Sure, they seem to have found proper form in the recent EC. But will that last? If you don't put them two places behind Germany and four above England, you don't do justice to their recent form. But if you do, and they can't keep that up over the next year, you look silly.