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As DoDo commented, FIFA rankings are based on longer term performance, and not just year on year strength. They are not meant to be a predictor of future performance, rather a basis for deciding which nation gets to have how many places in which tournaments.

Negatively, that the San Jose Sharks don't automatically get a place next year because they finally did this year.  But it's a big deal if the German Bundesliga gets 2 or 3 sure places in the Champions League or not.

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by Crazy Horse on Tue Jun 15th, 2010 at 06:31:26 PM EST
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You remind me that FIFA ranking reflects club football performance, too.

I add to yours, and you tell me if the analogy is bad, but perhaps it is somewhat helpful to compare to league tables and playoffs in US sports. It may be that one team leads the league table, but gets tired towards the end of the season, and is butchered in the playoffs. The league table is just life FIFA rankings, and playoffs like a World Cup, only it takes one year rather than four. (The analogy is of course not perfect; World Cup participation is not dependent on FIFA ranking.)

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by DoDo on Tue Jun 15th, 2010 at 06:56:10 PM EST
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