By: Bill Christian Pacatang
Spain claims for the fourth time in a row, the Team of the Year award. Although, Spain lost to 2 big teams, Italy and England, they were able to earn big points with their friendly matches wins. Spain managed to stay on top, followed by the Netherlands, Germany and Uruguay, who are all still competing in an exciting head-to-head battle for second place in the Team of the Year award. Spain's rise to supremacy is not so surprising for all football fans, but certainly, Spain shocked the world of football.
The titleBest Mover of the Year is claimed by Wales, with 330 points, they ranked 48th in the world and up by 2 points this December 2011. They won the most points in 2011. They are back again on the top 50 due to their outstanding performance this year, with wins over Montenegro, Switzerland and Bulgaria in the prestigious Euro 12 Qualifiers.
In AFC, Vietnam rose up by 35 places, which means they are now ranked 99th in the world, and also they claimed the AFC Best Mover of the Year.
The Philippine Azkals, meanwhile, is still on 159th place in world and 29th in the AFC. The king of ASEAN Football, Thailand, just managed 10 points after their downfall last month (122th and 18th this year ). UAE, on the other hand, one of the powerhouse teams of AFC and in the Middle East, has experienced their downfall since last October, and for this month, they have dropped 10 points (130th and 19th today). Nepal and Bangladesh, had a good record for almost 7 months, have a big downfall in Rankings, Nepal down by 10 ( 153th and 26th Today ) and Bangladesh down by 15 ( 157th and 27th Today ). Palestine Overtakes Philippines with 6 up ( 157th and 28th Today ). The Unofficial Football World Champions, North Korea, after defeating previous title-holders Japan, still on 110th in the world and 15th in AFC. While Timor Leste, managed to be on 205th Place and 46th in AFC. They are the worst team for this month in AFC.