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  • 11 / 23 / 2006

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The Cubans, who played unbeaten to win their Digicel Caribbean Cup Group I second-round play-off series in Martinique earlier this month, moved to the top ahead of Jamaica, with St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) climbing to third.

Trinidad and Tobago, who held the No 1 spot for three months during this year, slid to fourth. Cuba, who spent nearly all year as third in the CFU ratings behind Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago, had climbed to No 2 in September and remained there the following month. They have now vaulted to the top spot on the back of strong Digicel Caribbean Cup performances.

After hitting 19 unanswered goals in September to top the first-round Group "E" with wins over Turks & Caicos Islands (6-0), Bahamas (6-0) and Cayman Islands (7-0), Cuba also played undefeated in the second round qualifiers early this month.

They beat highly rated Haiti 2-1, Suriname 3-1, and drew 0-0 with hosts Martinique to finish as group winners in Fort de France.

Cuba were " by far " the biggest movers among the worlds Top-100 teams, leaping 22 places up to 46th on the FIFA list.

Jamaica slipped one place on FIFAs list to 58th and are a clear second in the CFU, ahead of the new third-ranked side SVG, who are 87th in the world.

Trinidad and Tobago, who qualified for their first ever World Cup Finals tournament" appearing in Germany in June" this year, had risen to No 1 in the CFU for July, August and September before being surpassed by Jamaica in October.

The TT Soca Warriors slipped ten places on FIFAs list this month to 90th and No 4 in the CFU. Haiti, one of five CFU teams in the Top-100, dropped nine places to 92nd in the world.

The Guyanese, now 105th in the world, are the new CFU No 6, displacing Barbados, who dropped to eighth in the CFU and nine places down the world list to 109th.

Suriname, who held Haiti to a Digicel Caribbean Cup 1-1 draw in Martinique, jumped 14 places up FIFAs list to 108th and re-entered the CFUs Top-ten at No 7, up four places from last month.

Bermuda at ninth, and Antigua and Barbuda tenth, complete the CFUs Top-ten.

In the CONCACAF (Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football), ratings, Mexico remain No 1 at 20th in the world, while second-rated USA slid two places to 31st in the world.

Cuba jumped to No 3 in CONCACAF, ahead of Honduras with Jamaica fourth and Costa Rica at No 5.

Five-time World Cup champions Brazil retain the top spot on FIFAs world list, stalked by current World Champions Italy, followed by Argentina, with France fourth, England fifth and Germany sixth.

CFU Rankings" November 2006 (world ranking in brackets)

1 Cuba (46); 2 Jamaica (58); 3 St Vincent & the Grenadines (87); 4 Trinidad & Tobago (90); 5 Haiti (92); 6 Guyana (105); 7 Suriname (108); 8 Barbados (109); 9 Bermuda (121); 10 Antigua & Barbuda (126); 11 St. Kitts & Nevis (141); 12 Bahamas (143); 13 Grenada (145); 14 St Lucia (155); 15 Dominican Republic (159); 16 Turks & Caicos (171); 17 British Virgin Islands (173); 18 Netherlands Antilles (177); 19 Cayman Islands (180); 20 Dominica (185); 21 Puerto Rico (193); 22 Anguilla (196); 23 Aruba (198); 23 US Virgin Islands (198); 23 Montseratt (198).

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