ZURICH, Dec 17 (AFP)
Honduras has been named the 2001 FIFA Team of the Year ahead of Colombia and Costa Rica, world football's governing body FIFA announced here on Monday.
Costa Rica was also given a special mention as the most improved team of the year ahead of Australia and Honduras.
The top 10 list for the team of the year was surprising because it contained neither a European nation nor one of the favourites for next year's World Cup finals in South Korea and Japan.
Honduras won the award after winning the most points, based on the seven best performances multiplied by a co-efficient which increases or decreases depending on the place of the opponent in the FIFA rankings.
2001 FIFA Team of the Year award
1. Honduras 39.7, 2. Colombia 38.4, 3. Costa Rica 37.8, 4. Australia 37.4, 5. Uruguay 36.3, 6. Bahrein 35.8, 7. Mexica 35.7, 8. China 35.1, 9. Ecuador 34.4, 10. Venezuela 34.1
Special mention for most improved team in 2001
1. Costa Rica, 2. Australia, 3. Honduras, 4. Venezuela, 5. Bahrein
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