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Ireland Down 3 Places In New FIFA World Rankings, But You'd Weep For The Dutch

Mikey Traynor
By Mikey Traynor
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The latest batch of the FIFA World Rankings are out, and before we get started...

NO: These rankings do not accurately reflect the current ability of each nation in the list.
YES: They are still important as they have an impact on qualification group seedings.

Ireland's draw with Austria and friendly win over Uruguay have done nothing to improve our ranking, as we've learned from Wales and Romania in recent years that avoiding friendlies can have a hugely positive impact on the rankings due to multipliers for competitive fixtures.

The boys in green have dropped 3 places to 29th.

It could be worse, however, as the Netherlands are now at their joint-worst ever ranking of 32, an alarming fall from grace for traditionally one of Europe's stronger sides, although this must be one of the weakest squads they have had for a long, long time.


As expected, Germany's Confederations Cup win sees them jump back into #1 ahead of Brazil, but the surprise movers are Switzerland, who after winning against Belarus and Faroe Islands have jumped four places into a ridiculous 5th.

Up North, the continuingly impressive form of Michael O'Neill's side have seen them rise six spots to 22nd overall.


Here is the current top 20, courtesy of ESPN:

1. Germany
2. Brazil
3. Argentina
4. Portugal
5. Switzerland
6. Poland
7. Chile
8. Colombia
9. France
10. Belgium
11. Spain
12. Italy
13. England
14. Peru
15. Croatia
16. Mexico
17. Uruguay
18. Sweden
19. Iceland
20. Wales

If you are wondering how the Swedes have managed to get so far ahead of us, they did beat France in a qualifier last month.


Also, incredible scenes for Peru.

[via ESPN.com]


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