Hi football fans
Please see below for some interesting current rankings in world football. We all expect Brazil and Germany etc to be near the top, for Chad and Oman to not but every team has the rank somewhere…
Currently ranked 28th in the world, the South American nation’s highest placing was 25th around one year ago. They’ve never won the Copa America nor qualified for the World Cup. They’re the only CONMEBOL team not to have done so. Unless anybody can tell me otherwise, Solomon Rondon is their most famous player!
For a team that held the European Championship trophy aloft not that long ago, 53rd place is a substantial fall from grace. Their league is a passionate one but may not possess the strength in depth that they would like. The country has a population of over ten million. Obviously not all of those people are professional footballers but that’s twice as many as Croatia and look at what they’ve achieved. Well, okay, they haven’t actually won anything but they’ve consistently reached the latter stages of major tournaments whilst Greece’s successful campaign was a flash in the pan!
Who are Greece’s star players? Who knows? They hardly have a history of cracking the Premier League or other top flights. 2004 and the exploits of Angels Charisteas and co. must seem like a lifetime ago for Greek football fans.
I’ll give you one guess which nation currently ranks in 10th place…
Errr… well I think they were when I started writing this article quite some time ago! They now seem to have no ranking at all. It seems that some of the things mentioned below might have forced FIFA to act.
North Korea pulled out of Olympic qualifiers because they were to be held in neighbouring South Korea. The two nations are of course, technically at war.
They did trounce Singapore 24-0 back in 2001 and have regularly performed well at Asian Games, winning Gold on multiple occasions. They were however disqualified from the 2015 World Cup for committing multiple doping violations.
Aotearoa are placed 22nd. Now in Men’s football New Zealand have suffered from playing ‘competitive’ qualifying matches against only Australia and the Oceanic island nations. This hasn’t helped them raise standards. Of course Australia quit Oceania all together to play in Asia. With a population of only around four million people but rugby and cricket being embedded in local psyche, football has always faced an uphill battle in New Zealand. Since Women’s football really broke out though, Anglo nations such as USA, Canada and Australia have been at the fore on a global scale, in contrast to their achievements (Or lack of!) in the men’s game. Alongside trans-Tasman neighbours Australia, New Zealand is set to host the 2023 Women’s World Cup.
Quick Trivia: In 2004, New Zealand lost 11-0 against… North Korea!
Those are my selections but are there any current rankings that have peaked your own interest?