Ireland drop 8 places in FIFA World Rankings
After a disappointing Euro 2012 tournament, the Republic of Ireland have dropped eight places in the latest FIFA World Rankings to 26th.
Having been ranked 18th in the world ahead of the European Championships, three losses have seen Giovanni Trapattoni’s side slide down the rankings table to 26th. Norway and Switzerland, teams who didn’t even appear at the finals, have moved above Ireland. Norway drew 1-1 with Croatia and lost 1-0 to England in friendlies, while the Swiss climbed thanks to a 5-3 win over Germany. Ireland now sit between Paraguay and Ecuador on 763 points.
Euro 2012 winners Spain keep hold of top spot, while Netherlands’ dismal performance sees them slip to eighth. England have climbed two places to fourth, with Germany, Uruguay, and Portugal completing the top 5. Euro 2012 runners-up Italy have moved up six places to sixth. Wales stayed firm at 38th, Scotland slipped eight places to 49th, while Northern Ireland moved up one place to 102nd.
Ireland’s World Cup 2014 qualifying Group C opponents Germany are 2nd, Sweden 17th, Austria 60th, Kazakhstan 147th, and the Faroe Islands are at 155th in July’s rankings. The next edition will be announced on August 8th ahead of Ireland’s friendly with Serbia.