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Tuesday 26 September 2017

Ireland drop four places to 36th in FIFA world rankings

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

IRELAND have fallen four places to 36th in the latest FIFA world rankings, which were released yesterday.

Last month's 2-1 defeat to Norway, Giovanni Trapattoni's side's third match in a row without a win, means Ireland are leapfrogged by Algeria, Ukraine, Sweden and Nigeria. Ireland's Euro 2012 qualifying group opponents, Russia remain at 13th in the world, while Slovakia are 20th.

World and European champions Spain stay top, ahead of World Cup runners-up Holland, with Germany up a place to third at the expense of Brazil.

England have remained sixth, Northern Ireland have dropped one place to 43rd, Scotland have moved up two positions to 52nd and Wales have slipped one spot to 112th.

One of the biggest movers over the last year was Montenegro, who soared to No 25 from No 74.

Drogs' financial woes exposed

THE extent of the financial disarray at Drogheda United was revealed yesterday as the club appealed for new owners to save them from extinction.

The 2007 League of Ireland champions need €185,000 by January 28 in order to be in a position to apply for a First Division license for next season. The message was yesterday delivered by a steering group set up by the Claret and Blue group, who have been running the club, at a public meeting.

A club statement said the Louth outfit, who were relegated last season, "are now hoping that a visionary or group of visionaries will come forward who can see beyond the immediate cash-flow problems".

If they cannot find investors the club face, at best, demotion to the 'A' League next year.

Meanwhile Eamonn Naughton was re-elected of chairman of the League of Ireland at the Clubs Convention in Abbotstown last night.

Irish Independent

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