Tuesday 28 March 2017

Irish up world rankings, but Dutch now world’s top soccer side

Independent.ie reporters

Giovanni Trapottoni’s Ireland has moved up two places to 31st in the latest FIFA rankings announced today.

But Spain’s reign as the world’s number-one ranked team has come to an end.

Holland has replaced them at the top of the latest FIFA chart.

Having held the position for more than a year, a friendly loss to Italy means the world and European champions have been replaced by the Dutch.

Uruguay’s Copa America success means they are now the top South American side in fifth.

Brazil has dropping down to sixth.

Germany stays in third and England moves up two places to fourth.

Italy, Portugal, Argentina and Croatia all stay in the top ten.

Northern Ireland moves up three to 59th, while Scotland are up six to 55th.

Faroe Islands, managed by former Republic of Ireland boss Brian Kerr, has moved up one place to 111th.

Wales’ ranking does slide, though, dropping to 117th, with even Haiti moving above them in the standings.

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