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Fiji football drops to 172

Zanzeer Singh
Saturday, February 16, 2013

THE Fiji men's football side has dropped to its lowest ever rankings in the latest FIFA world rankings released this week.

Fiji dropped three spots to be ranked 172.

The previous lowest world ranking was 170 back in August 2007.

Fiji's best ever world ranking was 94 which was achieved in July 1994.

The national side isn't expected to improve its rankings any soon because there are no international matches lined up this season.

New Zealand remains the best ranked country in the region. The kiwi's are ranked 90th followed by New Caledonia on 106, Tahiti on 143, Solomon Islands on 151, Vanuatu on 166, Samoa on 175, Tonga on 188, Papua New Guinea on 191, American Samoa on 196 and Cook Islands on 202.

Fiji's best chance of making any impact on the international scene is in the upcoming Oceania Football Confederation Under-20 and Under-17 playoffs.

The OFC U20 playoffs will be held in Lautoka and Ba from March 21-29. This will include New Zealand, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea and New Caledonia.

The OFC U17 playoffs will be held in Vanuatu from April 17-25 and will include New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand and the hosts.

World and European champions Spain continue to lead the FIFA world rankings ahead of Germany.

Spain lead their European rivals by 153 points.

Argentina, who is a further 156 points behind, remains in third.

England moved up two places to fourth, while Italy dropped one and is now fifth, ahead of Colombia and Portugal, who share sixth place.

The top 10 are completed by the Netherlands, Croatia and Russia.

The rankings are dominated by the Africa Cup of Nations, which ended Sunday with Nigeria beating Burkina Faso 1-0 in the final.

The Super Eagles moved 22 places to 30th.





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