Australia drops into the 30s in FIFA rankings as New Zealand stay top in Oceania

The Australia national team has fallen nine places in the FIFA rankings to 34.

The Australia national team has fallen nine places in the FIFA rankings to 34.

Recent poor results by the Socceroos have forced Holger Osieck’s men to drop out of Asia’s top two with Japan maintaining their ranking of 23 whilst the Korea Republic have replaced the Aussies in 25th spot.

The Socceroos lost 2-1 to Jordan in World Cup qualifying last month after their 3-0 friendly win in Lebanon which ultimately saw them slip down the world rankings ahead of the upcoming 2014 qualifier with Iraq in Qatar.

Trans-Tasman neighbours New Zealand maintained their position as number one ranked team in Oceania and moved up three positions to 92 on the overall table.

Reigning World and European champions Spain kept their position at the top ahead of Germany, Portugal, Argentina and England.

FIFA world rankings as of October 3, 2012

1. Spain
2. Germany
3. Portugal
4. Argentina
5. England
6. Holland
7. Uruguay
8. Italy
9. Colombia
10. Greece
11. Croatia
12. Russia
13. France
14. Brazil
15. Switzerland
16. Ivory Coast
17. Chile
18. Denmark
19. Mexico
20. Ecuador
21. Sweden
22. Czech Republic
23. Japan
24. Algeria
25. Korea Republic
26. Norway
27. Mali
28. Republic of Ireland
29. Bosnia-Herzegovina
30. Belgium
31. Ghana
32. USA
33. Serbia
34. Australia
35. Slovenia
92. New Zealand

 
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