Greece continue climb in FIFA Rankings
Greece climbed two places in the FIFA rankings from 40th to 38th for the month of July.
Greece’s good run in FIFA World Cup qualifying has given them another boost in the FIFA World Rankings. Our national team jumped up to 38th from 40th for the month of July after earning a goalless draw against Bosnia in Zenica last month.
Greece, who are looking to at least claim second place in the qualifying group, will hope to continue their climb in the rankings before the end of the qualifying campaign. If Greece manage to finish second in Group H and claim a place in the playoffs, the FIFA rankings will be used to determine the seeded and unseeded teams for the draw. With a strong ending to their group matches, the Ethniki can surely continue their jump in the FIFA Rankings with hopes of contesting a place as a seeded side for the playoff draw, which leads to a theoretically easier opponent.
As things stand now, Greece would be unseeded in the playoffs draw along with Slovakia, Northern Ireland, and Ireland while the seeded teams would include Portugal, France, Italy, and Iceland.
As for the ranking of Greece’s other Group H opponents, Belgium dropped three places to 10th, Bosnia dropped one place to 30th, Cyprus dropped four places to 95th, while Estonia and Gibraltar remained unchanged at 95th and 206th, respectively.
For the first time in two years, Germany are ranked number one in the world after their success at the Confederations Cup and their U21’s European Championship. The top ten in order consists of: Germany, Brazil, Argentina, Portugal, Switzerland, Poland, Chile, Colombia, France, Belgium.