Sport Australia up four places in FIFA rankings

18:57  07 june  2018
18:57  07 june  2018 Source:   msn.com

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Australia have leapt up the final FIFA rankings before this month's World Cup and will enter the tournament in their best position since 2012. The Socceroos' first win under Bert van Marwijk improved the team four places to 36th in the standings.

The Socceroos will attend the World Cup in Russia with their highest ranking in six years.

Socceroos fans show their support during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers Leg 2 match between the Australian Socceroos and Honduras at ANZ Stadium.© Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images Socceroos fans show their support during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers Leg 2 match between the Australian Socceroos and Honduras at ANZ Stadium. Australia have leapt up the final FIFA rankings before this month's World Cup and will enter the tournament in their best position since 2012.

The Socceroos' first win under Bert van Marwijk improved the team four places to 36th in the standings.

Australia beat Czech Republic 4-0 in Austria last week - their first win over a European opponent on European soil for eight years - with Mat Leckie scoring a double.

The Socceroos were in the same position before March's 4-1 loss to Norway, but haven't been ranked higher since coming in 33rd in November 2012.

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Australia have leapt up the final FIFA rankings before this month's World Cup and will enter the tournament in their best position since 2012. The Socceroos' first win under Bert van Marwijk improved the team four places to 36th in the standings.

The Socceroos have leapt up the final FIFA rankings before the 2018 FIFA World Cup and will enter the tournament in their best position since 2012. A first win under Bert van Marwijk improved the team four places to 36th in the standings. Australia beat Czech Republic 4 -0 in Austria last week

Their best position of 14th was achieved in 2009.

It makes the Socceroos the top-ranked side from Asia, ahead of Iran in 37th spot.

The top seven teams remained unchanged in the final rankings update before the tournament kicks off next week.

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Kenya’s Harambee Stars are have moved up four places in latest Fifa rankings released on Thursday. The national team, which is in the biggest movers by rank (95th, up 17), while there are marginal gains for other Russia 2017 participants Australia (48th, up 2) and Cameroon (32nd, up 1).

Reigning champions Germany will begin the tournament as the world's No.1 ranked side, in front of Brazil, Belgium and Portugal.

Australia's group stage opponents - France, Denmark and Peru - remain unchanged at 7th, 12th and 11th respectively.

Hosts Russia are the lowest-ranked side at the 2018 event, ranked 70th.

1. Germany (1)

2. Brazil (2)

3. Belgium (3)

4. Portugal (4)

5. Argentina (5)

6. Switzerland (6)

7. France (7)

8. Poland (10)

9. Chile (9)

10. Spain (8)

11. Peru (11)

12. Denmark (12)

(tie) England (13)

14. Uruguay (17)

15. Mexico (15)

16. Colombia (16)

17. Netherlands (19)

18. Wales (21)

19. Italy (20)

20. Croatia (18)

Adds:

36. Australia (40).

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