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Wednesday, April 19

So as of April 2006, here are the FIFA world rankings. If I remember rightly, the US were recently pasted by Germany and only drew with Jamaica yet somehow have moved up to 4th confirming that these are the most bent rankings in all of sports.... Nigeria have shot up , Italy apparently are crap... these simply are laughable.,2548,All-Apr-2006,00.html


  • What a load of crap. The main question is why. Which American is bribing FIFA to put the US at 4th? Otherwise, this has to be the work of hackers.
    Italy is 14th and Germany is 19th.

    By Blogger Chris P, at 12:00 PM  

  • They they honestly are true, I bet the Italy, the Czechs and Ghana are crapping themselves... I wonder what odds you can get on the yanks getting no points and no goals? Well worth a bet.

    Its funny you mention this, as I was in a meeting the other day with bunch of yanks when they started quizzing me about baseball, which of course bores me silly, so they then proceeded to discuss (I use this term loosely...) footy once I'd mentioned that's p.much all I watch. Within 5 seconds of starting the conversation you can guess what came up.... "I see we're ranked 5th in the world, what about England" (followed by a cocky chuckle). I was ready to tell him to kiss my ar*e, but unfortunately, office hierarchy stopped me... and I had to be a little more polite.

    By Blogger Stand up if you hate Man u, at 12:19 PM  

  • Thats the difference between you and I I think Ian. I would be on right now.

    By Blogger TheBusbyBoy, at 12:42 PM  

  • Believe me, I had a very sore lip.

    By Blogger Stand up if you hate Man u, at 2:43 PM  

  • doh! tongue

    By Blogger Stand up if you hate Man u, at 4:54 PM  

  • What's shocking about these obviously ludicrous rankings is not that the US is higher rated than many better national sides. That's just the funny part.

    The shocking part is that these rankings actually count for something, namely group seeding for the World Cup.

    It's high time that this farce was overhauled.

    By Blogger gooner71, at 9:35 AM  

  • Quite agree Steve, using these as any method of World Cup ranking is a joke - it will be in 2010 that you will want to avoid being in Pot one which will contain South Africa by default, America, Mexico, Nigeria etc... Of course you could get Brazil... rankings out says Burke.

    By Blogger Simon Burke, at 11:40 AM  

  • Hmmm...interesting that my previous posts ridiculing the US men's team were so wholly condemned, yet everyone here now sees fit to justify my earlier comments with an attack on the FIFA rankings.

    Three and out in Germany, plain and simple.

    I say trash the entire worldwide ranking system - instead, use only regional confederation ratings based on qualification for the WC, other tournaments, etc.

    Of course, FIFA knows that absurd rankings lead to controversy, controversy leads to media attention, media attention leads to fan get the idea!

    By Blogger George Cuddy, at 4:52 PM  

  • No, no-one minds you bashing American soccer, that was going on LONG before you came on the scene: just have to balance those views a little every now and then! The rankings though do need to go or at least serve no seeding purpose.

    By Blogger Simon Burke, at 4:57 PM  

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