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Socceroos out of top 100

Greece also loses a lot of ground, falling outside the top 20 in the FIFA world rankings

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Greece is a long way from its World Cup highs.
Photo: AP/Thanassis Stavrakis.

01 December 2014

Australia's slide down the FIFA world rankings continued with the Socceroos dropping eight spots to fall outside the top 100 to 102 for the first time.

It comes a month after coach Ange Postecoglou saw his team drop to a then record low of 94, and leaves the Socceroos just three places above Faroe Islands.

Postecoglou has the worst record of any Australia coach, having won just two of his 12 games in charge.

The Socceroos, which remain ranked 10 in Asia, had a 2-1 loss in their last outing to the top-ranked Asian team Japan, which fell one place to be 53 in the world in the latest rankings.

Greece, on the other hand, is flat-lining in just the same manner, currently ranked 25th in the world, down seven points, and is a long way from its top 10 ranking since the World Cup.

Greece is now still without a permanent coach, after showing the door to Claudio Ranieri.

The Faroe Islands are very thankful they were able to win against Greece recently, as they have climbed a whopping 82 places to 105 as one of the biggest country gains this ranking round.

Cyprus is ranked 88th, up eight points, gaining some ground in the Euro 2016 qualifiers. It's one of their best rankings since 2009.

World champion Germany still leads the rankings, while two of Europe's smallest nations made big gains after upset results.

Germany stayed ahead of Argentina, Colombia, Belgium and the Netherlands in an unchanged top five.

Brazil remains sixth despite a six-match winning streak since the FIFA World Cup.

Wins in EURO 2016 qualifying moved England up to 13, Romania climbed six places while the Czech Republic jumped five.

FIFA Rankings Top 20 (previous ranking in brackets)
1. Germany (1)
2. Argentina (2)
3. Colombia (3)
4. Belgium (4)
5. Netherlands (5)
6. Brazil (6)
7. Portugal (9)
(tie) France (7)
9. Spain (10)
10. Uruguay (8)
25. Greece (18)
88. Cyprus (96)
102. Australia (94)

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