The Icelandic national team in men’s football is up eight places to number 46 on the latest FIFA World Ranking list issued today.
Iceland playing Albania in September. Photo: Páll Stefánsson/Iceland Review.
When Iceland’s coach Lars Lagerbäck took over from Ólafur Jóhannesson in November 2011, the country ranked 104th. In less than two years, Iceland has moved up 58 places.
In June, Iceland set a record after climbing 70 places from the year prior to rank 61.
World champions Spain top the list, Germany is second, up one place, and number three is Argentina, down one spot. The second-highest ranking European nation is Belgium, coming in at number five.
Wales is one place above Iceland and Norway is one place behind, down eight places from last month’s list.
The biggest climber on the list, however, is Moldova, having shot from 129th to 96th place, while the biggest loser is New Caledonia, dropping from 96 to 126.
The top Nordic nation is Sweden, ranked 25th, followed by Denmark, which is one place behind. Finland is number 63 and the Faroe Islands number 175. Last on the FIFA World ranking list, number 207, are Bhutan and San Marino.
The Icelandic national team in women’s football is number 15, unchanged from last month’s list.