Only Slovenia and Gambia rose higher than Iceland on the latest FIFA World Ranking, published yesterday. Iceland is now number 54, up sixteen places with 599 points. Wales ranks 52nd, Australia 53rd, followed by Iceland, Armenia and Finland.
Iceland’s stars thank the crowd after a 2-1 win against Albania in Reykjavík on Tuesday. Photo: Páll Stefánsson/Iceland Review.
In the top ten, only Spain’s ranking remains unchanged, the world and European champions have further extended their lead at the top, where they have reigned for two years.
Argentina have ousted Germany out of the second place, and Uruguay, is back in the top ten at 7th place, at the expense of Portugal, now down four places to number 11.
Surinam took the furthest drop in the rankings, losing 35 spots.
Sweden is the top Nordic nation, number 22, one place above Denmark, while Norway comes in at 39.
Of the big nations, Brazil is number eight and England is number 17. At the bottom, at number 207, is San Marino and Bhutan with zero points.
The Iceland women’s team ranks 15th.
The FIFA World Ranking is published monthly.
Iceland beat Albania 2-1 in the World Cup 2014 preliminaries in Reykjavík earlier this week.