Soccer News of Thursday, 17 July 2014


Ghana ranked 25th best side at Brazil 2014

Ghana have been ranked the 25th best team with just a single point following the conclusion of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

The latest statistic was released by football world governing body, FIFA, after the closing game of 20th edition of the tournament which saw Germany beat Argentina 1-0 after extra time to lift her fourth title at the FIFA flagship event.

The Black Stars lost 2-1 to the USA in her opening group fixture, drew 2-2 with eventual winners Germany and lost 2-1 to Portugal in her last game before bowing out of the competition at the end of the group stage for the first time in her history.

The 2014 ranking marks a woeful tournament for the Stars who ranked an all-time high of 7th at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa after succumbing to Uruguay in the quarter-finals on penalties.

The Black Stars are the 2nd least ranked team among the five African representatives, seven places above Cameroon who shamefully sit rock bottom as the lowest ranked side among all 32 teams at the tournament. Algeria (14th) are the highest ranked African side with 4 points, same points as Nigeria (16th) who sit two places down while Cote d’Ivoire (21st ) are the third highest ranked African side with 3 points.

Ghana’s group opponents and world champions, Germany, sit at the summit of the table with 19 points, one point above losing finalists Argentina, while the USA and Portugal occupy the 15th and the 18th positions respectively.

Full ranking:

1. Germany

2. Argentina

3. Netherlands

4. Brazil

5. Colombia

6. Belgium

7. France

8. Costa Rica

9. Chile

10. Mexico

11. Switzerland

12. Uruguay

13. Greece

14. Algeria

15. USA

16. Nigeria

17. Ecuador

18. Portugal

19. Croatia

20. Bosnia Herzegovina

21. Cote d’Ivoire

22. Italy

23. Spain

24. Russia

25. Ghana

26. England

27. South Korea

28. Iran

29. Japan

30. Australia

31. Honduras

32. Cameroon