Slip sliding away (FIFA rankings)

Just noticed this morning that Ireland (i.e. Rep.Ireland) have slid further down the FIFA rankings to #49 with N.Ireland leap frogging us to bring them to #45. We have been sliding for a while now but recent results have really let us down.
Hopefully our decent is over (as of last weeks draw) and we can put together a string of good results to move us further up the table where we belong. Fair dues to NI who have been rocketing up the rankings list since Sanchez took over. There’s a team Stan & the lads should be watching. Why? Because they don’t have has many good players as we do yet they play very well as a team and have managed to get some fantastic results recently. If we played as well as a team and put in as much effort as they do we wouldn’t be in the position we are in now.
Of course the FIFA rankings are far from being an accurate measure of how good a team really is. Still it’s the only official list we really have, so it would be nice to be in the top 20.

Edit: The ranking change was also mentioned by Slugger where one of the sluggerettes posted about the World Football ELO Ratings which attempt to give a more accurate ranking list.

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  1. A wonderful day for all us bitter northerners!

  2. Enjoy it while you can Paul, it won’t last ;-)