Two new nations have joined FIFA in recent weeks, both from Europe, meaning a bit of a shift in the world rankings, shuffling many of the lowliest teams down a place. The arrival of Kosovo, leaping straight in to a ranking of 190th and surely set to rise a bit higher with a reasonably handy squad of players, means that all teams below them – including our own motley crew – are now listed one place lower (=205th).
That may change again come September when Gibraltar take their place on the rankings. Having been admitted to UEFA a couple of year’s ago, Gibraltar enjoyed some positive results in friendly internationals before losing all of their Euro 2016 qualifiers. Not having yet played a match as a FIFA nation, they are yet to receive a ranking. Continue reading →
The release of a new set of FIFA world rankings is often a predictable day for the Worst in the World club. Frequently it’s merely a case of confirming another month added on to the tally of those stuck stranded at the bottom of the world. There is the occasional glorious escape confirmed, and the odd descent to the lowest rung decided. Continue reading →
Djibouti is a country of extremes. Extreme poverty for many sits side-by-side with extreme wealth for the few. Its people have a lack of education, frequently suffer from high malnutrition, and there is high unemployment. On the other hand, it is a relatively stable country, certainly when compared to its neighbour Somalia, and attracts economic migrants from the surrounding countries. Continue reading →
The small Pacific island of Guam, home to a smattering over 160,000 people, were once unfortunate holders of the worst defeat in international football history. In the qualifiers for the 2002 World Cup, Guam succumbed to a Karim Bagheri inspired Iran contriving to lose 19-0 in their opening group match; six of those coming courtesy of Bagheri’s boots.
That was just for starters too. Their next match didn’t go much better, losing ‘only’ 16-0 to Tajikistan. At the time Guam hadn’t yet stopped so low as to be ranked the worst in the world, but it was coming. Continue reading →
Two more defeat for San Marino and Bhutan means no movement in the latest World Rankings for our three World’s Worst. And with no planned action for any of them until March, when San Marino play two World Cup qualifiers, there will be no ranking movement for a little while.
So this is it. A potentially huge match for Montserrat and a realistic opportunity to climb from the foot of the FIFA rankings and avoid defeat for the first time as a FIFA affiliated nation.
I hope I’m not being too overly optimistic, but given the previous results in this group is it really too much to ask that Montserrat have a real chance against the British Virgin Islands? All past history for Montserrat screams at me to stop being so daft, but let’s look at the evidence. Continue reading →
The latest FIFA World Rankings were released today, and thanks to the vagaries of international time zones, this was all updated prior to the results of the Oceania World Cup wins for American Samoa and Samoa. The significance of that? Their wins aren’t yet reflected in the rankings, and they both remain firmly rooted to the bottom. Continue reading →