Page 2 of 54 FirstFirst 12341252 ... LastLast
Results 21 to 40 of 1066

Thread: World Ranking

  1. #21
    First Team citizenerased's Avatar
    Joined
    Aug 2006
    Posts
    1,163
    Thanks Thanks Given 
    0
    Thanks Thanks Received 
    0
    Thanked in
    0 Posts
    what a shock............

  2. #22
    Seasoned Pro gspain's Avatar
    Joined
    May 2003
    Location
    Dublin
    Posts
    4,020
    Thanks Thanks Given 
    37
    Thanks Thanks Received 
    86
    Thanked in
    57 Posts

    20 place jump in World Rankings

    We're 31st in the world now according to the latest rankings

    http://www.fifa.com/en/mens/statisti...ticleid=135896

    We're ahead of Slovakia but behind powerhouses of Ecuador and the U.S.

    Back ahead of Northern Ireland too.

  3. #23
    Coach Poor Student's Avatar
    Joined
    Sep 2004
    Location
    Dublin
    Posts
    7,952
    Thanks Thanks Given 
    210
    Thanks Thanks Received 
    75
    Thanked in
    46 Posts
    Quote Originally Posted by gspain View Post
    We're ahead of Slovakia but behind powerhouses of Ecuador and the U.S.
    Why the disparaging sarcastic remark about Ecuador? They acquitted themselves quite well in the last World Cup.

  4. #24
    First Team RogerMilla's Avatar
    Joined
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Continental Europe
    Posts
    1,206
    Thanks Thanks Given 
    0
    Thanks Thanks Received 
    0
    Thanked in
    0 Posts
    in fairness the US should be ahead of us with the population they've got , the superior quality of facilites and at least equal qulaity of coaching etc etc
    Was he crazy!! Yeah , in a very special way , an Irishman.
    I slept, and dreamed that life was Beauty;
    I woke, and found that life was Duty.

  5. #25
    First Team EalingGreen's Avatar
    Joined
    Aug 2006
    Posts
    2,353
    Thanks Thanks Given 
    22
    Thanks Thanks Received 
    111
    Thanked in
    80 Posts
    Quote Originally Posted by Poor Student View Post
    Why the disparaging sarcastic remark about Ecuador? They acquitted themselves quite well in the last World Cup.
    Indeed, their results were respectable - victories over Poland and Costa Rica and defeats by England and Germany.

    That said, their high ranking can be accounted for by another factor (aside from the fact that S.America is arguably weighted higher vis a vis Europe than it should be).

    Ecuador's home record is formidable. In the last World Cup Qualifying campaign (a drawn-out affair in S.America), their home results were as follows:
    Venezuela: 2-0
    Peru: 0-0
    Columbia: 2-1
    Bolivia: 3-2
    Chile: 2-0
    Brazil: 1-0
    Paraguay: 5-2
    Argentina: 2-0
    Uruguay: 0-0

    Of course, it may just be coincidence that at 9,300 ft. (2,850m.), Quito is the second highest Capital city in the world! (The highest is La Paz in neighbouring Bolivia, at 11,800 ft. = 3,600m, where Ecuador won their away game 2-1!)

    Anyhow, congratulations to the ROI for their recent recovery in the rankings.

    A win in NI's next game in August (home to Liechtenstein) should narrow the points gap a little, ready for September, when ROI are away to Slovakia/Czechs and we're away to Latvia/Iceland.

    And whilst it doesn't count for anything in the scheme of things, it's still a bit of fun (at least when the team you support is still climbing! )
    Last edited by EalingGreen; 18/04/2007 at 11:26 AM.

  6. #26
    Seasoned Pro gspain's Avatar
    Joined
    May 2003
    Location
    Dublin
    Posts
    4,020
    Thanks Thanks Given 
    37
    Thanks Thanks Received 
    86
    Thanked in
    57 Posts
    Quote Originally Posted by Poor Student View Post
    Why the disparaging sarcastic remark about Ecuador? They acquitted themselves quite well in the last World Cup.
    Fair comment. Actually it was the dizzy heights of 31st that muddled my brain.

    They have done well i nthe last 2 World Cups. The U.S. deserve to be ahead of us too.

  7. #27
    Reserves Cymro's Avatar
    Joined
    Mar 2007
    Location
    South Wales
    Posts
    892
    Thanks Thanks Given 
    23
    Thanks Thanks Received 
    86
    Thanked in
    35 Posts
    And a 3-0 win against the might of San Marino moves us up to the lofty position of...............74th.

    Bet you're really jealous eh?

  8. #28
    First Team RogerMilla's Avatar
    Joined
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Continental Europe
    Posts
    1,206
    Thanks Thanks Given 
    0
    Thanks Thanks Received 
    0
    Thanked in
    0 Posts
    in fairness its our place in the seedings that are most important
    Was he crazy!! Yeah , in a very special way , an Irishman.
    I slept, and dreamed that life was Beauty;
    I woke, and found that life was Duty.

  9. #29
    Seasoned Pro shakermaker1982's Avatar
    Joined
    Sep 2005
    Location
    Nottingham
    Posts
    4,367
    Thanks Thanks Given 
    149
    Thanks Thanks Received 
    311
    Thanked in
    209 Posts
    more respectable. Scotland and England do not deserve such lofty positions and are sure to keep tumbling.
    "If God had meant football to be played in the air, he'd have put grass in the sky." Brian Clough.

    You'll NEVER beat the Irish.......you'll just draw with us instead!!!

  10. #30
    Reserves Cymro's Avatar
    Joined
    Mar 2007
    Location
    South Wales
    Posts
    892
    Thanks Thanks Given 
    23
    Thanks Thanks Received 
    86
    Thanked in
    35 Posts
    Quote Originally Posted by shakermaker1982 View Post
    more respectable. Scotland and England do not deserve such lofty positions and are sure to keep tumbling.
    Scotland deserve their position based on recent results. England don't, I'll give you that. Rankings are rigged to make sure the same teams stay in the top 10 though.

  11. #31
    First Team livehead1's Avatar
    Joined
    Oct 2004
    Location
    London
    Posts
    1,412
    Thanks Thanks Given 
    2
    Thanks Thanks Received 
    28
    Thanked in
    21 Posts
    it merely demonstrates what a joke the rankings are. 2 wins against average opposition at home and we leap 20 places!

  12. #32
    Reserves carloz's Avatar
    Joined
    Oct 2006
    Posts
    843
    Thanks Thanks Given 
    12
    Thanks Thanks Received 
    15
    Thanked in
    9 Posts
    Quote Originally Posted by Cymro View Post
    Scotland deserve their position based on recent results.
    Do they really though, the only good result they have had recently that springs to mind is the victory over France. Other than that they have had very little.

  13. #33
    Youth Team
    Joined
    Jan 2007
    Location
    USA
    Posts
    144
    Thanks Thanks Given 
    0
    Thanks Thanks Received 
    0
    Thanked in
    0 Posts
    Quote Originally Posted by RogerMilla View Post
    in fairness the US should be ahead of us with the population they've got , the superior quality of facilites and at least equal qulaity of coaching etc etc
    Soccer is such a minor sport here though. Our best athletes are in American Football, Basketball, Baseball, our 3 major sports. Then you have Hockey and the Olympic sports (track, swimming, skating, etc).

    Soccer is below those, really a niche thing, to the extent where when I share that I am a soccer fan people look at me like I've got something wrong with me (which may be true is completely irrelevant to my being a soccer fan). When I find another soccer fan to talk to over here, it is like a little cult is formed.

    We may have a population 100x Ireland, but it's far down the rung of activities our best athletes are interested in. Our best athletes have the opportunity to make $100 million contracts here in the USA in American Football, Basketball and Baseball. In Ireland you are competing with Gaelic Football and Hurling, but I'm not sure if the monetary incentive is the same detterent against soccer. I would expect a great athlete could make a lot more money in the English leagues just across the water as a soccer player than he could domestically as a Gaelic footballer or Hurler, correct?

    I think based on the interest level, we're (the USA) ranked at about the right place. I'm surprised we've been ranked higher. Our population is only one factor.

    PS - Having watched the two recent matches of both USA (on ESPN2) and Ireland (via Setanta delayed broadcasts), USA has looked the better team, mainly because Landon Donovan has been on fire. I'd love to see a friendly between the two though.
    Last edited by Kivlehan; 18/04/2007 at 2:57 PM. Reason: spelling

  14. #34
    Coach eirebhoy's Avatar
    Joined
    Feb 2004
    Location
    Dublin
    Posts
    8,638
    Thanks Thanks Given 
    0
    Thanks Thanks Received 
    2
    Thanked in
    2 Posts
    Quote Originally Posted by livehead1 View Post
    it merely demonstrates what a joke the rankings are. 2 wins against average opposition at home and we leap 20 places!
    In fairness we jumped to 31st which is still mediocre territory. I'll give the new ranking system a chance. It looks pretty accurate to me.

    Here's how the system works:
    http://football.guardian.co.uk/comme...871529,00.html

    And here's Europe's top 20 teams from the rankings:

    1 Italy
    2 Germany
    3 Netherlands
    4 Portugal
    5 England
    6 Spain
    7 Czech Republic
    8 Ukraine
    9 Croatia
    10 Romania
    11 Greece
    12 Russia
    13 Turkey
    14 Scotland
    15 Switzerland
    16 Poland
    17 Denmark
    18 Sweden
    19 Republic of Ireland
    20 Serbia

    One thing that sticks out to me is Sweden are 4th in the UEFA Seedings for the next WC but the 18th highest European team in the FIFA rankings.
    Last edited by eirebhoy; 18/04/2007 at 3:04 PM.

  15. #35
    Closed Account
    Joined
    Jun 2004
    Location
    ...
    Posts
    2,870
    Thanks Thanks Given 
    121
    Thanks Thanks Received 
    340
    Thanked in
    200 Posts
    Quote Originally Posted by eirebhoy View Post
    In fairness we jumped to 31st which is still mediocre territory. I'll give the new ranking system a chance. It looks pretty accurate to me.

    Here's how the system works:
    http://football.guardian.co.uk/comme...871529,00.html

    And here's Europe's top 20 teams from the rankings:

    1 Italy
    2 Germany
    3 Netherlands
    4 Portugal
    5 England
    6 Spain
    7 Czech Republic
    8 Ukraine
    9 Croatia
    10 Romania
    11 Greece
    12 Russia
    13 Turkey
    14 Scotland
    15 Switzerland
    16 Poland
    17 Denmark
    18 Uruguay
    19 Sweden
    20 Republic of Ireland

    One thing that sticks out to me is Sweden are 4th in the UEFA Seedings for the next WC but the 19th highest European team in the FIFA rankings.



    I must have missed that tectonic event, which saw Uruguay leave Latin America for Europe

  16. #36
    First Team citizenerased's Avatar
    Joined
    Aug 2006
    Posts
    1,163
    Thanks Thanks Given 
    0
    Thanks Thanks Received 
    0
    Thanked in
    0 Posts
    hate to break it to ya but uruguay arnt from europe

  17. #37
    Coach eirebhoy's Avatar
    Joined
    Feb 2004
    Location
    Dublin
    Posts
    8,638
    Thanks Thanks Given 
    0
    Thanks Thanks Received 
    2
    Thanked in
    2 Posts
    Quote Originally Posted by cfdh_edmundo View Post



    I must have missed that tectonic event, which saw Uruguay leave Latin America for Europe
    haha, edited.

  18. #38
    Reserves ollie's Avatar
    Joined
    Jun 2001
    Location
    Baile Mhúirne
    Posts
    950
    Thanks Thanks Given 
    0
    Thanks Thanks Received 
    0
    Thanked in
    0 Posts
    Quote Originally Posted by Kivlehan View Post
    I would expect a great athlete could make a lot more money in the English leagues just across the water as a soccer player than he could domestically as a Gaelic footballer or Hurler, correct?
    GAA intercounty players only get expenses.They aren't 'paid'.They are amateur-for now
    Life isn't all beer and football...some of us haven't touched a football in months

  19. #39
    International Prospect NeilMcD's Avatar
    Joined
    Sep 2003
    Location
    Dublin
    Posts
    7,692
    Thanks Thanks Given 
    0
    Thanks Thanks Received 
    1
    Thanked in
    1 Post
    Quote Originally Posted by carloz View Post
    Do they really though, the only good result they have had recently that springs to mind is the victory over France. Other than that they have had very little.
    Away wins to Slovenia and Norway and Lithuania are not bad either.
    In Trap we trust

  20. #40
    First Team EalingGreen's Avatar
    Joined
    Aug 2006
    Posts
    2,353
    Thanks Thanks Given 
    22
    Thanks Thanks Received 
    111
    Thanked in
    80 Posts
    Quote Originally Posted by eirebhoy View Post
    One thing that sticks out for me is Sweden are 4th in the UEFA Seedings for the next WC but the 18th highest European team in the FIFA rankings.
    The seedings are worked out from competitive games (World and Euros) from the current and last series only. Sweden's record in those games is very good.
    Whereas, the FIFA rankings cover four years and include friendlies.

    I'm not sure about this, but I have a feeling Sweden play a number of friendlies "out of season" i.e. featuring their domestic (Summer) players, where the teams selected are weaker (hence less successful?) than the teams they pick for competitive matches, where they include their stars who play outside of Sweden.

Page 2 of 54 FirstFirst 12341252 ... LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. League of Ireland Ranking
    By wedwood in forum Premier & First Divisions
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 17/10/2009, 2:23 PM
  2. Actim ranking so far...
    By Metrostars in forum Ireland
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 15/09/2006, 10:50 PM
  3. European Club Ranking
    By sligoman in forum Sligo Rovers
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 12/09/2006, 8:10 AM
  4. Ranking
    By sean1_3 in forum Cork City
    Replies: 25
    Last Post: 02/09/2001, 11:35 AM

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •