Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Canada up five places in FIFA rankings

Canada up five places in FIFA rankings
Canadian Press

ZURICH (CP) - Canada jumped five places to No. 85 in the FIFA world soccer rankings Wednesday, its highest position since October 2003.
Frank Yallop's team was rewarded for a 1-0 win in Northern Ireland. Canada was as low as No. 99 in September 2004. Northern Ireland, meanwhile, dropped two places to No. 111.
Only Ukraine (No. 49, up eight) and Chad (No. 160, up eight) moved more than Canada in February.
European champion Greece also jumped five spots to No. 13, its highest position since the FIFA rankings were introduced in 1993.

Canada stands ninth in CONCACAF, which covers North and Central America and the Caribbean.
There were no changes at the top end. Brazil remained No. 1, followed by France, Argentina, the Czech Republic and Spain. Mexico moved up one place into a tie with the Netherlands for No. 6, ahead of England, Portugal and Italy.
Canada plays No. 9 Portugal in a March 26 friendly.


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