Iceland has risen three places in the latest FIFA world rankings for men’s football. Iceland is now the highest ranking of all the Nordic countries. Belgium loses the top spot to Argentina in the latest list.
Iceland is now ranked as the 35th best team in the world on the latest FIFA list, released this week. At its highest point, in July, September and October last year, Iceland ranked as 23rd best in the world, before slipping to 38th and now back up to 35th.
Sweden is now ranked as the 36th best team, falling two places since the last list was released, now sitting one place below Iceland. Directly above Iceland on the list, in 34th position, is Ivory Coast.
Denmark sits in 41st, Norway in 49th and Finland in 61st place.
Argentina is top, Belgium second, Chile is at an all-time high position of third on the list. With Colombia in fourth place, South America has never looked as strong as right now.
The rest of the top ten is made up of Germany, Spain, Brazil, Portugal, Uruguay and England, RÚV reported.
Iceland will compete in Euro 2016 in France this summer—the country’s first ever major international tournament. It shares a group with eighth-best-team-in-the-world, Portugal, as well as Austria (11th) and Hungary (18th). It is clear, therefore, that Iceland has an uphill struggle ahead, if the FIFA rankings are anything to go by.