Iceland climb 100 FIFA world ranking places in four years

Iceland's starting 11 at Euro 2016.

Iceland's starting 11 at Euro 2016. Photo: Iceland Monitor/Skapti Hallgrímsson

Iceland’s Euro 2016 success has propelled the men’s national team into the Top 30 best teams in the world, according to the latest FIFA world ranking.

Iceland have climbed eight places in just one month – from 34th in June, to 22nd now. Iceland lost just one of their five Euro 2016 matches, making it all the way to the quarter-finals.

Photo: Screenshot FIFA

Despite having one of the smallest populations, Iceland are far and away the highest ranked Nordic team in the current ranking. Sweden trail Iceland by eighteen places in 40th position, followed by Denmark in 44th, Norway in 49th, Finland in 65th, and the Faroe Islands in 136th.

This time in 2012, Iceland was over 100 places lower, languishing in 129th position in the July FIFA ranking for that year. The graph below shows the rapid rise in fortunes of the Icelandic men’s national team.

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