August 10, 2012
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Fiji climbs 7 places in world ranking

By Sunil Sharma

Fiji has moved up seven places in the latest FIFA world ranking but remains third in the Oceania region.

Fiji is now placed on 155th position compared to its previous ranking of 161.

Despite its dismal outing at the recent Oceania Nations Cup in Honiara, the Juan Carlos Buzzetti coached side remains ahead of Solomon Islands and Vanuatu and trails to New Zealand, ONC winners Tahiti and New Caledonia.

New Zealand remains in the top 100 with a ranking of 95 while Tahiti and New Caledonia are ranked 136 and 141.

Vanuatu maintains its fifth position and now moves to 156 placing from 168 while Solomon Islands moves to the sixth spot  with a ranking of 159 from 174 and has relegated Samoa to the 173rd spot.

Tonga is placed at the eighth position with a ranking of 174, American Samoa on 182, Guam on 184, Papua New Guinea on 186 and Cook Islands on 196

Meanwhile, European champions Spain remains number one while Germany sits on second spot and England on third.

2014 World Cup host Brazil failed to improve its ranking slumping to the 13th spot from its previous ranking of 11.


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