SLOVENIA MAKE TOP 20

Slovenia made it into the top 20 of FIFA rankings for the first time in the country’s history after an impressive showing in the World Cup.

One win and a draw out of three matches at the World Cup in South Africa propelled the Slovenian national football team to the 19th place in FIFA’s latest world rankings, the highest ranking ever for Slovenia.

Their previous high was the 23th spot in April. President of the Slovenian Football Association (NZS) Ivan Simic said ahead of the World Cup that Slovenia’s goal was to get among the top 20.


Slovenia made it into the top 20 of FIFA rankings for the first time in the country’s history after an impressive showing in the World Cup.

One win and a draw out of three matches at the World Cup in South Africa propelled the Slovenian national football team to the 19th place in FIFA’s latest world rankings, the highest ranking ever for Slovenia.

Their previous high was the 23th spot in April. President of the Slovenian Football Association (NZS) Ivan Simic said ahead of the World Cup that Slovenia’s goal was to get among the top 20.

Slovenia won four points at its second ever World Cup with a 1:0 win over Algeria, a 2:2 draw with the US and a 0:1 loss to England, narrowly missing out on the opportunity to qualify for the round of 16.

The highest ranking team among Slovenia’s opponents in the qualifiers for the 2012 European Championships in Poland and Ukraine is Italy at the 11th spot, followed by Serbia at the 13th spot.

Ranked lower than Slovenia are Northern Ireland (59th), Estonia (95th) and Faroe Islands (117th).

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