EM – FIFA World Ranking: Republic of Ireland falls to 50th place

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Fans of the Republic of Ireland at the Group A 2022 World Cup match against Serbia at the Aviva Stadium last week. Photo: Stephen McCarthy / Sportsfile

Aidan Fitzmaurice

The Republic of Ireland has fallen to 50th in the world rankings according to the new FIFA rankings.

Ireland started the year on 42nd place, falling to 47th place and has now slipped to 50th place in the world. Northern Ireland has moved up to 47th, Scotland has also moved up to 45th and Wales is 19th while England moves up to the top 3, just behind Belgium and Brazil in seventh place in the world rankings, Serbia moves up to 28th place, Luxembourg to 94th place and Azerbaijan by three places to 117th place.

Ireland’s lowest ranking of all time was 70th place in July 2014, at the beginning of the Martin O era ‘Neill, when the team played six games without a win.

Under O’Neill, the Republic found shape and ranked 23rd in the world in 2016, but fell out of the top 30 in 2017.

While they were under Mick McCarthy rose to 28th place, the team has been on the slide since September 2019.

The Republic was 34th when Stephen Kenny succeeded McCarthy in April 2020, but has moved up to 50th in the rankings.

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