Socceroos hit all-time ranking low

The Socceroos have fallen to their lowest ever world ranking, tumbling another 10 places to 94th and slipping outside Asia’s top 10.

Ange Postecoglou’s men have been on a relentless slide and dropped 15 places since August.  They are now ranked just below Morocco, Lithuania and Haiti and just above Rwanda, Cyprus and Mozambique.

The Socceroos previous all-time low was 92 recorded in 2000.

Elsewhere, Germany, Argentina and Colombia keep a grip on the top three spots while Portugal return to the top 10 (up two to 9th).

Belgium continue their rapid rise on the world stage reaching their highest ranking to leapfrog the Netherlands into fourth place. 

Brazil (6th), France (7th), Uruguay (8th) and Spain (10th) round out the top 10.

Switzerland lost ground on the top 10 dropping two places to 12th.  The tiny nation of Togo made the biggest jump, up 73 ranks to 52 while Azerbaijan suffered the biggest drop down 31 to 126.

Asia has tumbled out of the Top 50 reckoning with the confederation’s highest ranked team, Iran, coming in at 51 (down seven).

Australia now sits at 11 in Asia (down two) and behind Iran Japan, Uzbekistan, Korea Republic Jordan, UAE, Iraq, Oman, China and Qatar.

Iraq and China were among the biggest movers among Asia’s top teams – both climbing nine places.

The Socceroos suffered lacklustre showings against two of those teams earlier this month – with a dour scoreless draw against UAE and a first ever defeat to Qatar (1-0).

They next face Japan on Thursday November 18 in Osaka – their last scheduled hit-out before the Asian Cup in January.

The Socceroos will face Korea Republic (66th), Kuwait (120th) and Oman (83rd) in the group stage of the tournament on home soil.

Australia reached its highest position in 2009 when it peaked at 14 under Pim Verbeek, leading to talk in some quarters of the nation becoming a top 10 team.