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6/15/05

Iran moves up one rank in FIFA World Cup standings

Paris, June 15, IRNA-The Netherlands moved above France into fourth place in the FIFA World Cup rankings for this month while Iran improved its position by moving up one rank to 17th.

The Dutch who are well on the road to qualifying for next year's World Cup finals Germany are only marginally behind third-placed Argentina and second-placed Czech Republic, according to AFP.

Brazil are comfortably installed as world No.1 and could further consolidate their position by winning the Confederations Cup in Germany which starts on Wednesday.

FIFA top 20

1. Brazil 829 pts (0)
2. Czech Republic 790 (0)
3. Argentina 785 (0)
4. Netherlands 783 (+1)
5. France 765 (-1)
6. Mexico 759 (+1)
7. England 757 (-1)
8. Portugal 755 (+1)
9. Spain 747 (-1)
10. United States 744 (0)
11. Italy 725 (-1)
12. Sweden 722 (+1)
13. Greece 720 (-1)
14. Turkey 719 (0)
15. Ireland 714 (0)
16. Denmark 713 (+3)
17. Iran 711 (+1)
18. Japan 710 (-1)
19. Uruguay 710 (-2)
20. South Korea 696 (+1)

... Payvand News - 6/15/05 ... --



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