Sport

Coack Osieck has tough task to raise Socceroos FIFA ranking

Socceroos coach Holger Osieck has a tough 2013 ahead of him if the latest FIFA world rankings are anything to go by.

The Australians have slipped to their lowest ranking since November 2008, dropping three places to 36th.

The Socceroos started the year in 23rd but despite winning all but one of their East Asian Cup qualifiers and beating South Korea away in a friendly, they have slipped further down the order.

Rising as high as 20th in March, the Aussies are now below the likes of Zambia (34) and Japan (22).

Also on the decline is four-time World Cup winner Brazil, which has dropped to 18th place.

European and World Champion Spain is on top of the pile for the fifth year in succession, with Joachim Loew's Germany cementing second place.

Argentina remains third, while Italy, which reached the final of Euro 2012, is in fourth.

The biggest mover for 2012 is Colombia, which has risen from 36th spot up to fifth since the start of the year, with England staying in sixth.

Topics:  fifa, football, holger osieck, soccer, socceroos




Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

'I apologise every day that I am not the person he married'

My battle with postnatal depression...

'My husband lasted 6 weeks as a stay at home dad'

APN Hey Mummy Feature for online - stock images. Katie Dykes being interviewed for the webisodes. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star

FROM the outside, being a stay at home mum looks like a breeze.

THE EXPERT: Stop judging working mothers

SUPER MUMS: Being a working mums comes down to perfecting time management.

"WORKING for money is all right; so is working because you want to.”

Health and nutrition with kids - how do you balance it?

HOW important is health and nutrition in your household?

Smack or no smack - where do you stand?

THE debate is reignited - is smacking acceptable?

Technology and kids: Do you ever cut their wi-fi?

Check out our new video series featuring mums having a chat

Nimbin drugs fund 'gangster lifestyle' on Gold Coast

Police officers at the raids in Nimbin yesterday.

UPDATE: Police say gangsters frequented casinos, drove flash cars

Barrier is 'wrong technology on wrong beach', say surfers

A recent protest about plans for eco barriers at Lighthouse Beach, Ballina.

Surfers 'frustrated' that their voices aren't being heard

11 (very different) opinions on the Nimbin ‘gangster’ raids

Police undertook a drug raid on the streets of Nimbin yesterday morning.

"If people want to smoke a plant, let them smoke a plant"

Latest deals and offers

PROPERTY BOOM: Coast prices set to skyrocket

Like other areas in south-east Queensland, the Sunshine Coast is at the start of the upturn on the property clock.

Values predicted to rise 25-33%

DIY: How to build a backyard fire pit

DIY stars and Weekend magazine columnists Ayden and Jess Hogan.

Would you build this for your backyard?