Wednesday 16 October 2019

Dutch rise three places in Fifa rankings as European competition heats up

Photo: Niels Pluto

The Dutch national football team has risen to its highest place on the Fifa rankings since September 2015 after two wins in the competition to qualify for next year’s European championships.

Oranje is now in 13th place after away wins against Germany (2-4) and Estonia (0-4) pushed it up three places in the ranking. In August 2017, the Netherlands had sunk to 36th place.

Belgium holds on to the top spot while France has overtaken Brazil to take second place. England and Portugal complete the top five.

Ronald Koeman’s team is currently third behind Germany and Northern Ireland in their Group C qualification competition with nine points from four games but with a game in hand. The top two sides in each group qualify for the European championships.

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