Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Just how tough are the four Euro 2012 qualifying groups? Perhaps by looking at the very latest FIFA rankings we can get a better perspective on which teams are most likely to qualify for the knock-out stages in Poland and Ukraine.
While Group A resembles a bunch of characters who have gatecrashed the party, in other circumstances Group B could quite easily be the four semi-finalist teams.
Group C, meanwhile, is certainly no walk in the park, while Group D does make you question the whole FIFA ranking system, with an in-form France only ranked 16th, hosts Ukraine considered worse than El Salvador, Scotland and strife-torn Libya, while managerless England are deemed the overwhelmingly best team in their group.
Czech Republic 26
Average rank: 29
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Average rank: 22