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2014 World Cup: FIFA rankings have Group D inching closer to Group G for toughest draw

Published on: 14 April 2014
Kwesi Appiah has been drawn to play in the Group of Death

When the US men’s national team was drawn into Group G with Germany, Portugal, and Ghana for the World Cup, many fans of the team saw their worst fears realized.

And one look at the latest FIFA rankings doesn't help ease the stomach at all.

When FIFA released their rankings last Thursday, Germany and Portugal were placed as the No. 2 and No. 3 teams in the world, while the US came in at No. 13.

But with Ghana dropping from No. 35 to No. 38, there's another group staking claim to the "Group of Death" moniker.

With Uruguay (5) Italy (9), England (11) and Costa Rica (34), Group D teams have an average ranking of 14.75 going by the current rankings.

This is only .75 behind the US’ group and represents a significant decrease in the difference between the two groups since the draw took place.

Back in December, Group G had an average ranking of 11.25, a full three spots lower Group D, its next closest competitor.

Since then Ghana has dropped from No. 24 to No. 38, allowing Group D to become a challenger for the Group of Death.

Group B – with Spain (1), Chile (14) and the Netherlands (15) – could be considered another contender for this title, but Australia has the lowest ranking in the tournament at 59.

This brings the groups average ranking all the way down to 22.25.

So what do you think is the World Cup's Group of Death? Let us know in the comments below.


This article has 7 comment(s), give your comment
  • Koo Paul says:
    April 15, 2014 06:28 am
    Group of death is England, Italy and Uruguay. Among these 3 teams, which one will be eliminated in the first round? Costa Rica will be whipping boys. About FIFA ranking, l see that they are simply not serious.Ignore it!
  • ZG GH4LIFE says:
    April 15, 2014 03:48 am
    **** fifa ranking Ghana number 1 to me and thats all that matters
  • kwame-blz says:
    April 15, 2014 01:52 am
    Who s gives a heck about what fifa says about a country? U.S always rank higher than Ghana in all the world cups in the past 8yrs and including this one, fifa should knw how corrupt they are and better they still brings these stupid rankings to tel the world that we pick our favorites to top the rankings but nothing else. Brazil will rank 60th in the world in none world cup yrs but edging to a world cup, brazil ii be in the top 10 as always becuz tat how fifa shock the world. USA is 13th and cannot beat the 38th ranked team in 4 poles.
  • Benito says:
    April 15, 2014 12:55 am
    I agree with uche,England have the group of death.i don't think that rankings reflect the current status of the teams,I doubt it's 2006 world we beat the number one ranking in the world,so...
  • Uche says:
    April 14, 2014 08:19 pm
    Uruguay,Italy,England n Costa Rica is the group of death 4 real.
  • Bright Baffour says:
    April 14, 2014 08:52 pm
    But still Ghana will reach the semi-final
  • daniel bonsu says:
    April 15, 2014 12:14 pm
    l think fifa must stop trowing dest into our eye b 'cose some of knows what fifa is there for. but all the same the group of death is group G