Ghana's No. 1

Fifa ranks Ghana seventh at the 2010 World Cup

Published on: 09 July 2010

Ghana's Black Stars has been ranked the seventh best team at the 2010 World Cup even though they were eliminated at the quarter final stage.

The Stars, the only African team to advance past the group stage before they crashed to Uruguay at the quarter-finals, were ranked ahead of reigning and defending World Champions Italy and are also the only African team in the top 10.

The final standings of the competition was released by World soccer governing body, Fifa on Thursday ahead of the third-place playoff and the grand finale on Sunday, 11 July.

Conspicuously missing from the standings are the first to fourth placed teams since the outcome of the matches were unknown at the time of the release of the rankings with Spain, Netherlands, Germany and Uruguay expected to fill the vacuum later on.

The standings was influenced by the performance of the respective teams including points haul from matches, goals scored, goals conceded and the general team conduct amongst others.

The current position of the Black Stars serves as a great improvement on the team's ranking after its 13th position in the Germany 2006 FIFA World Cup, where they were also the only African team to have gone past the first round.

Five-time World Champions, Brazil and their bitterest rivals,Argentina were ranked fifth and sixth respectively.

Four-time Africa champions, Cameroon who lost all their three games were ranked 31st just above Korea DPR, who perched at the bottom (32nd spot), and also recording the heaviest defeat by losing 0-7 to Portugal.

Cote d'Ivoire placed 17th, hosts South Africa are 20th, Nigeriaand Algeria on 27th and 28th respectively.

Below is the full rankings from 5th to 32nd positions;

5. Argentina

6. Brazil

7. Ghana

8. Paraguay

9. Japan

10. Chile

11. Portugal

12. USA

13. England

14. Mexico

15. Korea Republic

16. Slovakia

17. Cote d'Ivoire

18. Slovenia

19. Switzerland

20. South Africa

21. Australia

22. New Zealand

23. Serbia

24. Denmark

25. Greece

26. Italy

27. Nigeria

28. Algeria

29. France

30. Honduras

31. Cameroon

32. Korea DPR

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