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World Cup: 6 Teams Who Dropped The Most In FIFA Ranking

6 Teams Who Dropped The Most In FIFA Ranking

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The FIFA world ranking results are out for the month of April. Some teams moved up, like Scotland who went from 37 to 22, but some teams moved down. Although I don't think FIFA rankings should be taken too seriously, they are the results of matches, and it's important to see where teams around the world stand.

Here are the six teams that are in the World Cup that dropped the most in rank. Some may surprise you.

6. Ghana

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6. Ghana

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Ghana dropped three slots to 38th place. This may be good news for the US National team, who shares the "Group of Death" with them for the World Cup, but obviously not good for Ghana, whose opponents are all ranked in the top 15. There is still time before the World Cup begins; hopefully, Ghana trains hard and proves FIFA rankings don't mean everything.

5. Argentina

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5. Argentina

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Argentina dropped three slots to 6th place. Although 6th place is nothing to be ashamed about, when a team's goal is to win the World Cup, the closer to first the better. Lucky for Argentina, their group stage will not be too much of a challenge, but they need to really step up once they begin playing against other high-ranked teams.

4. Bosnia and Herzegovina

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4. Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Bosnia and Herzegovina dropped four places down to 26. This may be a bit of a blow to the team who will face Argentina in group stage, but luckily, Iran and Nigeria are many places below. If you believe FIFA rankings are fair, then hopefully Bosnia and Herzegovina will proceed through group stage, but they will need to put in a great effort to keep on winning.

3. Croatia

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3. Croatia

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Croatia did not fair well in Euro 2012, but still remains in the top 25 worldwide. After dropping four slots to 20th place, it is obvious that Croatia needs to train harder if they hope to be a true contender in the World Cup. Teams like Mexico and Brazil will be tough to beat, and they will have to win if they want to proceed out of group stage.

2. Netherlands

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2. Netherlands

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The Netherlands' drop was the most shocking to me. Falling from 11th to 15th is harsh. While 15 isn't bad, a team really wants to break into the top 10 when they're competing for the World Cup. The Netherlands were the runners up in last World Cup, and I don't see why they couldn't make it to at least the semifinals this year. They have three more friendlies before the World Cup to get in plenty of practice.

1. Ecuador

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1. Ecuador

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I think Ecuador's drop may not have been too much of a surprise. Although, they are a World Cup contender, dropping five slots to 28th place does not scream champions. Ecuador faces France, Switzerland and Honduras in group E. They are above Honduras in rank, but only by a few slots. I wouldn't put my money on Ecuador to escape group stage, but you never know. Miracles do happen.