Johannesburg, July 8, GNA – Ghana’s Black Stars has been ranked theÂ seventh best team at the ongoing South Africa 2010 FIFA World Cup.
The Stars, the only African team to advance past the group stage beforeÂ they crashed to Uruguay atÂ the quarter-finals, were ranked ahead of reigning and defending WorldÂ Champions Italy and are alsoÂ the only African team in the top 10.
The final standings of the competition was released by World soccerÂ governing body, Federation ofÂ International Football Associations (FIFA) on Thursday ahead of theÂ third-place playoff and the grandÂ finale on Sunday, 11 July.
Conspicuously missing from the standings are the first to fourth placedÂ teams since the outcome of Â the matches were unknown at the time of the release of the rankings withÂ Spain, Netherlands,Â Germany and Uruguay expected to fill the vacuum later on.
Information gathered by GNA Sports from the FIFA Secretariat in SandtonÂ has it that the standingsÂ was influenced by the performance of the respective teams including pointsÂ haul from matches, goalsÂ scored, goals conceded and the general team conduct amongst others.
The current position of the Black Stars serves as a great improvementÂ on the team’s ranking afterÂ its 13th position in the Germany 2006 FIFA World Cup, where they were alsoÂ the only African team toÂ have gone past the first round.
Five-time World Champions, Brazil and their bitterest rivals, ArgentinaÂ were ranked fifth and sixthÂ respectively.
Four-time Africa champions, Cameroon who lost all their three gamesÂ were ranked 31st just aboveÂ Korea DPR, who perched at the bottom (32nd spot), and also recording theÂ heaviest defeat by losingÂ 0-7 to Portugal.
Cote d’Ivoire placed 17th, hosts South Africa are 20th, Nigeria andÂ Algeria on 27th and 28thÂ respectively.
Below is the full rankings from 5th to 32nd positions;
15. Korea Republic
17. Cote d’Ivoire
20. South Africa
22. New Zealand
32. Korea DPR