Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Columbia not in the top twenty placing by FIFA world ranking

Former Colombia international Footballer Freddy Rincon was arrested in Brazil following an extradition request from Panama. He was detained this morning and is being held at the federal police headquarters in Sao Paulo. Police said Rincon, who was arrested at his home is wanted in Panama on money laundering charges.

Rincon a lanky midfielder with a surprisingly delf touch, played for Brazilian clubs Corinthians and Palmeiras, Napoli and Real Madrid. He played in three world cups for his country and captained the Corinthians team who won FIFA's club world cup in the year 2000.

Recently the 40 year old Ricon has been trying to break into coaching and this year had a brief spell with modest provincial club Sao Bento. This year from the FIFA world ranking result, Columbia are not in the top twenty placing.

France climb to second in FIFA ranking

Europe stole a march on South America in June's FIFA world ranking list released on this month with France leapfrogging Brazil and Argentina to take second spots, while 2006 world cup champions Italy held onto first place. Back to back victories in Europe 2008 qualifiers this month buoyed both France and Germany, which rose to fourth placing in the world, its higest position in more than four years.

Breaking up into the top 20 were the United States, Sweden, Ghana and Ivory Coast. Their fortunes constrasted with Turkey, Scothland,Russia and Mexico, all of which feel several places. The biggest surge albeit lower down the rankings, came from Armenia which climbed to 48th position from 80th position due to an upset victory over Poland.

FIFA world ranking body sain the rankings would likely be shaken up in the coming months with the Copa America and more Europe 2008 qualifiers taken into account, while results from last year's world cup diminshing in value. The placings of the top twenty are :

1) Italy
2) France
3) Brazil
4) Germany
5) Argentina
6) Portugal
7) Spain
8) England
9) Holland
10) Czech Republic
11) Croatia
12) Romamia
13) Ukraine
14) Cameroon
15) Greece
16) United State
17) Sweden
18) Poland
19) Ghana
20) Ivory Coast