Wednesday, June 25, 2014

World Rankings: India drop one spot to 9th, Argentina move up to 7th




The Indian men’s hockey team dropped one spot to 9th in the latest FIH world rankings announced on Wednesday. It may be recalled that the national team had moved up from 11th spot to 8th spot after the disastrous London Olympics campaign. World champions Australia are still perched on the top, followed by the Netherlands who advanced one spot to 2nd position.

Significantly, Australia has managed to be in the top-3 for the 11th consecutive year. Germany, who failed to make the World Cup semifinals for the first time since the inaugural 1971 World Cup, slipped one place to 3rd position.. Belgium, who were nosed out by England out of semifinal reckoning, however, moved up one spot to 4th, while England fell one spot to 5th position.

Argentina, who reached their maiden World Cup semifinal in Hague, jumped four spots to be placed 7th. New Zealand retained their number six position, while Korea fell one notch to 8th. Pakistan, who failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first-time ever, dropped two places to be ranked 11th, while Spain retained their number ten position.



Netherlands women retained their number one spot. Australia advanced two spots to number two, while Argentina fell to 3rd position. England, who finished a disappointing 11th in the recent World Cup, slipped three places to be ranked 6th. New Zealand advanced one spot to be placed 4th while China climbed two spots to be ranked 5th.  USA jumped two places to be ranked 8th following their superb semifinal appearance in the 2014 World Cup, while Germany and Korea fell one spot to be placed 7th and 9th respectively. Japan also fell one spot to be ranked 10th.



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