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Mancini´s Italy end four-year absence from FIFA rankings elite

Mancini´s Italy end four-year absence from FIFA rankings elite
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Mancini´s Italy end four-year absence from FIFA rankings elite

Mancini´s Italy finish four-year absence from FIFA rankings elite

Roberto Mancini has led resurgent Italy again into the highest 10 of the FIFA rankings after a four-year absence.

The Azzurri are four-time World Cup winners however final featured within the increased echelons within the August 2016 rankings.

Failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup throughout Gian Piero Ventura’s reign demonstrated their decline, however Mancini, who turned 56 on Friday, has engineered a formidable turnaround in fortunes.

Italy had been twentieth on the FIFA listing when Mancini took over as head coach in Might 2018, however profitable all 10 of their Euro 2020 qualifying matches not solely re-established them as a significant pressure, it has seen their rating soar.

Italy have reached the Nations League finals and are actually unbeaten in 22 matches, their greatest such run for the reason that 12 months they received the World Cup in 2006.

They loved an 11-game profitable streak throughout the present sequence and will likely be seeded for the Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifiers.

Mancini praised his squad’s efforts earlier this month, saying on RAI Sport: “The gamers have executed a terrific job as a result of it has not all the time been straightforward.

“Now we have tried to change into extra offensive with our play. You need to have the suitable mentality to take action and have a method of play that every one the nice groups have.”

Italy climbed from twelfth to tenth place within the new rankings, whereas Mexico additionally jumped two locations, rising to ninth.

For Mexico the wait to rejoin the highest 10 had been even longer than it was for Italy – with a nine-year span since they final featured.

Belgium stay prime of the listing, forward of France and Brazil.

 

FIFA rankings prime 10: 1 Belgium, 2 France, 3 Brazil, 4 England, 5 Portugal, 6 Spain, 7 Argentina, 8 Uruguay, 9 Mexico, 10 Italy.


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