Socceroos to reach decade-high FIFA ranking after Qatar World Cup

The Socceroos, whose World Cup heroics gave Australian football an injection of hope before the violence at AAMI Park knocked it back, are set to reach their highest point in the FIFA men’s world rankings in more than a decade.

Graham Arnold’s side, which won two matches in Qatar to reach the last 16 and gave eventual champions Argentina a fright with a late surge, will climb 11 places to 27th in the rankings.

It is their best placing since being 25th in September 2012 under Holger Osieck.

Along with surprise semi-finalist Morocco, Australia will be this month’s biggest climbers.

And while the Socceroos’ performance ended in heartbreak against Argentina, it gave them their highest World Cup ranking of 11th from 32 teams in the final standings after winning two matches at the tournament for the first time.

Wins over Tunisia and 10th-ranked Denmark were sandwiched between a tournament-opening 4-1 thrashing by defending champions France and a tight 2-1 loss to champions Argentina.

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