Football team jumps in the rankings

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Norway’s national men’s football team (landslaget) is heading into this weekend’s next qualifying match for the European Championships in much stronger shape. Its two most recent victories boosted the squad greatly in the FIFA rankings.

Norway jumped from 76th to 34th place just one week before facing Malta on home turf at Ullevaal Stadium in Oslo. That’s the biggest single jump ever for Norway, reported newspaper Dagsavisen.

“The FIFA rankings reflect the development we’ve had in the national team,” head coach Per-Mathias Høgmo told the national football federation’s own website. He noted that over the past nine matches, Norway has scored five victories, two ties and two losses.

Argentina tops the rankings, just ahead of Germany and Belgium. Among the Nordic nations, Iceland currently is best in the 23rd spot, ahead of former powerhouse Denmark, ranked 28th. staff