I dont like the FIFA rankings, there are better ones out there, but these are the official rankings and this is what everyone looks at. So when some random jabroni is checking out the rankings it will be nice that they will see Israel playing with the big boys.
According to FIFA, we were ranked 22nd back in June 1999. We've definitely came a long way back to get this high again. Congrats! arty::thumbsup::happy:
But Kappa is right... we'll need to actually WIN a tournament and qualify for EVERY tournament for AT LEAST 10 years in order to get any respect from the bigger football nations!!! And once we're in those tournaments, we must get to the knock-out stage every time also. If this trend would start now(i know it's a long shot), it will take at least 2-3 generations of Israeli players to gain this type of reputation... :hopeful::hopeful::hopeful:
Israel's ranking is up to 20th in the world, our highest ever, however I feel there are some holes in our team. Our centre backs are shaky and prevent the team from going forward more, and we lack some pace, with Cohen,Barda, and Benayoun being our fastest players. Hopefully Assulin and Sahar will develop and bring more pace to the team. We are also horrible at keeping possesion we need strong central midfield play from Alberman,Cohen, and Baruchian If we want to keep ourselves in games against higher level opponents.