Heading into the 2014 World Cup draw this weekend, many media personalities point out that the Socceroos rank last in the rankings of all 32 teams heading to Brazil.
Honduras, Algeria, Costa Rica and Iran are just some of the teams that rank higher than Australia.
But it isn’t as miserable as everyone makes the situation out to be.
Being the lowest ranked team gives you the lowest expectations meaning there is the chance that teams overlook you and gives you a chance to catch teams off guard.
This is the case even though most teams in the modern game are prepared to correctly assess all teams they come up against.
But are the Socceroos really the worst team jumping on a plane to Brazil?
I don’t believe so. Unlike four years ago when the ‘roos were sitting at about 20, Australia has not had to compete in Asia Cup qualifiers due to the fact we are hosting the tournament.
As a result the number of points being earned for our ranking is significantly lower, as friendly results do not contribute as much to the ranking as a qualifying match does.
This is the same reason why Brazil’s ranking has dropped, as they are host of the tournament.
So while being the lowest ranked team going to the World Cup isn’t the ideal situation, it isn’t as doom and gloom as it seems.