Who is the lowest ranked european team to qualify for world cup?


As of Oct 2013, Iceland is ranked 46th. Croatia is 18th.

Since, Iceland lost -- and with two games still remaining -- the lowest could either be Jordan (70th) or New Zealand (79th). However, New Zealand would have to beat Mexico (24th) and Jordan would have to beat Uruguay (6th).

So if Jordan and New Zealand lose their qualifiers, then the lowest ranking European team qualifying in the 2014 world cup will be France (21st) and -- from any continent (bonus) -- Cameroon (59th).

Sources: http://www.fifa.com/worldranking/rankingtable/ and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2014_FIFA_World_Cup_qualification

As for lowest ranking of all time from any continent, El Salvador (80th as of Mar. 2013, 89th as of Nov. 2013) seems to be the answer.


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Bhutanese football player Chencho Gyeltshen controls the ball in a March 5 match against Sri Lanka. The striker hit two goals Tuesday to lead Bhutan past Sri Lanka and into the next phase of World Cup Qualifying. Lakruwan Wanniarachchi/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Bhutanese football player Chencho Gyeltshen controls the ball in a March 5 match against Sri Lanka. The striker hit two goals Tuesday to lead Bhutan past Sri Lanka and into the next phase of World Cup Qualifying.

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• European qualifying home page

Qualifying for 2018 sees seven groups of six nations and two groups of five.

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