Bulgaria has slipped down in the international team ranking published for this month by the highest Football governing body FIFA.
Bulgaria’s position in January rankings was 72nd, but, in new rankings which came out earlier today, they were at no. 75.
As far as the rankings at the top are concerned, it’s more or less the same with the Belgian team still acquiring the first place
From Bulgaria’s point of view, it’s not a big slip up though and it has happened as they have not played any international game of late.
However, if you see the previous 8 to 10 months, that period has been slightly disappointing for the Bulgarians.
Their Euro qualification campaign last year ended in disappointment as they got eliminated from the group phase itself, ending at no. 4 in Group H.
They actually played some good Football towards the end of the group phase, but, having dropped valuable points in the matches in the earlier rounds; it was a tall order for them to secure qualification despite consecutive wins in the last 2-3 games.
They, however, would like to get over that failure and would prepare well for the qualification campaign of another big tournament, which is the biggest of them all, the World Cup.
The World Cup qualification games start in the second half of this year and Bulgaria has got a difficult group.
The European powerhouses Holland and France are also in the same group.
So, Bulgaria will have to prepare well and it’s good for them that they are going to have a lot of matches under their belt ahead of the start of the qualification tournament.
They have some friendly games coming up next month and then, they would be taking part in Kirin Cup too in summer.