8 FIFA Countries You've Probably Never Heard Of

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What’s that country the announcer just called over the loudspeaker? Well it could be 1 of these countries ranked higher than Canada in the FIFA world rankings; Canada is currently ranked 110 out of 207. C’mon Canada, step your game up.

8 FIFA Countries You’ve Probably Never Heard of

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What was that country just announced? Well it could be 1 of these countries ranked higher than Canada in the FIFA world rankings; Canada is currently ranked 110 out of 207. C’mon, step your game up.

  • Kingdom of Bahrain, Rank 110

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    Ok, so they’re technically tied with Canada, but for an island country only 55x18km in size, with a population of 1.2 million, it’s not like Canada really had an excuse not to do better.

  • Central African Republic, Rank 105

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    They have a three letter country code of CAR (awesome) and are located in Central Africa (duh). They’ve withdrawn from the World Cup twice. Meaning they’ve qualified as many times as the Canadian team

  • Equatorial Guinea, Rank 102

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    Not to be confused with Papua New Guinea or New Guinea, Equatorial Guinea is a central African country. Their football team is historically 1 of the worst in Africa, but currently better than Canada.

  • Gabonese Republic, Rank 89

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    The Gabonese Republic is an African country that borders Cameroon & Republic of Congo. While they have never qualified for the World Cup finals, they’re quite a bit closer than Canada currently is.

  • Togolese Republic, Rank 88

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    Togo is 1 of the smallest countries in West Africa. Once a French colony, their primary language is French. They’ve qualified for the World cup once which is the same amount as Canada has played.

  • Republic of Macedonia, Rank 80

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    Macedonia is a landlocked country that was once part of Yugoslavia. They were constituted in November 1991—they’ve only been a country for 22 years, younger than most players on the Canadian team.

  • Montenegro, Rank 51

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    Montenegro is a small country in Europe, bordering Albania, Serbia and Hungary. They won their 1st international football match in 2007. Canada, in comparison, won their first in 1885.

  • Republic of Armenia, Rank 38

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    A mountainous country in the South Caucasus region of Eurasia, bordering Turkey, Iran, and Georgia. With a population that’s 1/10th of Canada’s they can still find 11 guys better than us.

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