Wales is now officially better at soccer than Spain, the Netherlands, Italy, Uruguay, France, Denmark, Mexico, the USA, and Russia.
Granted, those nations have qualified for a World Cup more recently than 1958. The Europeans on that list have also been to more than zero European Championships finals.
But facts are facts and the latest FIFA World Ranking standings has the land of Tom Jones and Sir Anthony Hopkins as the ninth-best team on our planet. Such is the god-like power of Gareth Bale. And Aaron Ramsey, who is quite good. No idea who the rest of the players are, though. Is Ryan Giggs still playing?
In fairness to Chris Coleman’s men, who hail from a nation of three million people and nine million sheep, with a smaller land mass than New Hampshire, they are set to qualify for Euro 2016. Though thanks to UEFA’s ridiculous expansion of the tournament, so is every other European country except for San Marino.
Wales currently tops qualifying group B, ahead of Belgium, Israel, Cyprus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Andorra (who only lost 2-1 to Wales last September).
Meanwhile, the USA is 29th, behind Albania, Algeria, Iceland and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Hopefully the U.S. justice department is investigating how that happened.
I would tell you where Canada is, but having to scroll down the page for so long might give me a repetitive strain injury.
Also: Belgium is better than Germany and on the back of FC Dallas’ recent strong performances, Texas sneaks into the top ten. (Oh, wait, that’s Chile.)