The FIFA ranking of the Korean national football team led by coach Jurgen Klinsmann fell to 28th. It is 8 steps away from Japan, which ranks first in Asia.스포츠토토
According to the June FIFA rankings announced by FIFA on the 29th (Korean time), Korea ranked 28th, down one notch from last April. It dropped 6.71 points to 1529.3 points, ranking fourth in Asia. Australia moved up two notches to 27th with 1530.45 points, surpassing Korea and rising to third in Asia. Japan maintained its highest ranking in Asia at 20th.
After Klinsman took over as manager, Korea failed to win in four A-matches. In their first match against Colombia in March, they drew 2-2. In the return match against Uruguay, the group stage opponent of the 2022 Qatar World Cup, they lost 1-2.
Compared to March, the two teams that are considered to be relatively weak were also unable to win. In two friendly matches in June, Korea lost 0-1 and drew 1-1 against Peru and El Salvador, respectively. Meanwhile, Japan defeated El Salvador and Peru 6-0 and 4-1 respectively.
Asiad Main Stadium on the afternoon of the 16th. South Korea’s Lee Kang-in, who was defeated 0-1, greets the fans after the match. ⓒReporter Kwak Hye-mi
Qatar World Cup champions Argentina have kept the top spot in the FIFA rankings since last April. Runner-up France is second. Brazil, a South American powerhouse, maintained third place.
There has been a change in the rankings among European teams. England, which succeeded in rising one notch, moved to fourth place, overtaking Belgium (5th). Croatia, which finished third at the Qatar World Cup, moved up to sixth place, surpassing the Netherlands (seventh). Italy, Portugal and Spain took 8th to 10th places.
The largest increase was recorded in Kazakhstan. It rose 8 places from 112th to 104th. Togo, Tanzania and Moldova climbed seven places each. In particular, Moldova, ranked 164th, played a significant role in directing a cataclysmic victory over Poland (26th) 3-2 last April.
In addition, Iran maintained its second spot in Asia at 22nd. Among Southeast Asian teams, Vietnam ranked the highest at 95th. Rival Thailand is 113th.