The Korean men’s national soccer team’s FIFA ranking jumped to 24th, up two places from last month. The Korean national team’s victories in previous friendly matches against Tunisia and Vietnam led to an increase in the FIFA rankings.토토사이트
The Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) officially announced the FIFA rankings for October on its official website on the 26th (local time). Korea ranked 24th, up two places from last month (26th).
Korea earned 1533.01 ranking points last month, but this month its ranking rose to 1540.35 points. Korea started at 27th place in the FIFA rankings last April and then ranked 28th in June and July. However, in September, the ranking rose two places to 26th, and then again this October, the ranking jumped two places to 24th.
Recently, Korea has been performing well in national team games. The Korean national soccer team, led by coach Jurgen Klinsmann, won 4-0 in a friendly match against Tunisia on the 13th. Although Tunisia was of course not a world-class team, it was a formidable opponent whose FIFA ranking was 29th last month. Moreover, at the 2022 FIFA Qatar World Cup, they performed well in the group stage, including defeating France, with 1 win, 1 draw, and 1 loss.
Korea then successfully won 6-0 against the underdog Vietnam, completing the October warm-up match perfectly with two consecutive wins. Including the friendly match against Saudi Arabia (1-0 win) played in Newcastle (England) on the 13th of last month, it was 3 consecutive wins. Coach Klinsmann has posted a record of 3 wins, 3 draws, and 2 losses since taking the reins.
It is no exaggeration to say that Korean soccer is enjoying its greatest glory ever. The reason is obvious. This is because most of the players who form the core of the national team are active on the European stage, and they are also showing great success in big clubs. In the offensive zone is Son Heung-min, the leading striker of Korean soccer, in the midfield is Kang-in Lee, who is called the future of Korean soccer, and in the defensive zone is Kim Min-jae, an ‘iron-walled world-class defender.’ With the best players playing in the front line, midfield, and last line, the national team cannot help but produce good results.
This can be said to be a remarkable change. Korea sank to 62nd place when the FIFA rankings were announced in October 2017, six years ago. At that time, after losing two consecutive away games in Europe, they fell 11 places compared to their ranking in September of that year, two months ago. Even at that time, Korea’s FIFA ranking was lower than China, which was the first time since the FIFA ranking system was introduced. Korea ranked 58th, and China ranked 57th, one step higher than Korea. At that time, Korea ranked 5th among Asian countries, following Iran (34th, 784 points), Australia (43rd, 714 points), Japan (44th, 711 points), and China (57th, 626 points).
However, after that, Korean soccer slowly began to rebound. And Korea, which has raised its FIFA ranking significantly compared to six years ago, can now look forward to the highest FIFA ranking of all time. Korea’s highest ever FIFA ranking was 17th, which was recorded in December 1998. If Son Heung-min, Kim Min-jae, and Lee Kang-in continue to produce good results in international matches over the next three to four years, breaking the FIFA rankings is not impossible. On the other hand, Korea’s lowest ever FIFA ranking is 69th (November 2014).
Additionally, the team that maintained the highest FIFA ranking in Asia this October was Japan. Japan ranked 19th with 1605.2 points last month, but this month ranked 18th with 1612.99 ranking points. Japan has been showing tremendous growth in recent international matches. In the A match played at home in October, they defeated Canada, the enemy of North and Central America, 4-1, and then even defeated Tunisia 2-0.
Following Japan, Iran scored 1567.3 points, higher than last month’s 1561.26 points, but maintained its ranking of 21st. South Korea ranked third highest in Asia. Australia ranked 27th, three places behind Korea, and the fourth Asian country. After gaining 1531.72 points last month, Australia lost 0.47 points to 1531.25 points this month.
In Asia, Japan, Iran, Korea, and Australia have established a top four team, while the rankings of the remaining teams have dropped significantly. Saudi Arabia was 57th (1,408.85 points), Qatar was 61st (1,394.16 points), Iraq was 68th (1,349.73 points), and the United Arab Emirates was 69th (1,348.87 points). The United Arab Emirates is led by coach Paulo Bento, who led Korean soccer at the Qatar World Cup. Oman ranked 72nd (1334.37 points) and Uzbekistan ranked 73rd (1333.09 points).
China continued to rank 79th (1296.99 points), Jordan 82nd (1284.39 points), Bahrain 83rd (1281.46 points), Syria 92nd (1239.37 points), Vietnam 94th (1236.25 points), and Palestine 96th. (1224.05 points), Kyrgyzstan was 97th (1224.03 points), India was 102nd (1198.84 points), Lebanon was 104th (1198.25 points), Tajikistan was 109th (1187.23 points), and Thailand was 112th (1177.15 points). ), followed by North Korea at 115th place (1169.96 points). Singapore, Korea’s opponent in the second qualifying round of the World Cup, was ranked 155th (1032.89 points).
There was no significant change in the rankings of world-class players. Argentina, which lifted the trophy at the Qatar World Cup last year, maintained first place (1861.29 points). 2nd place is France (1853.11 points), 3rd place is Brazil (1812.2 points), 4th place is England (1807.88 points), 5th place is Belgium (1793.71 points), 6th place is Portugal (1739.83 points), 7th place is Netherlands (1739.83 points). 1739.26 points), Spain took 8th place (1725.97 points), Italy took 9th place (1717.81 points), and Croatia took 10th place (1711.88 points). Portugal and Croatia each improved their rankings by two places, but Croatia fell four places compared to last month.
The United States ranked 11th (1675.89 points), Mexico 12th (1663.94 points), Morocco 13th (1658.49 points), Switzerland 14th (1645.38 points), Uruguay 15th (1643.72 points), and Germany ranked 16th. After repeated declines, it fell to 16th place (1643.49 points). 17th place was Colombia (1626.6 points).