S. Korea moves up in FIFA rankings despite poor World Cup

2014/07/17 17:47

SEOUL, July 17 (Yonhap) -- South Korea moved up a notch in the latest FIFA world rankings released on Thursday, despite a winless World Cup campaign last month.

South Korea went up to 56th place in the rankings, the fourth-highest position among the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) member states.

South Korea had two losses and a draw in Group H at the World Cup in Brazil, finishing last among four nations. It was South Korea's first World Cup without a victory since the 1998 tournament in France.

Japan, which also had two losses and a draw in Brazil, also went up a spot to 45th, becoming the top-ranked AFC nation. Iran, which had an identical record as South Korea and Japan, slipped six notches to 49th.

Australia, another winless AFC member at the World Cup with three losses, nosedived 14 spots to 76th.

The World Cup results also had a major impact at the top. Germany, which earned its fourth World Cup with a win over Argentina, climbed one spot to No. 1. Germany last ranked No. 1 in June 1994.

Argentina went up three spots to No. 2. The Netherlands, which beat host Brazil to finish third, jumped 12 spots to reach No. 3.

Two other World Cup quarterfinalists, Colombia and Belgium, rounded out the new-look top five.

Spain, the 2010 World Cup champ knocked out of the group stage, fell from first to eighth. Brazil, which was hammered by Germany 7-1 in the semifinals and then fell to the Netherlands 3-0 in the third-place match, dropped from third to seventh.