Japan is predicted to enter the top 10 in the FIFA rankings… Korea also expected to rise by 2 notches

The Japanese national soccer team, which defeated Germany and Turkiye one after another, is on the verge of entering the top 10 in the FIFA rankings. It has been 11 years since 2012 that Japan entered the top 10 in the FIFA rankings.

According to Football Rankings, which compiles FIFA rankings in real time as of the 13th, Japan recorded 1,605.20 points, 9.24 points higher than last July, and is expected to rise one place in the FIFA ranking from 20th to 19th. Previously, Japan won 4-1 away in Germany, earning 5.39 points, and also won 4-2 in a neutral friendly match against Turkye, accumulating 3.85 points.

If the FIFA rankings are confirmed in September as is, Japan will be ranked in the top 10 for the first time since 2012, when it ranked 19th. Japan’s highest ever ranking was 9th in 1998. Of course, it will maintain its No. 1 position in Asia. Japan has consistently maintained first place in Asia since rising to 20th place in the FIFA rankings in December last year.스포츠토토

Korea, led by coach Jurgen Klinsmann, is also expected to rise to 26th place, up two places from last July. Korea lost 0.22 points due to a 0-0 draw against Wales, but gained 3.94 points after defeating Saudi Arabia that day. The total score is expected to increase the ranking to 1533.02 points. Korea’s ranking has been on a downward trend from 25th in December last year to 27th in April this year and 28th in June and July.

In Asia, Korea is expected to regain third place in Asia, following Japan (19th) and Iran (21st). Australia, which played only one friendly match against Mexico (2-2 draw) during the September international match, will maintain its 27th place, but is expected to fall to 4th in Asia after being pushed by Korea. Saudi Arabia (57th), Qatar (61st), and the United Arab Emirates (69th) are expected to follow.

The media predicts that Tunisia, Korea’s opponent in the October friendly match, will rank 29th, up two places from 31st in July. Tunisia defeated Botswana 3-0 and Egypt 3-1 this month. Vietnam, which was selected as the opponent for a domestic evaluation match against a Southeast Asian team for the first time in 32 years, is also expected to move up one place from 95th to 94th. The friendly matches against Tunisia and Vietnam will be held on October 13th (Seoul World Cup) and 17th (Suwon World Cup), respectively.

Korea’s opponents in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup finals in January next year are still ranked outside the top 80. Jordan is expected to rank 84th, Bahrain 86th, and Malaysia 136th. The Football Rankings forecast is that there will be no change in the top five FIFA rankings, including Argentina, France, Brazil, England, and Belgium. The September FIFA rankings will be officially announced on the 21st.

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