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S. Korea up four spots to reach No. 50 in FIFA rankings

All News 19:11 June 02, 2016

SEOUL, June 2 (Yonhap) -- South Korea moved up four spots to reach No. 50 in the latest FIFA rankings announced Thursday.

The June rankings of FIFA placed South Korea as the second-best Asian Football Confederation (AFC) member, behind only the 39th-ranked Iran. Japan, South Korea's archrival, checked in at 53rd, while Australia stood at 59th.

South Korea and Iran have been paired in Group A in the final Asian qualifying round for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, along with Uzbekistan (No. 66), China (No. 81), Qatar (No. 84) and Syria (No. 101).

Meanwhile, Argentina maintained their No. 1 position, followed by Belgium, Colombia, Germany and Chile.

Spain, which routed South Korea 6-1 in a friendly match in Salzburg, Austria, on Wednesday, stayed at No. 6, followed by Brazil, Portugal, Uruguay and Austria. The Czech Republic, which South Korea will face on Sunday for another friendly, were placed at No. 30, one step lower from the May rankings. North Korea, meanwhile, were No. 98.

FIFA rankings are based on the average number of points that a team accumulates over a four-year period. The ranking points in each match are determined by its result, its value and the relative strength of the opponent and their confederation. The system also has a yearly basis depreciation for the value of the matches.

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