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S. Korea drops to 51st in July FIFA rankings

All Headlines 17:55 July 06, 2017

SEOUL, July 6 (Yonhap) -- South Korea dropped out of the top 50 in the FIFA rankings for the first time since June 2016, following the national football team's recent mediocre performances.

According to the July ranking unveiled by FIFA on Thursday (Korean time), South Korea slipped eight spots to No. 51 with 662 points. The country now trails three Asian Football Confederation members in FIFA rankings: Iran (23rd), Australia (45th) and Japan (46th).

This is the first time in a year that South Korea failed to finish under No. 50 mark. South Korea began 2017 at No. 37.

South Korea failed to add ranking points last month as the Taeguk Warriors fell 3-2 to Qatar in the final Asian qualifying round for the 2018 FIFA World Cup and played to a scoreless draw with Iraq in a friendly match.

Meanwhile, Germany took No. 1 from Brazil after moving two spots up. Argentina was No. 3, followed by Portugal and Switzerland.

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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