Japan and South Korea - FIFA rankings

The world rankings were announced last week after the latest round of FIFA recognised matches. 

The rankings still have Japan as the best team in East Asia while they still sit 60th in the world. They have now dropped five places however in the rankings as the preparations for the summer World Cup are not going well. This poor form as seen Japan sack coach Vahid Halilhodzic this month. 

While the former technical director Akira Nishino is taking charge of the national side and will lead them to the World Cup. Despite the poor form, the national side is still just a few months away from their sixth consecutive World Cup and they must put all their effect into doing the best they can in Russia. 

Japan last month salvaged a draw against Mali with the last kick of the game, and then days later lost to Ukraine 2-1. They will hope to improve in their three remaining World Cup warm-up games against Ghana, Switzerland and Paraguay now to go to Russia with confidence. 

Now to South Korea who dropped two places in the rankings as they sit just one place behind Japan in 61st place in the world. The national side may also have lost their last two friendly matches although overall they did have positives to take from defeats to Northern Ireland and Poland. 

The main issue with South Korea at the moment is poor defensive errors which they will need to put right before the summer. They still have four warm-up games to get this right against Honduras, Bosnia, Bolivia and Senegal. As the side have some great attacking firepower in Son of Tottenham along with others they will always be a threat going forward. 

The world rankings should always be taken as a guide and in no way does this mean that they have no chance in Russia. Below is the full list from the Fifa World Rankings for the East Asian sides. 

List of rankings of all East Asian sides 

1 - (60) Japan 
2 - (61) South Korea 
3 - (73) China 
4 - (112) North Korea 
5 - (121) Taiwan 
6 - (142) Hong Kong 
7 - (186) Macau
8 - (188) Mongolia 
9 - (189) Guam 

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