South Korea are expected to see a significant drop in their world FIFA ranking after a poor showing in recent games.
While Korea are currently ranked as the 51st best team in the world, two heavy losses in the last international break to teams with lower rankings than Korea means that they will likely see a big drop when compared to their current position.
The FIFA rankings are important because the October rankings will be used to seed the teams for the World Cup draw. In previous years, only the top eight nations were seeded with all other groups being organized by confederation.
Korea are therefore expected to be one of the lowest seeded teams in the tournament and they will likely get a very tough group in the World Cup.
While World Cup qualification is often a joyous occasion for the nation involved, when Korea qualified for this year's tournament there was more than a hint of dissatisfaction about the way the team had played and qualified.
After having removed their previous manager Uli Stielike with only two qualifying games left, new manager Shin Tae-young saw his team do the bare minimum to qualify with two 0-0 draws against Iran and Uzbekistan.
The two most recent friendlies last week, against Russia and Morroco, were seen as a chance for the team to show what they could do against slightly bigger teams. However, Korea fell flat as they lost 4-2 to Russia and 3-1 to Morocco.
The national team will now have only eight months to turn things around before the world cup starts in June next year.
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