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- Japan and South Korea 2002 -


FIFA World Cup 2006 Tournament Logo Report
Match Results
Stand-Out Players



   
    
- Tournament Report-

The 2002 FIFA World Cup hosted by Japan and South Korea was a tournament full of surprises, from reigning champions France's defeat in the opening match right up to Brazil and Germany facing off against each other in the final. Because although in itself it's hardly surprising for those two traditional powerhouses of international football to reach the final of the World Cup, few would have backed either of them to go far in the run up to the tournament. Brazil had distinctly failed to impress during their qualification-campaign, and the German team was regarded by friend and foe alike as the worst in living memory.

France, Argentina, and Italy were widely acknowledged as the pre-tournament favourites. But if their fans were banking on success, they were in for a nasty surprise. Seldom will a reigning champion's bid to retain the title have ended in such complete and utter failure, as France's did in 2002. With one measly point to their name, and without having scored a single, France ended fourth in their group and were on their way home after the first round. Argentina fared little better, failing to qualify from a group that included England and Sweden. The Italians did make it past the group round, albeit without making too much of an impression, only to find themselves ousted by hosts South Korea in the second round.

Cafu neemt namens Brazilie de wereldbeker in ontvangst
Brazil captain Cafu lifts the World Cup in triumph

South Korea would go on to claim another big scalp when they beat Spain in the quater-final. They had more than their fair share of luck in both matches, but reaching the semi-finals was an impressive achievement nonetheless. Their luck ran out against Germany (as anyone's tends to do when playing the Germans in a World Cup), losing by a single goal. The other semi-final was also decided by a solitary goal as Brazil, who had beaten England in the quater-final, got the better of Turkey. With their star-player Michael Ballack suspended, the Germans found themselves unable to stop Brazil from winning their fifth World Cup. Ronaldo was the man of the evening as he avoided a repeat of his 1998 final-day jitters and bagged both goals in a 2-0 victory.

 
- Results -

Final
Brazil
2-0
Germany
   
3rd place play-off
South Korea
2-3
Turkey
  
Semi-Final
Brazil
1-0
Turkey
Germany
1-0
South Korea
 
Quater-final
England
Senegal
1-2
0-1
Brazil
Turkey (GG)
Germany
Spain
1-0
0-0
USA
South Korea (P)
 
Second Round
Japan
Brazil
Sweden
Denmark
0-1
2-0
1-2
0-3
Turkey
Belgium
Senegal (GG)
England
S. Korea (GG)
Mexico
Spain (P)
Germany
2-1
0-2
1-1
1-0
Italy
USA
Ireland
Paraguay
 
First Round
Group A
 1. Denmark
3
2
1
0
5-2
7
 2. Senegal
3
1
2
0
5-4
5
 3. Uruguay
3
0
2
1
4-5
2
 4. France
3
0
1
2
0-3
1
Group B
 1. Spain
3
3
0
0
9-4
9
 2. Paraguay
3
1
1
1
6-6
4
 3. South Africa
3
1
1
1
5-5
4
 4. Slovenia
3
0
0
3
2-7
0
Senegal
Denmark
Denmark
France
Uruguay
France
3-3
2-0
1-1
0-0
1-2
0-1
Uruguay
France
Senegal
Uruguay
Denmark
Senegal
Slovenia
South Africa South Africa Spain
Spain
Paraguay
1-3
2-3
1-0
3-1
3-1
2-2
Paraguay
Spain
Slovenia
Paraguay
Slovenia
South Africa
  
Group C
 1. Brazil
3
3
0
0
11-3
9
 2. Turkey
3
1
1
1
5-3
4
 3. Costa Rica
3
1
1
1
5-6
4
 4. China
3
0
0
3
0-9
0
Group D
 1. South Korea
3
2
1
0
4-1
7
 2. USA
3
1
1
1
5-6
4
 3. Portugal
3
1
0
2
6-4
3
 4. Poland
3
1
0
2
3-7
3
Turkey
Costa Rica
Costa Rica
Brazil
China
Brazil
3-0
2-5
1-1
4-0
0-2
2-1
China
Brazil
Turkey
China
Costa Rica
Turkey
Poland
Portugal
Portugal
South Korea
USA
South Korea
3-1
0-1
4-0
1-1
3-2
2-0
USA
South Korea
Poland
USA
Portugal
Poland
  
Group E
 1. Germany
3
2
1
0
11-1
7
 2. Ireland
3
1
2
0
5-2
5
 3. Cameroon
3
1
1
1
2-3
4
 4. Saudi Arabia
3
0
0
3
0-12
0
Group F
 1. Sweden
3
1
2
0
4-3
5
 2. England
3
1
2
0
5-4
5
 3. Argentina
3
1
1
1
4-5
4
 4. Nigeria
3
0
1
2
0-3
1
Saudi Arabia
Cameroon
Cameroon
Germany
Germany
Ireland
0-3
0-2
1-0
1-1
8-0
1-1
Ireland
Germany
Saudi Arabia
Ireland
Saudi Arabia
Cameroon
Nigeria
Sweden
Argentina
Sweden
Argentina
England
0-0
1-1
0-1
2-1
1-0
1-1
England
Argentina
England
Nigeria
Nigeria
Sweden
  
Group G
 1. Mexico
3
2
1
0
4-2
7
 2. Italy
3
1
1
1
4-3
4
 3. Croatia
3
1
0
2
2-3
3
 4. Ecuador
3
1
0
2
2-4
3
Group H
 1. Japan
3
2
1
0
5-2
7
 2. Belgium
3
1
2
0
6-5
5
 3. Russia
3
1
0
2
4-4
3
 4. Tunisia
3
0
1
2
1-5
1
Ecuador
Mexico
Mexico
Italy
Italy
Croatia
1-0
1-1
2-1
1-2
2-0
0-1
Croatia
Italy
Ecuador
Croatia
Ecuador
Mexico
Belgium
Tunisia
Tunisia
Japan
Russia
Japan
3-2
0-2
1-1
1-0
2-0
2-2
Russia
Japan
Belgium
Russia
Tunisia
Belgium
   

 
- Stand Out Players -

Truth be told, the 2002 World Cup wasn't a classic. The fact that a goalkeeper, Germany's Oliver Kahn, was chosen as player of the tournament obviously says a lot. Still a few players deserve to be mentioned for the strength of their individual performance.

Ronaldo (Brazil)
Whereas the 1998 World Cup had ended in tears for Ronaldo, as he buckled under the pressure and suffered a epileptic fit on the day of the final, the 2002 edition brought him the Golden Boot he had widely been expected to capture four years earlier. Scoring eight goals in total and two in the final, he dispelled any doubts about his multimillion transfer to Real Madrid where he was to become one of the Galácticos. His achievement was all the more remarkable as he had only just recovered from a prolonged period of injury-troubles that had seen him sidelined for almost two and a half years.
Date of Birth: September 22, 1976 (25 years old)
Matches Played: 7 (8 Goals, 0 Assists)
Position
: Striker

Michael Ballack (Germany)
Germany resoundingly silenced their many pre-tournament critics by reaching the final of the 2002 FIFA World Cup. It earned Olivier Kahn the honour of being selected player of the tournament, but the only truly world class player in the German team was playmaker Michael Ballack. That season he had guided his club Bayer Leverkussen to the Champions League final and he was just as instrumental in Germany's unexpected march into the final. Sadly he missed the big match as a yellow card he picked up against South Korea in the semi-final saw him suspended for the final, which effectively ended Germany's chances of causing an ever bigger upset.
Date of Birth: September 26, 1976 (25 years old)
Matches Played: 6 (3 Goals, 4 Assists)
Position: Attacking Midfielder

Ronaldinho (Brazil)
Whereas a number of established stars like Rivaldo, Roberto Carlos en Cafu could be suspected of having past their prime, 22-year old Ronaldo de Assis Moreira emphatically presented himself as a star of the future. Going by the stage name of Ronaldinho, he showed himself a player who in spite of his phenomenal individual skills wasn't above subordinating himself to the team interest. The goal he scored against England in the quater-final was a classic. A red card in the same match saw him missing the semi-final encounter with Turkey, but in the final he was back in the team.
Date of Birth : 21 march 1980 (22 years old)
Matches Played: 6 (2 Goals, 3 Assists)
Position
: Forward


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