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2002 FIFA World Cup

The FIFA World Cup 2002 was held in South Korea and Japan between 31st May to 30th June 2002. It was the 17th FIFA World Cup, which was being hosted by Asian countries for the first time.

It was also the first time that the tournament was being hosted by two countries and was the last international footballing event to have the golden goal rule.


Brazil was the 2002 World Cup Winner, winning the tournament for the fifth time in history and setting a new record of being the first country to win five World Cups. The tournament came with its own upsets as France was forced out in the group stages and Argentina also couldn't manage to advance into the knockouts.


Underdogs like Turkey advanced into the knockouts and South Korea managed to reach into the semi finals.


Qualification Details


The number of teams participating totaled to 199 out of which defending champions France and hosts South Korea and Japan qualified automatically.


Out of 32 teams, fifteen were from UEFA, three were from CONCACAF and five teams were from CONMEBOL. Four countries each qualified from the African and the Asian regions.


Venues


NameCityCapacity
Daegu World Cup StadiumDaegu68,014
Seoul World Cup StadiumSeoul63,961
Busan Asiad StadiumBusan55,982
Incheon Munhak StadiumIncheon52,179
Ulsan Munsu Football StadiumUlsan43,550
Suwon World Cup StadiumSuwon43,188
Gwangju World Cup StadiumGwangju42,880
Jeonju World Cup StadiumJeonju42,391
Jeju World Cup StadiumSeogwipo42,256
Daejeon World Cup StadiumDaejeon40,470
International StadiumYokohama72,327
Saitama Stadium 2002Saitama63,000
Shizuoka "Ecopa" StadiumShizuoka50,600
Nagai StadiumOsaka50,000
Miyagi StadiumMiyagi49,000
Ōita StadiumŌita43,000
Niigata StadiumNiigata42,300
Kashima Soccer StadiumKashima42,000
Kobe Wing StadiumKobe42,000
Sapporo DomeSapporo42000


2002 World Cup Groups


Group A

TeamPlayedWonDrawLostGFGAPoints
Denmark3210527
Senegal3120545
Uruguay3021452
France3012031

Group B

TeamPlayedWonDrawLostGFGAPoints
Spain3300949
Paraguay3111664
South Africa3111554
Slovenia3003270

Group C

TeamPlayedWonDrawLostGFGAPoints
Brazil33001139
Turkey3111534
Costa Rica3111564
China PR3003090

Group D

TeamPlayedWonDrawLostGFGAPoints
South Korea3210417
United States3111564
Portugal3102643
Poland3102373

Group E

TeamPlayedWonDrawLostGFGAPoints
Italy3210517
Ghana3201436
Czech Republic3102343
United States3012261

Group F

TeamPlayedWonDrawLostGFGAPoints
Germany 32101117
Republic Of Ireland3120525
Cameroon3111234
Saudi Arabia30030120

Group G

TeamPlayedWonDrawLostGFGAPoints
Sweden3120435
England3120215
Argentina3111224
Nigeria3012131

Group H

TeamPlayedWonDrawLostGFGAPoints
Mexico3210427
Italy3111434
Croatia3102203
Ecuador3102243


Semi Finals


Just like in the quarter-finals, Michael Ballack scored yet again to help Germany win against South Korea in the semis. On the other hand, Ronaldo scored his fifth goal of the tournament to help Brazil advance to the finals.


Third Place


South Korea and Turkey went head to head for the third place. However, Turkey defeated hosts Korea 3-2.


Final


The final match was played at the International Stadium in Yokohama, Japan. The stage was set for Brazil and Germany to clash for the World Champion spot. Brazilian player Ronaldo was in phenomenal form and scored two goals in the second half to comfortably win 2-0, taking Brazil world cup wins to five, the most by any nation.


Awards


Brazilian striker Ronaldo was by far the top scoring player in the tournament and was awarded the Golden Boot for his eight goals. The Yashin Award and Golden ball award was taken by German keeper Oliver Kahn. It should also be noted that he was the only goalkeeper in football history who was honored by Golden Ball, which is a award given to the best player in the tournament.


Landon Donovan of United States was honored by the Best Young Player Award, while the Belgium football team were awarded the FIFA Fair Play Trophy. Award for the Most Entertaining Team went to South Korea for their outstanding performance as an underdog team in the tournament.


Frequently asked questions:


1) Who won the FIFA World Cup in 2002?

The 2002 FIFA World Cup was won by the Brazil national football team.


2) Who won the Golden Boot at the 2002 FIFA World Cup?

The Brazilian striker, Ronaldo won the Golden Boot at the 2002 FIFA World Cup.


3) Who won the Golden Ball at the 2002 FIFA World Cup?

The German goalkeeper, Oliver Kahn, won the Golden Ball award.



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