World Cup 2002: When football’s biggest party arrived in Asia | Football News

A few big names from previous tournaments missed out, including the Netherlands, Romania, Colombia and Norway.

Host: Japan and Korea
Team: 32
Format: Group stage, knockout
Matches: sixty four
Goal : 161
Winner: Brazil
runner-up: Germany
Gold moundt: Ronaldo (Brazil)


The biggest football league in the world moves to the biggest continent in history for the first time.

When the archival rights entries were announced, Japan and Korea bid separately.

However, they were consulted and agreed to conduct a duly approved joint bid. South Korean tender officials tried to include North Korea in another co-host role to promote unification, but the idea was not approved.

The number of slots available for the main tournament draw was reduced to 29, as co-hosts and defending champions France qualified automatically. Of the remaining slots, two are allocated to Asia, as Saudi Arabia and China qualified for the first time.

Out of Africa’s five, Senegal has a qualifying first time. Ecuador and Slovenia are the other debutants.

A few big names from previous tournaments missed out, including the Netherlands, Romania, Colombia and Norway.

Defending champions France started as favorites alongside Argentina, Brazil, Spain and Italy. However, two of these stumbled early on and failed to make it through to the group stage.

France lost their opening match to Senegal, a former French colony, and several members of their team have played in French leagues. France were then held to a goalless draw by Uruguay, before being eliminated with a 0-2 loss to Denmark.

Argentina has a slightly better result (one win and one draw) in the so-called Group of Death. He avenged the loss four years earlier, thanks to a 1–0 win over the Argentinians.

Brazil and Spain went straight to the knockout stages, winning all three group stage matches. Spain’s impressive streak ended in the quarterfinals, where they faced a powerful host force, South Korea.

Driven by popular support, the host nation has had some controversial decisions coming their way. Their quarter-final match against Spain was played on penalties, which South Korea won 5–3. However, they were stopped by the Germans in the semi-final.

Brazil’s run is fueled by Ronaldo’s return from a career-threatening injury. The star player has scored four goals in the group stage and four in the knockout stages, including two in the final against Germany.

After the 1998 defeat, one of Brazil’s greatest teams lifted the country’s record for the fifth world championship in Yokohama four years later.

high level

The tournament benefits the economies of both host countries.

Ronaldo, dubbed one of Brazil’s greatest players, has finally laid his hands on the World Cup title after a superb performance at the tournament.

Brazil wins every game in normal time.

Miroslav Klose scored a hat-trick with his head in his country’s 8-0 win over Saudi Arabia.

A total of 20 stadiums (10 in each country) were used in the tournament.

Cafu of Brazil became the only player to appear in 3 World Cup finals (1994, 1998, 2002).


The referee’s decisions, especially those regarding South Korea in the knockout stages, have been met with criticism and close scrutiny.

Ireland’s Roy Keane was sent home after expressing dissatisfaction with his team’s facilities and preparation.


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