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World Cup 2002

World Cup 2002

XVII World Cup Tournament

Due to the climate in Japan and Korea, the tournament was scheduled a month earlier than usual. Many nations went to the World Cup with players who were still recovering from club matches.

Qualification

Participants: 193
Matches: 777
Goals: 2,452

Tournament

Participants: 32
Matches: 64
Goals: 161
Attendance: 2,705,566
MVP: Oliver Kahn

First round

Group A

G W T L GD P
Denmark 3 2 1 0 5-2 7
Senegal 3 1 2 0 5-4 5
Uruguay 3 0 2 1 4-5 2
France 3 0 1 2 0-3 1
31.5.2002 France Senegal 0 – 1
1.6.2002 Uruguay Denmark 1 – 2
6.6.2002 France Uruguay 0 – 0
Denmark Senegal 1 – 1
11.6.2002 Senegal Uruguay 3 – 3
Denmark France 2 – 0

Group B

G W T L GD P
Spain 3 3 0 0 9-4 9
Paraguay 3 1 1 1 6-6 5
South Africa 3 1 1 1 5-5 2
Slovenia 3 0 0 3 2-7 1
2.6.2002 Spain Slovenia 3 – 1
Paraguay South Africa 2 – 2
7.6.2002 Spain Paraguay 3 – 1
8.6.2002 South Africa Slovenia 1 – 0
12.6.2002 Slovenia Paraguay 1 – 3
South Africa Spain 2 – 3

Group C

G W T L GD P
Brazil 3 3 0 0 11-3 9
Turkey 3 1 1 1 5-3 4
Costa Rica 3 1 1 1 5-6 4
China 3 0 0 3 0-9 0
3.6.2002 Brazil Turkey 2 – 1
4.6.2002 China Costa Rica 0 – 2
8.6.2002 Brazil China 4 – 0
9.6.2002 Costa Rica Turkey 1 – 1
13.6.2002 Costa Rica Brazil 2 – 5
Turkey China 3 – 0

Group D

G W T L GD P
South Korea 3 2 1 0 3-2 7
USA 3 1 1 1 5-6 4
Portugal 3 1 0 2 6-4 3
Poland 3 1 0 2 3-7 3
4.6.2002 South Korea Poland 2 – 0
5.6.2002 USA Portugal 3 – 2
10.6.2002 South Korea USA 1 – 1
Portugal Poland 4 – 0
14.6.2002 Portugal South Korea 0 – 1
Poland USA 3 – 1

Group E

G W T L GD P
Germany 3 2 1 0 11-1 9
Ireland 3 1 2 0 5-2 5
Cameroon 3 1 1 1 2-3 4
Saudi Arabia 3 0 0 3 0-12 0
1.6.2002 Ireland Cameroon 1 – 1
Germany Saudi Arabia 8 – 0
5.6.2002 Germany Ireland 1 – 1
6.6.2002 Cameroon Saudi Arabia 1 – 0
11.6.2002 Cameroon Germany 0 – 2
Saudi Arabia Ireland 0 – 3

Group F

G W T L GD P
Sweden 3 1 1 1 4-3 5
England 3 1 2 0 2-1 5
Argentina 3 1 1 1 2-2 4
Nigeria 3 0 1 2 1-3 1
2.6.2002 Argentina Nigeria 1 – 0
England Sweden 1 – 1
7.6.2002 Sweden Nigeria 2 – 1
Argentina England 0 – 1
12.6.2002 Argentina Sweden 1 – 1
Nigeria England 0 – 0

Group G

G W T L GD P
Mexico 3 2 1 0 4-2 7
Italy 3 1 1 1 4-3 4
Croatia 3 1 0 2 2-3 3
Ecuador 3 1 0 2 2-4 3
3.6.2002 Croatia Mexico 0 – 1
Italy Ecuador 2 – 0
8.6.2002 Italy Croatia 1 – 2
9.6.2002 Mexico Ecuador 2 – 1
13.6.2002 Ecuador Croatia 1 – 0
Mexico Italy 1 – 1

Group H

G W T L GD P
Japan 3 2 1 0 5-2 7
Belgium 3 1 2 0 6-5 5
Russia 3 0 1 2 4-4 1
Tunisia 3 0 1 2 1-5 1
4.6.2002 Japan Belgium 2 – 2
5.6.2002 Russia Tunisia 2 – 0
9.6.2002 Japan Russia 1 – 0
10.6.2002 Tunisia Belgium 1 – 1
14.6.2002 Tunisia Japan 0 – 2
Belgium Russia 3 – 2

Second round

15.6.2002 Denmark England 0 – 3
Germany Paraguay 1 – 0
16.6.2002 Spain Rep of Ireland 1 – 1 (3-2)
Sweden Senegal 1 – 2 (Golden Goal)
17.6.2002 Brazil Belgium 2 – 0
Mexico USA 0 – 2
18.6.2002 South Korea Italy 2 – 1 (Golden Goal)
Japan Turkey 0 – 1

Quarter finals

21.6.2002 USA Germany 0 – 1
England Brazil 1 – 2
22.6.2002 Senegal Turkey 0 – 1 (Golden Goal)
Spain South Korea 0 – 0 (5-3)

Semi finals

25.6.2002 Germany South Korea 1 – 0
26.6.2002 Brazil Turkey 1 – 0

Third place

29.6.2002 South Korea Turkey 2 – 3

Final

Germany – Brazil 0 – 2
Time 30.6.2002
Attendance 69,029
Referee Pierluigi Collina (Italy)

 

Germany Brazil
Kahn
Linke
Ramelow
Metzelder
Frings
Schneider
Jeremies (77′ Out)
Hamann
Bode (84′ Out)
Neuville
Klose (73′ Out)

Bierhoff (73′ In)
Asamoah (77′ In)
Ziege (84′ In)

Marcos
Edmilson
Lucio
Roque Junior
Cafu
Kleberson
Gilberto
Carlos
Ronaldinho (85′ Out)
Rivaldo
Ronaldo (90′ Out)

Juninho Paulista (85′ In)
Denilson (90′ In)

The World Cup 2002 final featured two sides which were viewed as unlikely contenders. Both Germany and Brazil did not do well during qualification. Their styles of football were very contrasting too.
The match started off with Germany in charge. As the match went on, Brazil began to enforce their possession game. In the second half, Ronaldo opened the score by finishing a shot that was mishandled by Oliver Kahn. Kahn’s first and last blunder of the tournament proved crucial.
Minutes later, a dummy run by Rivaldo confused the German defense allowing Ronaldo to double the score. Germany tried to counter, but failed to produce a goal without their star player Ballack who was out due to suspension.

Germany's team captain and goalkeeper Oliver Kahn watches as Brazil's forward Ronaldo attacks during the final match of the 2002 FIFA World Cup

Updated: July 1, 2016
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