Football World Cup 2002
The 2002 Football World Cup was held in South Korea and Japan from May 31 to June 30. It was the 17th edition of the tournament. For the first time in history it was organised by two countries, and also for the first time it was not held in Europe or the Americas.
The 2002 edition of the tournament was dedicated to the children of the world.
The tournament featured the unexpected early elimination of many of the best regarded teams, with France and Argentina not surviving the first round and Italy and Spain defeated by the Republic of Korea. Three teams reached the quarter-finals for the first time: Turkey, Senegal and Korea, with Turkey and Korea reaching the semi-finals. In the end, though, the finals saw the all-time World Cup winning country, Brazil, defeat the team with the second-best World Cup record, Germany, 2-0 for their record fifth title.
32 teams qualified and 8 groups of 4 teams were drawn in December 2001. From each group, the two top teams qualified for the second round. Teams that qualified are in italics. Qualification order was determined using the following criteria, in descending order of preference:
- Points (Wins are worth 3 points, draws 1 point, losses 0 points)
- Goal difference (goals for minus goals against)
- Goals for
- Head-to-head result (not needed in 2002)
- Random draw (not needed in 2002)
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2.3 First round3 External link
2.4 Second round
2.5 Top Scorers
2.6 Highest Qualifiers
Each country provided 10 stadia, many of them brand new as they had been built for the tournament.
|Group A||pts||goals||Group B||pts||goals||Group C||pts||goals||Group D||pts||goals|
|Uruguay||2||4-5||S. Africa||4||5-5||C. Rica||4||5-6||Portugal||3||6-4|
|Group E||pts||goals||Group F||pts||goals||Group G||pts||goals||Group H||pts||goals|
Third place play-off
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