2002 – South Korea/Japan

World Cup 2002 Final

The Brazilian team – 2002 World Cup champion

World Cup 2002 Facts

World Cup 2002 Poster

2002 World Cup poster

  • Date: 31 May – 30 July
  • Final: Germany – Brazil 0-2
  • 3rd place: South Korea – Turkey 2-3
  • Teams: 32
  • Stadiums: 20
  • Host cities: 20
  • Matches played: 64
  • Goals: 161
  • Attendance: 2,705,197
  • Top scorer: Ronaldo (Brazil) (8 goals)

World Cup 2002 Background

The 3rd millennium has started in 2001. This probably contributed to a decision that was made on May 31 1996 in Zürich. On that day FIFA decided the 17th World Cup would be hosted in continent Asia. Never in World Cup history a World Cup was hosted in a continent outside Europe, South America or North/Central America. This was not the only unique aspect of the 17th World Cup. Also for the first time in World Cup history, 2 countries would host the 2002 World Cup together: South Korea and Japan.

Initially 3 countries showed interest in hosting the 2002 World Cup and placed a bid. The countries were South Korea, Japan and Mexico. Shortly before the announcement about who would host the World Cup, South Korea and Japan united their bids. As a result FIFA voted unanimously for this special bid.

Another interesting aspect, was the fact that back in 1996 when the announcement was made, Japan never qualified for a World Cup yet. They would however qualify for the 1998 World Cup. Only 2 other countries have been awarded a World Cup without ever having qualified for one. They are Italy which hosted the 1934 World Cup and Qatar which will (probably) host the 2022 World cup.

World Cup 2002 Background

10 host cities in South Korea

World Cup 2002 Background

10 host cities in Japan

World Cup 2002 Participants

For the 2002 World Cup 199 countries tried to qualify. Only 29 of the 32 places were available since both Japan and South Korea qualified automatically as host countries. France qualified automatically since they won the previous World Cup. This would be the last time however, that the previous World Cup winner would automatically qualify for a World Cup.

13 places for Europe excluding France were allocated to the following countries: Denmark, Spain, Slovenia, Turkey, Portugal, Poland, Germany, Sweden, England, Italy, Croatia, Belgium and Russia. Slovenia qualified for the first time since the breakup of Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia in 1992. Turkey qualified for the first time since 1954 and Portugal for the first time since 1986.

5 places for Africa were allocated to the following countries: Senegal, South Africa, Cameroon, Nigeria and Tunisia. Senegal qualified for the first time.

4 places for South America were allocated to the following countries: Paraguay, Ecuador, Brazil and Argentina.  Ecuador qualified for the first time.

3 places for North/Central America and Caribbean were allocated to the following countries: Costa Rica, Mexico and United States.

2 places for Asia excluding South Korea and Japan were allocated to the following countries: China PR and Saudi Arabia. China PR qualified for the first time. South Korea became the first country outside Europe, South America and North/Central America and Caribbean to qualify for the 5th World Cup in a row.

2 intercontinental play-offs had to be played by 4 countries which didn’t qualify directly: UEFA country Republic of Ireland against AFC country Iran and CONMEBOL country Uruguay against OFC country Australia.

Both Republic of Ireland and Uruguay won these play-offs and therefore qualified last minute for the 2002 World Cup.

All 7 World Cup winners so far participated together for the first time: Argentina, Brazil, England, France, Germany, Italy and Uruguay. They have all participated before in the 1986 World Cup but France (France ’98 World Cup champion) wasn’t a World Cup champion yet.

World Cup 2002 Match Ball

2002 World Cup match ball “Fevernova”

World Cup 2002 Groups

The exact same format of the 1998 World Cup was used again. A round-robin format was played meaning all teams in a group had to play against all the other teams in their group. 3 points were rewarded in the group stage for a win, and 1 point for a draw. The last 2 matches per group would be played at the same time.

The 2 best teams per group would advance to the Round of 16 where the knockout stage started. The number 1 team of a group had to play against the number 2 team of another group. If the game ended in a draw, 30 minutes of extra time would have to be played. If the draw continues, the winner would be determined by a penalty shootout. After the Round of 16, teams could advance to the Quarter-Finals and Semi-Finals before reaching the Final.

The 2002 World Cup would already be the last World Cup to use the Golden Goal rule. This was introduced in the previous World Cup in 1998. When a goal was scored in the 30 minutes of extra time, the match ended immediately. The rule was used 3 times in this World Cup and 1 time in the 1998 World Cup.

The 8 seed countries were Argentina, Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, South Korea and Spain. They were kept apart from each other and were placed in different groups.

The groups were as followed:

Group AGroup BGroup CGroup D
South Africa
Costa Rica
China PR
South Korea
United States
Group EGroup FGroup GGroup H
Republic of Ireland
Saudi Arabia
World Cup 2002 Logo

2002 World Cup logo

World Cup 2002 Stadiums

Since 2 countries hosted the 2002 World Cup, the amount of stadiums had to be divided. Both South Korea and Japan used 10 cities and 10 stadiums each, which in total would be a record amount of 20 stadiums to host World Cup matches. The majority of all these stadiums were especially built for the World Cup.

The opening match would be hosted in South Korea, in the Seoul World Cup Stadium. Japan in return would host the Final in the International Stadium Yokohama.

The following 10 cities and 10 stadiums were used in South Korea:

Seoul World Cup Stadium
Location: Seoul
Opened: 2001
Capacity: 64,677
Matches: 3
Status: Also known as Sangam Stadium, is the 2nd largest South Korean stadium and looks like a traditional Korean kite
Daegu World Cup Stadium
Location: Daegu
Opened: 2001
Capacity: 65,857
Matches: 4
Status: Is named Daegu stadium, is also known as Blue Arc and built for the World Cup
Busan Asiad Stadium
Location: Busan
Opened: 2001
Capacity: 54,534
Matches: 3
Status: Is a multi-purpose stadium and was built for the 2002 Asian Games
Incheon Munhak Stadium
Location: Incheon
Opened: 2002
Capacity: 50,324
Matches: 3
Status: Also known as the Muhak Stadium and was specially built for the World Cup
Ulsan Munsu Football Stadium
Location: Ulsan
Opened: 2001
Capacity: 43,512
Matches: 3
Status: Is nicknamed Big Crown Stadium and its shape is that of a skull crown that symbolizes Silla and Bangudae Petroglyphs
Suwon World Cup Stadium
Location: Suwon
Opened: 2001
Capacity: 43,188
Matches: 4
Status: Also known as Big Bird Stadium and was specially built for the World Cup
Gwangju World Cup Stadium
Location: Gwangju
Opened: 2001
Capacity: 42,880
Matches: 3
Status: Is also called the Guus Hiddink Stadium since he was the trainer of South Korea which beat Spain in this stadium and therefore advanced to the Semi-Final for the first time
Jeonju World Cup Stadium
Location: Jeonju
Opened: 2001
Capacity: 42,477
Matches: 3
Status: Nicknamed Jeonju Castle and was specially built for the World Cup
Daejeon World Cup Stadium
Location: Daejeon
Opened: 2001
Capacity: 41,000
Matches: 3
Status: Nicknamed Purple Arena and was specially built for the World Cup
Jeju World Cup Stadium
Location: Jeju
Opened: 2001
Capacity: 42,256
Matches: 3
Status: The shape resembles a mouth of a volcano and its roof is in the form of nets of traditional fishing boats in Jeju

The following 10 cities and 10 stadiums were used in Japan:

International Stadium Yokohama
Location: Yokohama
Opened: 1998
Capacity: 72,370
Matches: 4
Status: Is also known as Nissan Stadium and is the biggest stadium in Japan
International Stadium Yokohama
Saitama Stadium 2002
Location: Saitama
Opened: 2001
Capacity: 63,700
Matches: 4
Status: Often called Saisuta and is one of the largest football stadiums in Asia
Shizuoka "Ecopa" Stadium
Location: Shizuoka
Opened: 2001
Capacity: 51,349
Matches: 3
Status: Is mostly used for football and was built for the World Cup
Nagai Stadium
Location: Osaka
Opened: 1964
Capacity: 50,000
Matches: 3
Status: Is an athletic stadium and was renovated in 2007
Miyagi Stadium
Location: Miyagi
Opened: 2000
Capacity: 49,133
Matches: 3
Status: Is an athletic stadium and is known for its distinctive appearance
Ōita Stadium
Location: Ōita
Opened: 2001
Capacity: 43,000
Matches: 3
Status: Is a multi-purpose stadium and has a retractable dome roof
Niigata Stadium
Location: Niigata
Opened: 2001
Capacity: 42,300
Matches: 3
Status: Goes by the name Tohoku Electric Power Big Swan Stadium and is an athletic stadium
Kashima Soccer Stadium
Location: Ibaraki
Opened: 1993
Capacity: 41,800
Matches: 3
Status: Is a football stadium and was expanded in 2001 for the World Cup
Kobe Wing Stadium
Location: Kobe
Opened: 2001
Capacity: 42,000
Matches: 3
Status: Goes by the name Kobe City Misaki Park Stadium and contains a retractable roof
Sapporo Dome
Location: Sapporo
Opened: 2001
Capacity: 42,585
Matches: 3
Status: Mostly used for football and basketball and has a retractable surface

World Cup 2002 Schedule

Group A matches
Date Home Team Results Away Team
31 May France 0:1 (0:1) Senegal
01 June Uruguay 1:2 (0:1) Denmark
06 June France 0:0 Uruguay
06 June Denmark 1:1 (1:0) Senegal
11 June Denmark 2:0 (1:0) France
11 June Senegal 3:3 (3:0) Uruguay
Group A results
TeamPlayedWon DrawLostGoals ForGoals AgainstPoints
Group B matches
Date Home Team Results Away Team
02 June Paraguay 2:2 (1:0) South Africa
02 June Spain 3:1 (1:0) Slovenia
07 June Spain 3:1 (0:1) Paraguay
08 June South Africa 1:0 (1:0) Slovenia
12 June South Africa 2:3 (1:2) Spain
12 June Slovenia 1:3 (1:0) Paraguay
Group B results
TeamPlayedWonDrawLostGoals ForGoals AgainstPoints
South Africa3111554
Group C matches
Date Home Team Results Away Team
03 June Brazil 2:1 (0:1) Turkey
04 June China PR 0:2 (0:0) Costa Rica
08 June Brazil 4:0 (3:0) China PR
09 June Costa Rica 1:1 (0:0) Turkey
13 June Costa Rica 2:5 (1:3) Brazil
13 June Turkey 3:0 (2:0) China PR
Group C results
TeamPlayedWonDrawLostGoals ForGoals AgainstPoints
Costa Rica3111564
China PR3003090
Group D matches
Date Home Team Results Away Team
04 June Korea Republic 2:0 (1:0) Poland
05 June USA 3:2 (3:1) Portugal
10 June Korea Republic 1:1 (0:1) USA
10 June Portugal 4:0 (1:0) Poland
14 June Portugal 0:1 (0:0) Korea Republic
14 June Poland 3:1 (2:0) USA
Group D results
TeamPlayedWonDrawLostGoals ForGoals AgainstPoints
Korea Republic3210417
Group E matches
Date Home Team Results Away Team
01 June Republic of Ireland 1:1 (0:1) Cameroon
01 June Germany 8:0 (4:0) Saudi Arabia
05 June Germany 1:1 (1:0) Republic of Ireland
06 June Cameroon 1:0 (0:0) Saudi Arabia
11 June Cameroon 0:2 (0:0) Germany
11 June Saudi Arabia 0:3 (0:1) Republic of Ireland
Group E results
TeamPlayedWonDrawLostGoals ForGoals AgainstPoints
Republic of Ireland3120525
Saudi Arabia30030120
Group F matches
Date Home Team Results Away Team
02 June England 1:1 (1:0) Sweden
02 June Argentina 1:0 (0:0) Nigeria
07 June Sweden 2:1 (1:1) Nigeria
07 June Argentina 0:1 (0:1) England
12 June Sweden 1:1 (0:0) Argentina
12 June Nigeria 0:0 England
Group F results
TeamPlayedWonDrawLostGoals ForGoals AgainstPoints
Group G matches
Date Home Team Results Away Team
03 June Croatia 0:1 (0:0) Mexico
03 June Italy 2:0 (2:0) Ecuador
08 June Italy 1:2 (0:0) Croatia
09 June Mexico 2:1 (1:1) Ecuador
13 June Mexico 1:1 (1:0) Italy
13 June Ecuador 1:0 (0:0) Croatia
Group G results
TeamPlayedWonDrawLostGoals ForGoals AgainstPoints
Group H matches
Date Home Team Results Away Team
04 June Japan 2:2 (0:0) Belgium
05 June Russia 2:0 (0:0) Tunisia
09 June Japan 1:0 (0:0) Russia
10 June Tunisia 1:1 (1:1) Belgium
14 June Tunisia 0:2 (0:0) Japan
14 June Belgium 3:2 (1:0) Russia
Group H results
TeamPlayedWonDrawLostGoals ForGoals AgainstPoints
Round of 16
Date Home Team Results Away Team
15 June Germany 1:0 (0:0) Paraguay
15 June Denmark 0:3 (0:3) England
16 June Sweden 1:2 a.e.t. (1:1, 1:1) Senegal
16 June Spain 1:1 a.e.t. (1:1, 1:0) 3:2 PSO Republic of Ireland
17 June Mexico 0:2 (0:1) USA
17 June Brazil 2:0 (0:0) Belgium
18 June Japan 0:1 (0:1) Turkey
18 June Korea Republic 2:1 a.e.t. (1:1, 0:1) Italy
Date Home Team Results Away Team
21 June England 1:2 (1:1) Brazil
21 June Germany 1:0 (1:0) USA
22 June Spain 0:0 a.e.t. 3:5 PSO Korea Republic
22 June Senegal 0:1 a.e.t. Turkey
Date Home Team Results Away Team
25 June Germany 1:0 (0:0) Korea Republic
26 June Brazil 1:0 (0:0) Turkey
Third place
Date Home Team Results Away Team
29 June Korea Republic 2:3 (1:3) Turkey
Date Home Team Results Away Team
30 June Germany 0:2 (0:0) Brazil

World Cup 2002 Memorable Matches

Group Matches

Group A

France – Senegal 0-1
Seoul World Cup Stadium, Seoul – attendance: 62,561

France showed an excellent performance 4 years earlier and earned the FIFA World Cup trophy. But 4 years later they would end up playing 1 of their worst World Cups ever. 0 goals were scored in the group matches and France finished last in Group A. France drew the match against Uruguay and lost the 2 other matches. Their first shocking loss was against Senegal. Senegal played their first World Cup and surprised the world by scoring the winning goal in the first half. Bouba Diop was the goal scorer. The Senegalese players celebrated the first 2002 World Cup goal famously by moving around Diop’s jersey and with some dancing. Senegal drew the 2 other matches against Denmark and Uruguay. Both Senegal and Denmark advanced to the Round of 16.

Group B

Spain – Paraguay 3-1
Jeonju World Cup Stadium, Jeonju – attendance: 24,000

Spain easily survived the group stage and topped the group.  In each match they have scored 3 goals. In this match against Paraguay only Spanish players have scored a goal. The match started with an early goal for Paraguay, but this was an own goal by defender Carles Puyol. In the 2nd half the 3 goals for Spain were scored by Fernando Morientes (2x) and Fernando Hierro. Paraguay did advance, but they were very close to become eliminated. South Africa had the same amount of points and goal difference as Paraguay had. But the difference was that Paraguay scored 1 more goal in the group stage than South Africa, which resulted in reaching the next round.

Group C

Brazil – Turkey 2-1
Munsu Cup Stadium, Ulsan – attendance: 33,842

As with Spain, Brazil had no trouble reaching the 2nd round. At least 4 goals have been scored against China PR and Costa Rica. The toughest match was against Turkey. Hasan Şaş scored the first goal of the match in the first half. Ronaldo scored the equalizer and Rivaldo scored a penalty 3 minutes before full time. Rivaldo however was involved in a controversial accident. Turkish defender Hakan Ünsal kicked the ball to Rivaldo who was waiting at the corner flag for a corner. The ball reached his thigh but Rivaldo suddenly fell to the ground grabbing his face. It was obvious though the ball didn’t even come near his face. But the referee gave Hakan Ünsal his 2nd yellow card and was sent off. Brazil won but both countries eventually advanced. They would meet each other again later in the tournament. Turkey advanced, but only because of the goal difference rule. Costa Rica had the exact amount of points as Turkey.

Group D

USA – Portugal 3-2
Suwon World Cup Stadium, Suwon – attendance: 37,306

This match was 1 of the 2002 World Cup surprises. Portugal had known players such as Rui Costa, Luís Figo, João Pinto and Portugal’s current trainer Paulo Bento. It was highly expected from Portugal to survive the group stage, but this didn’t happen. Their first surprising loss was against USA. American midfielder John O’Brien scored for USA where 25 minutes later Portuguese Jorge Costa scored an own goal. both American Brian McBride and Portuguese Beto scored for their countries which ended the first half in 3-1. In the 2nd half it was American defender Jeff Agoos who scored an own goal. This is so far the only World Cup match where 2 own goals have been scored. No goals were scored after that. The United States won and would end up being 2nd of the group. Portugal lost the match against South Korea as well and became eliminated. South Korea topped the group and was about to play 2 controversial matches of the tournament.

Memorable celebration by Ahn Jung-Hwan (South Korea – USA 1-1)

Ahn Jung-Hwan celebrated his equalizer memorably in the match against USA by imitating a speed skater. He referred to the controversial disqualification of Korean short track speed skater Kim Dong-Sung in the 1500 metres at the 2002 Winter Olympics. This allowed American Apolo Ohno to win the gold medal.

Group E

Germany – Saudi Arabia 8-0
Sapporo Dome, Sapporo – attendance: 32,218

Germany started the tournament with an impressive victory: 8-0 against Saudi Aurabia. The good results of the 1994 World Cup haven’t been improved yet by Saudi Aurabia. They never advanced to a next round after USA ’94. In the 2002 World Cup 0 goals have been scored. All 8 goals came from Germany. Miroslav Klose scored a hat-trick with his head! The was the 2nd and last time so far in World Cup history 3 headers have been in scored by a player in 1 match! Other players who have scored are Michael Ballack, Carsten Jancker, Thomas Linke, Oliver Bierhoff and Bernd Schneider. Germany topped the group and advanced together with Republic of Ireland. Irish player Robbie Keane became the only player together with Brazilian Ronaldo (2x), to have scored a goal against Germany. Yes, Oliver Kan has been beaten only 3 times in total in this World Cup.

Group F (Group of Death)

Argentina – England 0-1
Sapporo Dome, Sapporo – attendance: 35,927

As was the case with France, Argentina played 1 of their worst World Cups in 2002. Argentina only won the first match against Nigeria. In this match where the rivals England and Argentina played each other, it was England which was finally able to defeat Argentina. David Beckham scored the only goal which was a penalty. The last time England was able to defeat Argentina in a World Cup was back in 1966. In the 1986 and 1998 World Cups, Argentina ended up being the winner. In comparison to previous encounters, this match didn’t include that bitterness that affected the 1966, 1986 and 1998 encounters. This was the last time so far Argentina and England met in a World Cup. England advanced with Sweden, but both had equal amount of points and goal difference. Sweden did score more goals than England which resulted in topping Group F. Argentina was eliminated in the first round. The last time this happened to Argentina was back in 1962.

Memorable celebration by Julius Aghahowa (Nigeria – Sweden 1-2)

Group G

Mexico – Italy 1-1
Ōita Big Eye Stadium, Ōita – attendance: 39,291

Mexico ended up topping the group. Mexico was the only country which didn’t lose a group match. This match against Italy was their only draw. Jared Borgetti scored the first goal of the match for Mexico. Alessandro Del Piero scored for Italy 5 minutes before full time. Although Italy lost against Croatia, they did advance to the Round of 16 with Mexico. Croatia was unrecognizable in comparison to the powerful Croatian team of 1998. In this World Cup they managed to lose 2 matches against Mexico and Ecuador.

Group H

Japan – Belgium 2-2
Saitama Stadium, Saitama – attendance: 55,256

Japan played a better World Cup than 4 years earlier. Japan didn’t lose a single group match. In this match against Belgium the score ended in a draw. The 4 goals were scored in the 2nd half in a time span of less than 20 minutes. Belgian midfielder Marc Wilmots scored the 1-0. Takayuki Suzuki responded 2 minutes later with Japan’s first goal. Junichi Inamoto scored the 2-1 8 minutes later. Then again 8 minutes later Belgian left back Peter Van Der Heyden scored the final goal of the match. Belgium finished 2nd and advanced to the next round. Host country Japan topped the group and reached the Round of 16 together with the other host country South Korea of Group D. This was the first time Japan reached the Round of 16.

Round of 16

Sweden – Senegal 1-2
Ōita Stadium, Ōita – attendance: 39,747

Senegal already surprised the world by defeating France and by advancing to the next round. But again they pulled of something no one would expect. They defeated Sweden and advanced to the Quarter-Final. Swedish striker Henrik Larsson scored the first goal and striker Henri Camara scored for Senegal. In the 2nd half no goals were scored, resulting in extra time. It was Henri Camara again who scored, but this time it was a Golden Goal. Sweden was immediately eliminated and Senegal advanced to the Quarter-Final for the first time. They became the 2nd country to have accomplished this after Cameroon in 1990.

Spain – Republic of Ireland 1-1 (3-2)
Suwon World Cup Stadium, Suwon – attendance: 38,926

For a long time it seemed Spain would go to the Semi-Final. Fernando Morientes scored in the 8th minute of the match. The 1-0 score didn’t change until the very last minute. Republic of Ireland was awarded a penalty in the 90th minute and was taken successfully by Robbie Keane. Suddenly extra time had to be played but 0 goals were scored. The first of only 2 penalty shootouts had to be taken. Although Republic of Ireland had the advantage of higher level of euphoria due to their last minute goal, they lost. Only Robbie Keane and Steve Finnan  scored their penalties. Matt Holland, David Connolly and Kevin Kilbane missed. Fernando Hierro, Rubén Baraja and Gaizka Mendieta scored for Spain. Only Juanfran and Juan Valerón missed. Spain advanced to play against South Korea.

Mexico – USA 0-2
Jeonju World Cup Stadium, Jeonju – attendance: 36,380

Rivals Mexico and USA encountered each other for the first time in World Cup history. Mexico played a more successful group stage than USA so it was expected for USA to lose this Round of 16. But the match didn’t go as planned for Mexico. They were unable to score any goals. American forwards Brian McBride and Landon Donovan scored the only goals of the match. For the 3rd time in a row Mexico couldn’t survive the Round of 16 stage. Unfortunately for Mexico, they haven’t played a Quarter Final yet since 1986. USA had reason to celebrate, this is the first time in World Cup history they reached a Quarter-Final. They did reach the Semi-Final in the very first World Cup back in 1930, but in that World Cup there was no Quarter-Final stage.

South Korea – Italy 2-1
Daejeon World Cup Stadium, Daejeon – attendance: 38,588

A highly controversial match was the Round of 16 match South Korea against Italy. The mistakes which were made by referee Byron Moreno were so controversial, Italian players like striker Francesco Totti and coach Giovanni Trapattoni suggested a conspiracy to eliminate Italy from the tournament. It started with a controversial penalty awarded to South Korea which was missed by Ahn Jung-Hwan. Italian striker Christian Vieri scored an early goal later in the match. Only in 2 minutes before full time, striker Seol Ki-Hyeon scored the equalizer. Extra time had to be played. Italian Damiano Tommasi scored a Golden Goal but this was controversially ruled offside. Another controversial decision by the referee was giving Francesco Totti his 2nd yellow card in extra time since he supposedly dived. 3 minutes before extra time would end, striker Ahn Jung-Hwan scored the Golden Goal: a powerful header. Italy was against all expectations immediately eliminated. References were even made to the infamous 1966 World Cup match Italy against North Korea which Italy lost with 1-0. This time South Korea advanced to the Quarter-Finals.


England – Brazil 1-2
Shizuoka Stadium, Shizuoka – attendance: 47,436

In this exciting match free kick specialist Ronaldinho became the hero of the match. English striker Michael Owen did score the first goal of the match due to a mistake by defender Lúcio, but this ended up being the last for England. Rivaldo equalized in injury time of the first half. 5 minutes in the 2nd half, Ronaldinho took a free kick from a very long distance and surprisingly ended up in the net. Goalkeeper David Seaman was not standing in the right position so it was to late to stop the ball. This became the last goal of the match and Brazil entered the Semi-Final. David Seaman blamed himself for losing to Brazil and missing out the rest of the tournament.

Spain – South Korea 0-0 (3-5)
Gwangju World Cup Stadium, Gwangju – attendance: 42,114

Another controversial match was against Spain. 0 goals were scored by both teams in normal and extra time. However 2 goals were controversially disallowed in normal time. The first was a free kick by Javier de Pedro. The 2nd was Joaquín giving a high pass to Fernando Morientes who scored with a header. The referee thought the ball already crossed the corner line before the given pass but it wasn’t. After 120 minutes the penalty shootout had to decide who advances to the Semi-Final for the very first time. Although Spain did make it to the last round of the 1950 World Cup. After Spain having won the penalty shootout against Republic of Ireland in their previous match, they failed this time. Every South Korean penalty taker scored their penalty successfully. They were Hwang Sun-Hong, Park Ji-Sung, Seol Ki-Hyeon, Ahn Jung-Hwan and Hong Myung-Bo. From Spain Fernando Hierro, Rubén Baraja and Xavi scored a penalty. Joaquín Sánchez missed. Since the last penalty taker Hong Myung-Bo from South Korea scored, the winner was decided. South Korea became the first Asian country in World Cup history to advance to the Semi-Finals. Regarding the controversial decisions in this match and the match between South Korea and Italy, FIFA president Sepp Blatter always denied pro-South Korea conspiracies.


Germany – South Korea 1-0
Seoul World Cup Stadium, Seoul – attendance: 65,256

Although previous matches including South Korea are considered as very controversial, South Korea’s chances of becoming world champion ended here. But it was a close call. Only 1 goal decided the outcome of the match. This goal was scored by German midfielder Michael Ballack. No controversial decisions have been made in this match. South Korea had to play the match for the third place and Germany advanced to the Final.

Brazil – Turkey 1-0
Saitama Stadium, Saitama – attendance: 61,058

For a 2nd time they met again. This was the moment for Turkey to revenge themselves for their loss. Turkey lost their first encounter due to a last minute penalty scored by Rivaldo. But in this match Turkey had trouble defeating Brazil again. Only 1 goal was scored by Brazilian striker Ronaldo. Brazil advanced to the Final just like in France ’98. Turkey would play a memorable match for the third place against South Korea.

Match for the third place

South Korea – Turkey 2-3
Daegu World Cup Stadium, Daegu – attendance: 63,483

Both Turkey and South Korea never played a Semi-Final or match for the third place before. In overall this match was played harmonious were Turkey ended up being the winner. The match started with the quickest goal scored in World Cup history. Turkish striker Hakan Şükür scored in the first minute of the match. South Korean midfielder Lee Eul-Yong equalized 9 minutes later. Turkish striker İlhan Mansız  scored the 1-2 4 minutes later and the 1-3 in the 32nd minute. The 1-3 score remained for the majority of the 2nd half. Only in the last minutes of injury time, Song Chong-Gug scored the 2nd goal for South Korea. Turkey won the match, but at the end this didn’t matter much. Both countries showed an excellent performance and ended the World Cup by walking together as 1, honouring the crowd. South Korea trainer Guus Hiddink from the Netherlands also became the center of attention. South Korea became the first non-European and non-American country to have made it to a World Cup Semi-Final. So this alone was a unique and legendary achievement already.

World Cup 2002 Final

Brazil and Germany:  the most successful teams in World Cup history. Both teams made it to a World Cup Final several times, but this was the first time they encountered each other in World Cup history! They both have played 7 World Cup Finals in total.

After Brazil’s loss of the 1998 World Cup Final, they once again have a chance to become the first country to win 5 World Cups. Brazilian captain and player Cafu has the honour of being the only player so far to have played 3 World Cup Finals (1994, 1998, 2002). Brazil had a smooth road to the Final where every match of the World Cup was won.

World Cup 2002 Final

The 2002 Brazilian team

After 12 years Germany managed to reach the Final again. This was the first time Germany reached the Final as Germany instead of West Germany. They won most 2002 World Cup matches, including a remarkable 8-0 win in their first match against Saudi Arabia. They drew however against the Republic of Ireland (1-1). A crucial player who would miss the Final was Michael Ballack. He received his first yellow card against Paraguay and his 2nd against South Korea.

On the 30th of June, the Final was held in the International Stadium Yokohama in Japan with an attendance of 69,029. Due to an excellent collaboration between Ronaldo and Rivaldo, Brazil scored in total 2 goals and both were scored by Ronaldo in the 67th and 79th minute. With the first goal, German goalkeeper Oliver Kahn made a mistake by not holding on the ball after Rivaldo’s shot. This resulted in Ronaldo scoring the first goal.

World Cup 2002 Final

Ronaldo scores his first goal in the Final

Brazil became the first country to win a World Cup 5 times and is to date the most successful country in World Cup history. Ronaldo became top scorer with 8 goals scored in the tournament. The trauma from the 1998 World Cup Final was finally over.

World Cup 2002 Final

Ronaldo got finally rid of his 1998 World Cup demons

After Germany’s loss, they have the unfortunate record of having lost a World Cup Final 4 times.

World Cup 2002 Final

Cafu the captain holding the World Cup trophy

World Cup 2002 Final

Brazil = Yellow (Coach: Luiz Felipe Scolari)
Germany = White (Coach: Rudi Völler)

World Cup 2002 Mascot

World Cup 2002 Mascot

2002 World Cup mascot Ato (orange), Kaz (purple) and Nik (blue): The Spheriks

The 2002 World Cup mascot was different and unique in many ways in comparison with the previous mascots. After 2 animal mascots of the 1994 and 1998 World Cups, a fantasy character was introduced like Ciao the 1990 World Cup mascot. Not only was it a fantasy character, the mascot contained a total of 3 fantasy characters and was created by futuristic computer-generated animation. The 3 characters go by the names Ato (orange), Kaz (purple) and Nik (blue) and together they are called the Spheriks. The names were chosen through a vote by football fans from around the world at McDonald’s restaurants in South Korea and Japan. Another unique aspect of the mascot was the detailed story that involved the Spheriks. They live high in the sky on planet Atmozone where they are members of the Atmos team of a fictional sport called Atmoball or Spherikball. Ato is the coach and Kaz and Nik are the key players. Their mission is to create a unique and wonderful atmosphere in the 2002 World Cup.  Another unique aspect was the fact the mascot didn’t relate much to the host countries. No colours or attributes could be connected to the host countries. A connection could be the fact that Asia is known for its animation and enchanting ancient myths, characters and stories. In a 2008 FIFA.com poll, The Spheriks took the last place with 12.48% of the most popular World Cup mascot of the last 5 World Cups before South Africa 2010 (1990 – 2006). The Spheriks did become popular during the World Cup and even had their own series consisting of 26 episodes. See below the intro.

World Cup 2002 Songs

As has been introduced in the 1998 World Cup, the 2002 World Cup contained an official anthem. The name is simply Anthem and is produced by famous Greek ‘Conquest of Paradise’ and ‘Chariots of Fire’ composer Vangelis. Anthem is mixed by Japanese composer and producer Takkyu Ishino and has therefore that electronic up-tempo beat. This beat is perfectly suitable, emphasizing on the hype, adrenaline and sensation of an epic World Cup.

The official 2002 World Cup song was a very different type of production in comparison to the anthem and is called Boom. Boom is performed by American singer-songwriter Anastacia. She performed this English song at the opening ceremony of the World Cup. The music video shows legendary moments in World Cup history.

There was another popular song which is also considered as an official World Cup 2002 song. The name is Let’s Get Together Now and is performed by supergroup Voice of Korea/Japan. From South Korea singers Lena Park and Brown Eyes participated, and from Japan singer Sowelu and pop duo Chemistry participated. There exists a Japanese version and a South Korean version, but it is the mixed version that is the tune of the 2002 World Cup. Let’s Get Together Now was also performed at the opening and closing ceremony and has proven to be pretty popular.

World Cup 2002 Records

  • 4 countries qualified for the first time: China, Ecuador, Senegal and Slovenia
  • First time Slovenia qualified since the breakup of Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia in 1992
  • First World Cup to be hosted in the continent Asia
  • First and only World Cup so far that has been hosted in 2 countries
  • Brazil is the only country so far to have won 5 World Cups
  • Brazil became the only team since Argentina in the 1986 World Cup to win the World Cup without playing extra time and penalty shootouts
  • Brazil became the 2nd country to play 3 consecutive World Cup Finals (1994, 1998, 2002)
  • 2nd time Brazil won every match before winning the Final (first time: 1970)
  • 6th and last time so far a team has won every match before winning the Final
  • South Korea became the first country outside Europe, South America and North/Central America to qualify for the 5th World Cup in a row
  • A low record amount of only 2 penalty shootouts have been taken in this World Cup since the Round of 16 made its introduction in the 1986 World Cup
  • First time teams from Europe, South America, North America, Asia and Africa reached together the Quarter-Finals
  • A record amount of stadiums were used in this World Cup: 20 of them
  • Brazilian captain and player Cafu is the first and only player so far to have played 3 World Cup Finals (1994, 1998, 2002)
  • France is the 3rd country which didn’t make it to the 2nd round after having won the previous World Cup
  • Germany has the record of having lost a World Cup Final 4 times
  • Turkish player Hakan Şükür scored the fastest goal in World Cup history: 11 seconds after the match for the third place kick-off against South Korea
  • The quickest yellow card in World Cup history which was given to a substitute was South Korean player Cha Du-Ri, who came in the first round match against Poland during injury time and was booked only after 20 seconds
  • The group match USA – Portugal (3-2) is the first and only World Cup match so far where 2 own goals have been scored (by Jorge Costa and Jeff Agoos)
  • Argentinian player Claudio Caniggia is the only player in World Cup history to have received the red card from the bench (for cursing at the referee in the match against Sweden)
  • Germany player Miroslav Klose scored a hat-rick only with his head against Saudi Arabia (8-0), this has happened before only once in World Cup history, where in 1990 Czechoslovakia player Tomáš Skuhravý scored 3 times with the head against Costa Rica (4-1)
  • German keeper Oliver Kahn is the only keeper in World Cup history to have won the Golden Ball
  • Brazilian striker Ronaldo is the 3rd and last player so far to have won a Golden Ball (1998) and a Silver Ball (2002) (after the Golden/Silver Ball were retrospectively awarded)
  • 3 matched ended due to the Golden Goal rule: Senegal – Sweden (2-1), South Korea – Italy (2-1) and Turkey – Senegal (1-0)
  • Italian player Paolo Maldini (1990-2002) ranks 2nd in most matches played in World Cups: (23) after German Lothar Matthäus who played 25 in total

  • China coach Bora Milutinovic (from Yugoslavia) is the first person to have coached 5 different countries in a World Cup (Mexico in 1986, Costa Rica in 1990, USA in 1994, Nigeria in 1998 and China in 2002). Only China didn’t make it to the next round
  • China coach Bora Milutinovic is the only coach so far to have taken 4 different teams beyond the first round in a World Cup
  • Japan was the 2nd country to be chosen as a host country while never having played a World Cup before

Did You Know

  • Last World Cup that used the Golden Goal rule
  • Last World Cup where the previous World Cup winner was automatically qualified
  • Teams were now allowed to include 23 players instead of 22, but 3 keepers had to be included
  • All the 7 World Cup winners participated together: Argentina, Brazil, England, France, Germany, Italy and Uruguay
  • Last World Cup so far where the previous World Cup winner played the very first match
  • Germany and Brazil encountered each other for the first time in the Final
  • Brazilian player Ronaldo changed his hairstyle during the World Cup since his then young son thought player Roberto Carlos was his dad when seeing him on television, the new look had to avoid such confusion
  • Cameroon players initially wanted to play with sleeveless shirts as has been done during the 2002 Africa Cup of Nations which they won, but this was not allowed by  the FIFA Laws of the Game
  • 1994 Brazilian World Cup player Romario was considered to play the 2002 World Cup, but wasn’t selected due to indiscipline
  • Nigerian striker Julius Aghahowa celebrated his goal memorably in the match against Sweden by performing 6 perfect backflips
  • South Korean striker Ahn Jung-Hwan celebrated his equalizer memorably in the match against USA by imitating a speed skater, referring to the controversial disqualification of Korean short track speed skater Kim Dong-Sung in the 1500 metres at the 2002 Winter Olympics, allowing American Apolo Ohno to win the gold medal
  • Irish key player Roy Keane was sent home since he was not satisfied with the facilities and general preparation, and because he got into a serious fight with then Ireland’s coach Mick McCarthy stating he was a shit player and a shit manager, and said the infamous words “You can stick it up your bollocks”
  • Senegalese midfielder Khalilou Fadiga was accused of stealing a necklace from a jewelry shop in South Korea, but the Korean Police dropped charges at the request of the shop owner who displayed the necklace worth US$240 in his shop window calling it Fadiga’s necklace
  • The then 2 weakest teams in the world Bhutan and Montserrat, played a match ‘The Other Final’ against each other a couple of hours before the 2 strongest teams would play against each other in the ‘real’ 2002 World Cup Final (Bhutan won with 4-0)
  • There were issues with the ticket sales, many matches contained empty seats and it appeared the World Cup Ticketing Bureau had many unsold tickets in possession which were then sold over the phone and internet
  • English player Steven Gerrard missed this World Cup because of ongoing groin problems
  • The name of the match ball Fevernova, was unlike other Adidas World Cups balls not related to the host country, the name emphasizes on being a star in the World Cup
  • Fevernova match ball introduced a unique design, 2 enlarged triads with the colours grey, red and gold and resemble with the shuriken, a Japanese weapon
  • Fevernova match ball was not traditional white, but more of a champagne colour
  • The design and colours on the Fevernova are based on Asian culture
  • Fevernova match ball featured a refined syntactic foam layer, to give the ball superior performance characteristics, and a three-layer knitted chassis allowing for a more precise and predictable flight path
  • Fevernova match ball was criticized for being to light was blamed for a number of upsets that happened in the knockout stages

World Cup 2002 FIFA Awards

  • Golden Ball: Oliver Kahn (Germany)
  • Silver Ball: Ronaldo (Brazil)
  • Bronze Ball: Hong Myung-Bo (South Korea)
  • Golden Boot: Ronaldo (Brazil) (8 goals)
  • Silver Boot: Miroslav Klose (Germany), Rivaldo (Brazil) (5 goals)
  • Bronze Boot: Jon Dahl Tomasson (Denmark), Christian Vieri (Italy) (4 goals)
  • Best Young Player Award: Landon Donovan (20 years old) (USA)
  • FIFA Fair Play Trophy: Belgium
  • Yashin Award: Oliver Kahn (Germany)
  • Most Entertaining Team: South Korea
World Cup 2002 FIFA Awards

Oliver Kahn (Germany)

World Cup 2002 FIFA Awards

Ronaldo (Brazil)


World Cup 2002 FIFA All-Star Team

3 countries are included for the first time: Turkey, South Korea and Senegal. This is the first and last time Asian players are included in an All-Star Team. Senegal would be the last African country so far to be included as well. USA was finally included again after their inclusion in the 1930 FIFA All-Star Team. For USA it is also the last time so far to be included. Brazilian players Ronaldo, Roberto Carlos and Rivaldo were for the 2nd time included.

Oliver Kahn (Germany)
Rüştü Reçber (Turkey)
Roberto Carlos (Brazil)
Sol Campbell (England)
Fernando Hierro (Spain)
Hong Myung-Bo (South Korea)
Alpay Özalan (Turkey)
Rivaldo (Brazil)
Ronaldinho (Brazil)
Michael Ballack (Germany)
Claudio Reyna (USA)
Yoo Sang-Chul (South Korea)
Ronaldo (Brazil)
Miroslav Klose (Germany)
El Hadji Diouf (Turkey)
Hasan Şaş (Turkey)

World Cup 2002 in Action

2002 FIFA World Cup Intro

World Cup 2002 Highlights

FIFA World Cup 2002 – Top 10 Super Skills

World Cup 2002 Top 10 Goals

All the Goals of Korea & Japan ’02 Part 1

All the Goals of Korea & Japan ’02 Part 2

Anastacia performing Boom live at FIFA World Cup

Korea Japan 2002 WC Opening Ceremony – 1/3

Korea Japan 2002 WC Opening Ceremony – 2/3

Korea Japan 2002 WC Opening Ceremony – 3/3

Seven Games from Glory – Official 2002 World Cup Movie (in Portuguese)

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