2002 FIFA World Cup

2002 FIFA World Cup
2002 FIFA 월드컵 한국/일본
2002 FIFA Woldeu Keob Hanguk/Ilbon
2002 FIFAワールドカップ 韓国/日本
2002 FIFA Waarudo Kappu Kankoku/Nippon
2002 FIFA World Cup.svg
2002 FIFA World Cup official logo
Tournament details
Host countriesSouth Korea
Japan
Dates31 May – 30 June
Teams32 (from 5 confederations)
Venue(s)20 (in 20 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Brazil (5th title)
Runners-up Germany
Third place Turkey
Fourth place South Korea
Tournament statistics
Matches played64
Goals scored161 (2.52 per match)
Attendance2,705,197 (42,269 per match)
Top scorer(s)Brazil Ronaldo (8 goals)
Best player(s)Germany Oliver Kahn
Best young playerUnited States Landon Donovan
Best goalkeeperGermany Oliver Kahn
Fair play award Belgium
1998
2006

The 2002 FIFA World Cup was the 17th FIFA World Cup, the quadrennial world championship for men's national football teams organized by FIFA. It was held from 31 May to 30 June 2002 at sites in South Korea and Japan, with its final match hosted by Japan at International Stadium in Yokohama.

A field of 32 teams qualified for this World Cup, which was the first to be held in Asia, the first to be held outside of the Americas or Europe, as well as the first to be jointly-hosted by more than one nation. China, Ecuador, Senegal and Slovenia made their World Cup debuts.

The tournament had several upsets and surprise results, which included the defending champions France being eliminated in the group stage after earning a single point and second favourites Argentina also being eliminated in the group stage. South Korea managed to reach the semi-finals, beating Spain, Italy and Portugal en route. However, the most potent team at the tournament, Brazil, prevailed, winning the final against Germany 2–0, making them the first and only country to have won the World Cup five times.[1] The victory qualified Brazil for the 2003 and subsequently 2005 FIFA Confederations Cups, its fourth and fifth Confederations Cup appearance in a row. In the third place play-off match against South Korea, Turkey won 3–2, taking third place in only their second ever FIFA World Cup.[2]

Host selection

South Korea and Japan were selected as hosts by FIFA on 31 May 1996. Initially, South Korea, Japan and Mexico presented three rival bids. FIFA officials brokered a united bid between the two Asian countries shortly before the decision was made, and they were chosen unanimously in preference to Mexico.[3] This was the first World Cup to be hosted by more than one country, the second being the 2026 World Cup, which will be hosted by the United States, Mexico and Canada. The general secretary of South Korea's bidding committee, Song Young-shik, stated that FIFA was interested in staging some matches in North Korea in order to aid Korean reunification, but it was ruled out.[4]

At the time the decision was made, Japan had never qualified for a World Cup finals (although the Japanese did subsequently qualify for the 1998 competition). The only other countries to have been awarded a World Cup without previously having competed in a final tournament are Italy in 1934 and Qatar in 2022 (Uruguay hosted the first World Cup in 1930 so there was no prior tournament; they were defending Olympic champions from 1928).

The unusual choice of host proved an issue for football fans in Europe, used to watching international matches on or close to their time zone.[5] With games taking place in the European morning, some schools and businesses chose to open late on match days or set up communal watching events before the start of work.[6][7]

Other Languages
العربية: كأس العالم 2002
беларуская (тарашкевіца)‎: Чэмпіянат сьвету па футболе 2002 году
Bahasa Indonesia: Piala Dunia FIFA 2002
Bahasa Melayu: Piala Dunia FIFA 2002
norsk nynorsk: VM i fotball 2002
Simple English: 2002 FIFA World Cup
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: FIFA Svjetsko prvenstvo 2002.