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FIFA WORLDCUP 2002

From May 31 to June 30, the 17th World Cup was held in South Korea and Japan. The World Cup was contested in Asia for the first time, and it was hosted by two countries for the first time. The qualification included a record-breaking 199 countries. In the end, 32 teams will compete in the final tournament (including the three automatically qualified nations – both hosts and reigning champions). For the first time, China, Ecuador, Senegal, and Slovenia competed in the tournament.

Background

South Korea or Japan were not easy choices to host the world’s most prestigious football tournament. Instead of taking the action to a traditional football venue, the decision was mostly motivated by a desire to extend the game into a modern market with billions of people.

Format

The same model was used as in the previous tournament. After a group stage, two teams from each of the eight groups will advance to the knockout round, which would consist of four rounds.

Cities and arenas

Ten stadiums in South Korea and ten stadiums in Japan will host the matches. The final will be held at the International Stadium Yokohama in Yokohama, Japan. This was also the largest stadium in the world (70,000).

Tournament

The French side, who had recently won the World Cup and the European Championship, arrived as one of the favourites. However, injuries to two main players, Zinedine Zidane (who would join the squad in the third game) and Robert Pires, weakened France. The path to another win, on the other hand, will be a major disaster. It all started with the first match against Senegal, a former French colony whose national team was made up of players from French clubs, including those from the second division. Senegal will win, leaving France in last place in the group with just one point and no goals scored.

The loss of France was one of many major disappointments in the FIFA World Cup 2002. Argentina, one of the tournament’s early favourites, did not advance to the knockout round. Argentina had more possessions and corners than any other player, according to the study. Despite this, the squad only managed to score twice, perhaps due to a defensive formation that made them easy to protect against.

Portugal will have the same fate as Argentina, though Italy would be knocked out in the first round by the sensation South Korea.

South Korea will cause the most controversy. They defeated Spain in the Quarter-finals after beating Italy, and the saga concluded with a 0-1 loss in the Semi-finals. The remarkable performance of this previously unknown team will be greeted with a great deal of disappointment. Some believed that the referees had favoured the side, and that the game against Spain, which saw two of Spain’s goals disallowed, would be particularly contentious.

The final will feature the game’s two superpowers, Brazil and Germany, who, oddly enough, had never met in a World Cup match before. Germany was once again in the final despite not having impressed particularly well in the tournament so far, and one of their most important players, Michael Ballack, was stranded in the final.

The final will feature the game’s two superpowers, Brazil and Germany, who, oddly enough, had never met in a World Cup match before. Germany was once again in the final despite not having impressed particularly well in the tournament so far, and one of their most important players, Michael Ballack, was stranded in the final.

In retrospect, one of the lasting impressions was that the great teams and players produced at the predicted stage. One possible explanation is that they were exhausted prior to the tournament’s commencement. The number of matches in the World Cup qualifying tournaments, as well as in the major European club tournaments, has risen. The profits that could be gained from matches with television organisations and those interested promoters was the motivation. The key stars (e.g., the celebrity players) were not necessarily in the best form when it came time for the world’s most important game.

Results

In the semi, France will defeat Brazil 3-0, the largest goal differential in a World Cup final since 1958.

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