The FIFA world cup 2002 was the 17th of it’s kind, which took place from 31 may to 30 June 2002 in Japan and South Korea. The first world cup to be held in Asia. The first world cup to be held in a continent other than Europe or America. Brazil won the tournament for a record fifth time, winning the final against Germany 2-0. The 2005 FIFA confederation cup for the fifth time is Brazil, representing the world. In the third place the play- off match against South Korea, Turkey 3-2 won taking third place in their only second ever FIFA world cups finals.
The total team of 199 in 2002 world cup attempt to qualify with a preliminary draw held in France and co-hosts South Korea and Japan qualified automatically. This was the final world cup in which the defending champions qualified automatically.
The total number of teams that qualified for FIFA world cup 2002 were 32. A total of 64 matches were played between these teams in which 158 goals were scored. The matches took place at the following venues.
1- Seoul world cup stadium 2- Daegu world cup stadium 3- Busan Asiad stadium 4- Incheon Munhak stadium 5- Ulsan Munsu football stadium 6- Suwon world cup stadium 7- Gwangju world cup stadium 8- Jeonju world cup stadium 9- Daejeon world cup stadium 10- Jeju world cup stadium 11- International stadium Yokohama 12-Saitama stadium 13- Shizuoka ” Ecopa” stadium 14- Nagai stadium 15- Miyagi stadium 16- Oita stadium 17- Niigata stadium 18- Kashima soccer stadium 19- Kobe wing stadium 20- Sapporo Dome.
The winner of 2002 FIFA world cup was Brazil for a record fifth time winning the final against Germany 2-0. The victory meant Brazil qualified for the 2005 FIFA confederation cup for the fifth time representing the world.
There were some great matches played during FIFA world cup 2002 like:
Germany vs Brazil (0-2),
England vs Brazil (1-2)
Korea vs ITA (2-1)
The leading goal scorer of world cup 2002 was Ronaldo of Brazil hitting 8 goals in the tournament.