2002 World Cup

brazilian squad in the 2002 world cup, including players like kaká, ronaldinho and ronaldo.

Hey, galera! Today we will discuss the 2002 World Cup, the fifth Brazilian title in this tournament. We will check out Brazil’s performance in 2002 (including its World Cup wins), the squad that had players like Ronaldinho, Ronaldo and even the beginner Kaká, and much more!

Brazil World Cup 2002

This was a special edition of the tournament because it was the first time ever that the World Cup was hosted in Asia and also by two different countries at the same time: Japan and South Korea. It was held from May 31st to June 30th, 2002 with its final match hosted by Japan at International Stadium in Yokohama.

Perhaps one of the most interesting things was the opening matches. The opening match was contested between Senegal and defending champions France. It was a historic moment as Senegal, making their World Cup debut, managed to secure a stunning 1-0 victory over the French team. This unexpected result set the tone for a tournament full of surprises and upsets.

The tournament had several unexpected results, which included the defending champions France being eliminated in the group stage without earning a single point and second favorites Argentina, also being eliminated in the group stage. Additionally, the host South Korea managed to reach the semi-finals, beating teams like Spain and Italy on the way through. Let’s not forget the underdog Turkey taking the third place in this edition.

It was for sure a World Cup that put a lot of pressure in the national teams, and we could only breathe a sigh of relief when Brazil finally won!

Groups and Countries

Group AGroup BGroup C
UruguaySouth AfricaCosta Rica
Group DGroup EGroup F
South KoreaGermanySweden
United StatesRepublic of IrelandEngland
PolandSaudi ArabiaNigeria
Group GGroup H

Brazil’s 2002 World Cup Squad

If you are studying Portuguese but don’t remember the football vocabulary in Portuguese, check out our Dica about it here.

2Lateral direitoCafú
4ZagueiroRoque Júnior
5Meio campoEdmílson
6Lateral esquerdoRoberto Carlos
7Meio campoRicardinho
8Meio campoGilberto Silva
13Lateral direitoBelletti
14ZagueiroAnderson Polga
15Meio campoKleberson
16Lateral esquerdoJúnior
18Meio campoVampeta
19MeiaJuninho Paulista
23GoleiroRogério Ceni

Brazil in 2002 and the Road to the Title

The Brazilian Team didn’t have problems to take the first place through the group stage. They also could eliminate Belgium at the round of sixteen and England at the quarter-finals. At the semi-finals they faced Turkey once again since they were at the same group. At the finals, Brazil faced and defeated Germany by 2 x 0 with Ronaldo scoring twice.

This FIFA Word Cup in 2002 was very special for Ronaldo because he was coming from two major knee surgeries that made him stop playing for almost two years. Many people didn’t believe that he could return and play as a high level athlete, but the coach at that time, Felipão, trusted him and in the end Ronaldo proved everybody that Felipão was right. Besides his two goals, he was the tournament’s top scorer with 8 goals.

Ronaldinho was another incredible player that made incredible contributions to the Brazilian team. Ronaldinho most memorable moment in the 2002 World Cup came in the quarterfinal match against England. In that game, played at the Shizuoka Stadium in Japan, Ronaldinho scored a crucial goal that proved to be the match-winner. In the 50th minute, he lofted a long-range free-kick over England’s goalkeeper David Seaman, surprising everyone and finding the back of the net. Brazil won the match 2-1, with Ronaldinho’s goal helping them advance to the semifinals. Check out this amazing goal here.

A young Kaká was also in the squad, but since he had just debut in the Brazilian team, he just played a single match during the 2002 World Cup. Still, the win would set Kaká into international fame, making him play for the next World Cups in the Brazilian squad as well.

Let’s see a video with the goals and the highlights of the final match:

Curiosities about Brazil in 2002

Other players complained about not sleeping because of Ronaldo. Ele ronca muito alto (he snores really loud), they said. Good thing is that Ronaldo could sleep very well, and that’s all that matters.

The player Cafú was the first one ever to play three consecutive World Cup finals (1994/1998/2002), winning two of them, a record that still stands.

Ronaldo scored both goals in the 2002 World Cup final. He also won the Golden Shoe as the tournament’s top scorer.

Ronaldo was also showing off a very particular haircut, which was copied by many children in Brazil.

The 2002 World Cup was the last to feature the “golden goal” rule, where the first team to score in extra time would be declared the winner. This rule was later abolished by FIFA.

South Korea had a remarkable performance in this tournament. They reached the semi-finals, becoming the first Asian team to do so.

Now it’s your turn!

How about a quick exercise? Answer the questions according to the Dica:

  1. Onde foi realizada a Copa do Mundo de 2002?
  2. Por que as pessoas não acreditavam que Ronaldo poderia jogar bem?
  3. Contra qual seleção o Brasil jogou novamente na semi-final?
  4. Contra quem o Brasil jogou a final?
  5. Qual foi o fato interessante envolvendo o jogador Cafú?

That’s it! We learned about the fifth Brazilian World Cup title at the 2002 World Cup, and the whole squad, including Ronaldo, Ronaldinho and Kaká. Stay tuned for more Dicas subscribing at A Dica do Dia or learn more about Rio following us at our Instagram.

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Click on the links below to see more related Dicas
Rio de Janeiro Football Teams
Football Vocabulary in Portuguese
Brazilian Football History


  1. Coréia do Sul e Japão.
  2. Ele teve duas grandes cirurgias no joelho e não sabiam se podia voltar a jogar como antes.
  3. Turquia.
  4. Alemanha.
  5. Foi o primeiro jogador a jogar três finais consecutivas.

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