2002 World Cup
This is another 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 were the chosen ones to do so. It was held from May 31st to June 30th, 2002 with its final match hosted by Japan at International Stadium in Yokohama.
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.
Groups and Countries
Republic of Ireland
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 Word Cup 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.
Fun fact is that 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.
Another interesting thing was the fact that the player Cafu was the first one ever to play three consecutive World Cup finals (1994-1998-2002), winning two of them, a record that still stands. Let’s see a video with the goals and the highlights of the final match:
Brazil’s 2002 World Cup Squad
If you don’t remember the positions in Portuguese, check out our Dica about Football Positions.
|6||Lateral esquerdo||Roberto Carlos|
|8||Meio campo||Gilberto Silva|
How about a quick exercise?
Now it’s your turn!
Answer the questions according to the Dica:
- Onde foi realizada a Copa do Mundo de 2002?
- Por que as pessoas não acreditavam que Ronaldo poderia jogar bem?
- Contra qual seleção o Brasil jogou novamente na semi-final?
- Contra quem o Brasil jogou a final?
- Qual foi o fato interessante envolvendo o jogador Cafu?
Hugs from Rio & Learn!
- Coréia do Sul e Japão.
- Ele teve duas grandes cirurgias no joelho e não sabiam se podia voltar a jogar como antes.
- Foi o primeiro jogador a jogar três finais consecutivas.