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2002 FIFA World Cup qualification

The 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification competition was a series of tournaments organised by the six FIFA confederations. Each confederation — the AFC (Asia), CAF (Africa), CONCACAF (North, Central America and Caribbean), CONMEBOL (South America), OFC (Oceania), and UEFA (Europe) — was allocated a certain number of the 32 places at the tournament. 199 teams entered the tournament qualification rounds, competing for 32 spots in the final tournament. South Korea and Japan, as the co-hosts, and France, as the defending champions, qualified automatically, leaving 29 spots open for competition.

2002 FIFA World Cup qualification
Tournament details
Dates4 March 2000 – 25 November 2001
Teams199 (from 6 confederations)
Tournament statistics
Matches played777
Goals scored2,452 (3.16 per match)
Top scorer(s)Australia Archie Thompson
(16 goals)
1998
2006

Qualified teamsEdit

 
Final qualification status
  Country qualified for World Cup
  Country failed to qualify
  Country did not enter World Cup
  Country not a FIFA member
Team Method of
qualification
Date of
qualification
Finals
appearance
Last
appearance
Consecutive
finals
appearances
Previous best
performance
FIFA ranking
at start of event[1]
  Japan Host 31 May 1996 2nd 1998 2 Group Stage (1998) 32
  South Korea Host 31 May 1996 6th 1998 5 Group Stage (1954, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998) 40
  France Defending Champions 12 July 1998 11th 1998 2 Winners (1998) 1
  Cameroon CAF Final Round Group A Winners 1 July 2001 5th 1998 4 Quarter Finals (1990) 17
  South Africa CAF Final Round Group E Winners 1 July 2001 2nd 1998 2 Group Stage (1998) 37
  Tunisia CAF Final Round Group D Winners 15 July 2001 3rd 1998 2 Group Stage (1978, 1998) 31
  Senegal CAF Final Round Group C Winners 21 July 2001 1st 1 42
  Nigeria CAF Final Round Group B Winners 29 July 2001 3rd 1998 3 Round of 16 (1994, 1998) 27
  Argentina CONMEBOL Robin Round Winners 15 August 2001 13th 1998 8 Winners (1978, 1986) 3
  Poland UEFA Group 5 Winners 1 September 2001 6th 1986 1 Third Place (1974, 1982) 38
  Sweden UEFA Group 4 Winners 5 September 2001 10th 1994 1 Runners-Up (1958) 19
  Spain UEFA Group 7 Winners 5 September 2001 11th 1998 7 Fourth Place (1950) 8
  Costa Rica CONCACAF Final Round Winners 5 September 2001 2nd 1990 1 Round of 16 (1990) 29
  Russia UEFA Group 1 Winners 6 October 2001 9th [nb 1] 1994 1 Fourth Place (1966) 28
  Portugal UEFA Group 2 Winners 6 October 2001 3rd 1986 1 Third Place (1966) 5
  Denmark UEFA Group 3 Winners 6 October 2001 3rd 1998 2 Quarter Finals (1998) 20
  Croatia UEFA Group 6 Winners 6 October 2001 2nd 1998 2 Third Place (1998) 21
  Italy UEFA Group 8 Winners 6 October 2001 15th 1998 11 Winners (1934, 1938, 1982) 6
  England UEFA Group 9 Winners 6 October 2001 11th 1998 2 Winners (1966) 12
  China PR AFC Second Round Group B Winners 7 October 2001 1st 1 50
  United States CONCACAF Final Round Runners-Up 7 October 2001 7th 1998 4 Third Place (1930) 13
  Saudi Arabia AFC Second Round Group A Winners 21 October 2001 3rd 1998 3 Round of 16 (1994) 34
  Paraguay CONMEBOL Robin Round 4th Place 8 November 2001 6th 1998 2 Round of 16 (1986, 1998) 18
  Mexico CONCACAF Final Round 3rd Place 11 November 2001 12th 1998 3 Quarter Finals (1970, 1986) 7
  Belgium UEFA play-off Winners 14 November 2001 11th 1998 6 Fourth Place (1986) 23
  Germany UEFA play-off Winners 14 November 2001 15th 1998 12 Winners (1954, 1974, 1990) 11
  Slovenia UEFA play-off Winners 14 November 2001 1st 1 25
  Turkey UEFA play-off Winners 14 November 2001 2nd 1954 1 Group Stage (1954) 22
  Ecuador CONMEBOL Robin Round Runners-Up 14 November 2001 1st 1 36
  Brazil CONMEBOL Robin Round 3rd Place 14 November 2001 17th 1998 17 Winners (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994) 2
  Republic of Ireland UEFA-AFC play-off Winners 15 November 2001 3rd 1994 1 Quarter Finals (1990) 15
  Uruguay CONMEBOL v OFC play-off Winners 25 November 2001 10th 1990 1 Winners (1930, 1950) 24

12 of the 32 teams subsequently failed to qualify for the 2006 finals: Belgium, Cameroon, China, Denmark, Ireland, Nigeria, Russia, Senegal, Slovenia, South Africa, Turkey, Uruguay.

1Includes 10 appearances by DFB representing West Germany between 1954 and 1990. Excludes 1 appearance by DVF representing East Germany between 1954 and 1990.
2Includes appearances by USSR.

Qualification processEdit

The 32 spots available in the 2002 World Cup would be distributed among the continental zones as follows:

  • Europe (UEFA): 14.5 places, 1 of them went to automatic qualifier France, while the other 13.5 places were contested by 50 teams. The winner of the 0.5 place would advance to the intercontinental play-offs (against a team from AFC)
  • South America (CONMEBOL): 4.5 places, contested by 10 teams. The winner of the 0.5 place would advance to the intercontinental play-offs (against a team from OFC).
  • North, Central America and Caribbean (CONCACAF): 3 places, contested by 35 teams.
  • Africa (CAF): 5 places, contested by 51 teams.
  • Asia (AFC): 4.5 places, 2 of them went to automatic qualifiers South Korea and Japan, while the other 2.5 places were contested by 40 teams. The winner of the 0.5 place would advance to the intercontinental play-offs (against a team from UEFA).
  • Oceania (OFC): 0.5 place, contested by 10 teams. The winner of the 0.5 place would advance to the intercontinental play-offs (against a team from CONMEBOL).

A total of 193 teams played at least one qualifying match. A total of 777 qualifying matches were played, and 2452 goals were scored (an average of 3.17 per match).

Confederation qualificationEdit

AFCEdit

The Asian Football Confederation was allocated four and half qualifying berths for the 2002 FIFA World Cup, South Korea and Japan, the co-hosts, qualified automatically, leaving two and half spots open for competition between 40 teams. Myanmar withdrew from the tournament after being placed in Group 2 but before any matches had been played, therefore reducing the group to 3 teams.

Afghanistan, Bhutan and North Korea chose not to participate.

Asia's two remaining automatic qualifying berths were taken by Saudi Arabia and China. Iran that defeating United Arab Emirates to become possible fifth Asian qualifier, fails after losing their AFC/UEFA playoff against Republic of Ireland.

There were three rounds of play:

  • First Stage: The 39 teams were divided into 9 groups of 4 teams each, and 1 group of 3 teams. The teams played against each other twice, except in Group 2, where the teams played against each other once. The group winners would advance to the Final Round.
  • Second Stage: The 10 teams were divided into 2 groups of 5 teams. The teams played against each other on a home-and-away basis. The group winners would qualify. The runners-up would advance to the AFC Play-off.
  • Play-off: The 2 teams played against each other on a home-and-away basis. The winner would advance to the UEFA/AFC Intercontinental Play-off.
Legend
Countries that qualified for the 2002 World Cup
Countries that advanced to the Play-off for 3rd place

Final positions (Second Round)Edit

Group A Group B
Team Pld Pts
  Saudi Arabia 8 17
  Iran 8 15
  Bahrain 8 10
  Iraq 8 7
  Thailand 8 4
Team Pld Pts
  China PR 8 19
  United Arab Emirates 8 11
  Uzbekistan 8 10
  Qatar 8 9
  Oman 8 6

AFC Play-offEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Iran   4–0   United Arab Emirates 1–0 3–0

CAFEdit

The Confederation of African Football was allocated five qualifying berths for the 2002 FIFA World Cup. 51 teams entered the qualification process.

Burundi withdrew before the draw was made. while Niger and Comoros chose not to participate.

Guinea was excluded from the competition during the Final Round for government interference with its national association, resulting in their results obtained in final round annulled.

Africa's five automatic qualifying berths were taken by Cameroon, Senegal, Tunisia, South Africa, and Nigeria.

There were two rounds of play:

  • First Round: The 50 teams were divided into 5 pools of 10 teams each. In each pool, the 10 teams were paired up to play knockout matches on a home-and-away basis. The winners advanced to the Final Round.
  • Final Round: The 25 teams were divided into 5 groups of 5 teams each. The teams played against each other on a home-and-away basis. The group winners qualified.
Legend
Countries that qualified for the 2002 World Cup

Final positions (Final Round)Edit

Group A Group B Group C
Team Pld Pts
  Cameroon 8 19
  Angola 8 13
  Zambia 8 11
  Togo 8 9
  Libya 8 2
Team Pld Pts
  Nigeria 8 16
  Liberia 8 15
  Sudan 8 12
  Ghana 8 11
  Sierra Leone 8 4
Team Pld Pts
  Senegal 8 15
  Morocco 8 15
  Egypt 8 13
  Algeria 8 8
  Namibia 8 2
Group D Group E
Team Pld Pts
  Tunisia 8 20
  Ivory Coast 8 15
  DR Congo 8 10
  Madagascar 8 6
  Congo 8 5
Team Pld Pts
  South Africa 6 16
  Zimbabwe 6 12
  Burkina Faso 6 5
  Malawi 6 1
  Guinea 0 0

CONCACAFEdit

A total of 35 CONCACAF teams entered the competition. Mexico, USA, Jamaica and Costa Rica, the four highest-ranked teams according to FIFA, received byes and advanced to the semi-finals, while Canada advanced to the play-offs . The remaining teams were divided into zones, based on geographical locations, as follows:

  • Caribbean Zone: The 24 teams were divided into groups of eight teams each. The teams played in a three-round knockout tournament. The winners would advance to the semi-finals, while the runners-up would advance to the play-offs.
  • Central American Zone: The six teams are divided into groups of three teams each. The teams played against each other. The winners of the group would advance to the semi-finals, while the runners-up would advance to the play-offs.
  • Play-offs: the six teams were paired up to play knockout matches on a home-and-away basis. A team from North or Central America would play against a team from the Caribbean, and the winners would advance to the semi-finals.
  • Semi-finals: the 12 teams were divided into three groups of four teams each. They played against each other on a home-and-away basis. The group winners and runners-up would advance to the final round.
  • Final round: the six teams played against each other on a home-and-away basis. The top three teams would qualify for the 2002 FIFA World Cup.
Legend
Countries that qualified for the 2002 World Cup

Final positions (Final Round)Edit

Team Pld Pts
  Costa Rica 10 23
  Mexico 10 17
  United States 10 17
  Honduras 10 14
  Jamaica 10 8
  Trinidad and Tobago 10 5

CONMEBOLEdit

A total of 10 CONMEBOL teams entered the competition. competing for four and half places in the final tournament.

The 10 teams played against each other on a home-and-away basis. The top 4 teams qualified. The 5th-placed team advanced to the CONMEBOL / OFC Intercontinental Play-off.

Legend
Countries that qualified for the 2002 World Cup

Final positionsEdit

Team Pld Pts
  Argentina 18 43
  Ecuador 18 31
  Brazil 18 30
  Paraguay 18 30
  Uruguay 18 27
  Colombia 18 27
  Bolivia 18 18
  Peru 18 16
  Venezuela 18 16
  Chile 18 12

OFCEdit

A total of 10 teams entered the competition. competing for a half places in the final tournament.

There would be two rounds of play:

  • First Round: The 10 teams were divided into two groups of five teams each. The teams played against each other once. The group winners would advance to the Final Round.
  • Final Round: The two teams played against each other on a home-and-away basis. The winner would advance to the CONMEBOL/OFC Intercontinental Play-off.

Australia's 31–0 win over American Samoa established a World Cup record for the highest margin of victory in a qualifying match.

Final positions (Final Round)Edit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
New Zealand   1–6   Australia 0–2 1–4

UEFAEdit

The European section acted as qualifiers for the 2002 FIFA World Cup, for national teams which are members of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). Apart from France, who qualified automatically as holders, a total of thirteen and half slots in the final tournament were available for UEFA teams.

The 50 teams were divided into nine groups, five groups of six teams and four groups of five teams. The teams played against each other on a home-and-away basis. The group winners would qualify. Among the runners-up, the runner-up of Group 2 was drawn randomly to advance to the UEFA–AFC Intercontinental play-off. The other runners-up would advance to the UEFA play-offs.

In the play-offs, the eight teams were paired up to play knockout matches on a home-and-away basis. The four aggregate winners qualified. The qualifying process started on 2 September 2000, after UEFA Euro 2000, and ended on 14 November 2001.

The Netherlands and Romania both failed to qualify for the tournament for the first time since 1986, the former finishing third in Group 2 behind Portugal and Republic of Ireland and the latter suffering a shock loss to Slovenia in the play-offs.


Legend
Countries that qualified for the 2002 World Cup
Countries that advanced to the Play-offs

Final positions (First Round)Edit

Group 1 Group 2 Group 3
Team Pld Pts
  Russia 10 23
  Slovenia 10 20
  Yugoslavia 10 19
   Switzerland 10 14
  Faroe Islands 10 7
  Luxembourg 10 0
Team Pld Pts
  Portugal 10 24
  Republic of Ireland 10 24
  Netherlands 10 20
  Cyprus 10 8
  Estonia 10 8
  Andorra 10 0
Team Pld Pts
  Denmark 10 22
  Czech Republic 10 20
  Bulgaria 10 17
  Iceland 10 13
  Northern Ireland 10 11
  Malta 10 1
Group 4 Group 5 Group 6
Team Pld Pts
  Sweden 10 26
  Turkey 10 21
  Slovakia 10 17
  Moldova 10 7
  North Macedonia 10 7
  Azerbaijan 10 5
Team Pld Pts
  Poland 10 21
  Ukraine 10 17
  Belarus 10 15
  Norway 10 10
  Wales 10 9
  Armenia 10 5
Team Pld Pts
  Croatia 8 18
  Belgium 8 17
  Scotland 8 15
  Latvia 8 4
  San Marino 8 1
Group 7 Group 8 Group 9
Team Pld Pts
  Spain 8 20
  Austria 8 15
  Israel 8 12
  Bosnia and Herzegovina 8 8
  Liechtenstein 8 0
Team Pld Pts
  Italy 8 20
  Romania 8 16
  Georgia 8 10
  Hungary 8 8
  Lithuania 8 2
Team Pld Pts
  England 8 17
  Germany 8 17
  Finland 8 12
  Greece 8 7
  Albania 8 3

Play-offsEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Belgium   2–0   Czech Republic 1–0 1–0
Ukraine   2–5   Germany 1–1 1–4
Slovenia   3–2   Romania 2–1 1–1
Austria   0–6   Turkey 0–1 0–5

Inter-confederation play-offsEdit

There were two scheduled inter-confederation playoffs to determine the final two qualification spots to the finals. The first legs were played on 10 and 20 November 2001, and the second legs were played on 15 and 25 November 2001.[2]

UEFA v AFCEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Republic of Ireland   2–1   Iran 2–0 0–1

OFC v CONMEBOLEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Australia   1–3   Uruguay 1–0 0–3

Top goalscorersEdit

TriviaEdit

  • On their way to the 2002 FIFA World Cup, Brazil endured their worst qualifying campaign ever, losing 6 matches (the only time so far they lost more than 2 games in a qualifying campaign) and finishing 3rd of the South American qualifying group (the only time so far they have not emerged as leaders of their qualifying group). However, Brazil went on to win the 2002 World Cup with a record-breaking tally of 7 wins in 7 matches in the final competition, without facing extra time or penalty shoot-outs. The following teams also won all their final competition matches: Uruguay in 1930 (4 games), Italy in 1938 (4 games, among which 1 game won after extra time), Brazil in 1970 (6 games) and France in 1998 (7 games, among which one game was won in added extra time by a golden goal and one game was won on penalties). In 1970, Brazil had also won all of their 6 preliminary competition matches. Uruguay did not play any preliminary round for 1930, as there was none, and Italy did not either for 1938 as they were automatically qualified for the World Cup as title holders.
  • Germany lost a World Cup qualifying match for the second time only on 1 September 2001, when they were defeated 1–5 by England in Munich. They had played 62 World Cup qualifying matches before (47 wins, 14 draws, 1 loss). Apart from Germany, no team having played more than 20 World Cup qualifying matches have lost less than 3 of them. Oddly, their first loss ever in a World Cup qualifier also took place while playing home, in Stuttgart, against Portugal in 1985.
  • Australia netted 31 goals against newcomers American Samoa, setting the record of the highest-scoring match and biggest margin of victory in an international match ever. This was only two days after Australia thrashed Tonga 22–0, a then international record. Also, Archie Thompson's 13 goals in the match against American Samoa surpassed the previous record of 10.
  • Souleymane Mamam of Togo became the youngest player ever to play in a World Cup qualifying match at the age of 13 years and 310 days in the match against Zambia, in Lomé, in May 2001. He subbed in for Komlan Assignon, three minutes from full-time.
  • The fastest-ever hat-trick in an "A" international was set when Abdul Hamid Bassiouny of Egypt needed only 177 seconds to bag his three goals in a game against Namibia.
  • Switzerland's Kubilay Türkyilmaz scored a hat trick exclusively from penalties against the Faroe Islands. Brazil's Ronaldo equaled this against Argentina in his team's 3–1 win in the 2006 World Cup qualifying round.
  • This was the first and, to date, only time that Germany qualified for a FIFA World Cup after playing qualifying play-offs.

NotesEdit

  1. ^ This is the 2nd appearance of Russia at the FIFA World Cup. However FIFA considers Russia as the successor team of the USSR.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "FIFA/Coca Cola World Ranking (15 May 2002)". FIFA.com. FIFA. 15 May 2002. Retrieved 12 September 2013.
  2. ^ "International match Calendar 2013–2018" (PDF). FIFA. 1 May 2013. Retrieved 23 November 2013.

External linksEdit