2003 FIFA Confederations Cup
The 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup football tournament was the sixth FIFA Confederations Cup, held in France in June 2003. France retained the title they had won in 2001, but the tournament was overshadowed by the death of Cameroon player Marc-Vivien Foé, who died of heart failure in his side's semi-final against Colombia. Foé's death united the France and Cameroon teams in the final match, which was played even though team players from both sides had explicitly stated that the match should not be played out of respect for Foé. France went on to win the trophy with a golden goal from Thierry Henry.
|Coupe des Confédérations 2003|
|Dates||18 June – 29 June|
|Teams||8 (from 6 confederations)|
|Venue(s)||3 (in 3 host cities)|
|Champions||France (2nd title)|
|Goals scored||37 (2.31 per match)|
|Attendance||491,700 (30,731 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)||Thierry Henry (4 goals)|
|Best player(s)||Thierry Henry|
|Fair play award||Japan|
At the presentation of medals and trophies, two Cameroon players held a gigantic photo of Foé, and a runner-up medal was hung to the edge of the photo. When French captain Marcel Desailly was presented with the Confederations Cup, he did not lift it up high, but held it in unison with Cameroon captain Rigobert Song. Foé finished third in media voting for player of the tournament and was posthumously awarded the Bronze Ball at its conclusion.
|Team||Confederation||Qualification method||Date qualification secured||Participation no.|
|France||UEFA||UEFA Euro 2000 winners
|2 July 2000
24 September 2002
|Brazil||CONMEBOL||2002 FIFA World Cup winners||30 June 2002||4th|
|Japan||AFC||2000 AFC Asian Cup winners||29 October 2000||3rd|
|Colombia||CONMEBOL||2001 Copa América winners||29 July 2001||1st|
|United States||CONCACAF||2002 CONCACAF Gold Cup winners||2 February 2002||3rd|
|Cameroon||CAF||2002 African Cup of Nations winners||10 February 2002||2nd|
|Turkey||UEFA||2002 FIFA World Cup third place1||22 October 2002||1st|
|New Zealand||OFC||2002 OFC Nations Cup winners||14 July 2002||2nd|
1Italy, the UEFA Euro 2000 runners-up, declined to take part as did Germany, the 2002 FIFA World Cup runners-up. So did Spain, who were ranked second in the FIFA World Rankings at the time. They were replaced by Turkey, who came third in the 2002 FIFA World Cup.
Five bids came before the deadline at 1 May 2002. Australia, Portugal and the United States put in single bids, while South Africa–Egypt and France–Switzerland put in joint bids. The France–Switzerland bid never materialized.
The host was selected on 24 September 2002, during a meeting of FIFA's Executive Committee.
The matches were played in:
|Stade de France||Stade de Gerland||Stade Geoffroy-Guichard|
|Capacity: 80,000||Capacity: 41,200||Capacity: 36,000|
|Report||Nakamura 12', 75'
|Henry 39' (pen.)||Report|
|Report||de Gregorio 27'|
|Pires 43' (pen.)
|Okan Y. 40' (pen.)
|Geremi 90+1' (pen.)||Report|
Okan Y. 81'
|26 June - Lyon|
|29 June - Saint-Denis|
|26 June - Saint-Denis|
|28 June - Saint-Étienne|
Third place play-offEdit
|Hernández 63'||Report||Tuncay 2'
Okan Y. 86'
FIFA presents the Golden Ball award to the outstanding player of the competition, as voted by the media present at the tournament.
|Awards||Golden Ball||Silver Ball||Bronze Ball|
|Players||Thierry Henry||Tuncay||Marc-Vivien Foé|
FIFA presents the Golden Shoe award to the tournament's top goalscorer.
|Awards||Golden Shoe||Silver Shoe||Bronze Shoe|
|Players||Thierry Henry||Tuncay[a]||Shunsuke Nakamura[b]|
FIFA Fair Play AwardEdit
FIFA presents the Fair Play Award to the team with the best fair play record, according to a points system and criteria founded by the FIFA Fair Play Committee.
|Award||FIFA Fair Play Award|
- Although four other players had three goals each, Tuncay received the Silver Shoe award as he was the only one of the five to have registered an assist in the competition.
- Lowest number of minutes played (170). Giovanni Hernández, Robert Pires and Okan Yılmaz also produced/recorded three goals and zero assists.
Thierry Henry received the Golden Shoe award for scoring four goals. In total, 37 goals were scored by 22 different players, with none of them credited as own goal.
- 4 goals
- 3 goals
- 2 goals
- 1 goal
- Turkey accept Confederations Cup invitation
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- "USA bids to host 2003 Confederations Cup". socceramerica.com. 3 July 2002.
- "FIFA Executive Committee designates France as hosts of 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup". FIFA. 24 September 2002.
- "FIFA Confederations Cup official awards". Fédération Internationale de Football Association. Paris. 29 June 2003. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 July 2003. Retrieved 19 October 2017.
- "Statistical Kit: FIFA Confederations Cup (FCC 2017 post-event edition) – Ranking by tournament" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 10 July 2017. p. 21. Archived (PDF) from the original on 28 September 2019. Retrieved 28 September 2019.
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