2002 FIFA Men's World Cup • May 31 - June 30

Korea, Japan 2002

The 2002 FIFA World Cup, co-hosted by South Korea and Japan, was a tournament of firsts: the first World Cup held in Asia, the first to be staged by two countries, and a showcase of the increasing globalization of the sport. The competition defied expectations, with the traditional football hierarchies challenged by the unprecedented advancement of teams such as South Korea, who reached the semi-finals, and Turkey, who finished in an impressive third place. Brazil reclaimed their position at the apex of world football, securing their fifth World Cup title as Ronaldo redeemed his 1998 final disappointment with a Golden Boot-winning performance, scoring eight goals, including two in the final against Germany. The tournament was marked by several upsets and controversial officiating decisions, which added to the drama and unpredictability of the outcomes. Additionally, the World Cup was a cultural exposition, highlighting the distinct and harmonious co-hosting by South Korea and Japan, showcasing technological advancements, and leaving a legacy of infrastructure and development in both countries.

Winners and awards

Third place

Golden Ball (best player)
Oliver Kahn
Silver Ball
Bronze Ball
Myung-bo Hong
Golden Boot (top scorer)
Silver Boot
Miroslav Klose
Golden Glove (best keeper)
Oliver Kahn
Best Young Player
Landon Donovan

Top scorers

Ronaldo (8)
Rivaldo (5)
Miroslav Klose (5)
Jon Dahl Tomasson (4)
Christian Vieri (4)
Robbie Keane (3)
Michael Ballack (3)
Papa Bouba Diop (3)
Marc Wilmots (3)
Pauleta (3)


Kashima Stadium
Ibaraki, Japan • 42000
Kobe Wing Stadium
Kobe, Japan • 42000
Miyagi Stadium
Miyagi, Japan • 49000
Niigata Stadium
Niigata, Japan • 42000
Ōita Stadium
Ōita, Japan • 43000
Nagai Stadium
Osaka, Japan • 50000
Saitama Stadium
Saitama, Japan • 63000
Sapporo Dome
Sapporo, Japan • 42000
Shizuoka Stadium ECOPA
Shizuoka, Japan • 51000
International Stadium Yokohama
Yokohama, Japan • 72000
Busan Asiad Stadium
Busan, South Korea • 56000
Daegu World Cup Stadium
Daegu, South Korea • 68000
Daejeon World Cup Stadium
Daejeon, South Korea • 40000
Gwangju World Cup Stadium
Gwangju, South Korea • 43000
Incheon Munhak Stadium
Incheon, South Korea • 52000
Jeonju World Cup Stadium
Jeonju, South Korea • 42000
Jeju World Cup Stadium
Seogwipo, South Korea • 42000
Seoul World Cup Stadium
Seoul, South Korea • 64000
Suwon World Cup Stadium
Suwon, South Korea • 43000
Ulsan Munsu Football Stadium
Ulsan, South Korea • 44000

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