World Cup I

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World Cup I
Tournament details
Host  Nippon
 Hanguk
Season(s) Season 15
Teams 40
Final positions
Champions  Sverige
Runner-up  England
Semi-finalists  USA
 Suomi 
WC II

The Qualification rounds were based on the top 40 teams in the rankings table. Of those teams, the top eight in rankings qualified directly. The remaining thirty-two teams played for the final eight spots in the cup. In the Pre-Qualifications the most unexpected result was propably that South Africa defeated România after a dramatic fight. World Cup hosts Nippon and Hanguk were both out, having lost to Scotland and México respectively. México then proceeded to demolish Schweiz 8-0 in the Qualifications!

Round II started with a shock as Nederland gave Suomi a walkover. This gave Suomi the first place in Group 4. Nederland managed to recover and finished ahead of Italia and Danmark to get the second place. In Round III Suomi and Nederland were again in the same group. This time Suomi solidly defeated Nederland to get the second place in Group 1 after Sverige.

Final saw the beginning of Sverige's reign as they defeated England 4-1. England played a great second half, but little did that matter as Sverige already had hammered home a 4-0 lead.

Direct Qualification

Pre-Qualification

This round started on 2002-03-15 20:00:00 and was played in Hanguk.

ID Match Result
(1563286)  Norge 4 - 1  Perú
(1563287)  Deutschland 4 - 0  Ísland
(1563288)  México 4 - 0  Hanguk
(1563289)  Suomi 6 - 0  Venezuela
(1563290)  Singapore 2 - 4  India
(1563291)  Italia 5 - 0  Uruguay
(1563292)  Portugal 3 - 2  Misr
(1563293)  România 1 - 2 aet  South Africa
(1563294)  Ireland 1 - 2  Schweiz
(1563295)  Scotland 2 - 1 aet  Nippon
(1563296)  France 4 - 0  Chile
(1563297)  Malaysia 2 - 4  Prathet Thai
(1563298)  Belgium 3 - 4  Polska
(1563299)  Argentina 3 - 0  Österreich
(1563300)  Brasil 2 - 3 aet  Türkiye
(1563301)  China 3 - 2 aet  Rossiya

Qualification

This round started on 2002-03-22 20:00:00 and was played in Nippon.

ID Match Result
(1570737)  Norge 3 - 2  India
(1570738)  Deutschland 3 - 0  South Africa
(1570739)  México 8 - 0  Schweiz
(1570740)  Suomi 7 - 1  Prathet Thai
(1570741)  Italia 3 - 2  Polska
(1570742)  Portugal 0 - 6  Türkiye
(1570743)  Scotland 1 - 2 aet  China
(1570744)  France 2 - 4  Argentina

Round II

This round started on 2002-03-29 20:00:00 and was played in Hanguk and Nippon.

Group 1

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Sverige 9 3 3 0 0 16 1 +15
 Canada 6 3 2 0 1 6 6 ±0
 Norge 3 3 1 0 2 4 9 -5
 Türkiye 0 3 0 0 3 1 11 -10


ID Match Result Date and Time
(1577263)  Sverige 7 - 1  Norge 29-03-2002 at 20.00
(1577264)  Canada 4 - 1  Türkiye

(1577265)  Sverige 5 - 0  Türkiye 05-04-2002 at 20.00
(1577266)  Canada 2 - 1  Norge

(1577267)  Sverige 4 - 0  Canada 12-04-2002 at 20.00
(1577268)  Norge 2 - 0  Türkiye

Group 2

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 England 6 3 2 0 1 8 1 +7
 Oceania 6 3 2 0 1 6 3 +3
 Deutschland 6 3 2 0 1 6 8 -2
 China 0 3 0 0 3 4 12 -8


ID Match Result Date and Time
(1577269)  England 4 - 0  Deutschland 29-03-2002 at 20.00
(1577270)  Oceania 4 - 1  China

(1577271)  England 4 - 0  China 05-04-2002 at 20.00
(1577272)  Oceania 1 - 2  Deutschland

(1577273)  England 0 - 1  Oceania 12-04-2002 at 20.00
(1577274)  Deutschland 4 - 3  China

Group 3

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 USA 9 3 3 0 0 12 1 +11
 México 6 3 2 0 1 8 4 +4
 España 1 3 0 1 2 3 6 -3
 Argentina 1 3 0 1 2 1 13 -12


ID Match Result Date and Time
(1577275)  USA 3 - 0  México 29-03-2002 at 20.00
(1577276)  España 1 - 1  Argentina

(1577277)  USA 7 - 0  Argentina 05-04-2002 at 20.00
(1577278)  España 1 - 3  México

(1577279)  USA 2 - 1  España 12-04-2002 at 20.00
(1577280)  México 5 - 0  Argentina

Group 4

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Suomi 7 3 2 1 0 12 6 +6
 Nederland 4 3 1 1 1 8 10 -2
 Italia 3 3 0 3 0 8 8 ±0
 Danmark 1 3 0 1 2 7 11 -4


ID Match Result Date and Time
(1577281)  Nederland 0 - 5 WO  Suomi 29-03-2002 at 20.00
(1577282)  Danmark 2 - 2  Italia

(1577283)  Nederland 3 - 3  Italia 05-04-2002 at 20.00
(1577284)  Danmark 3 - 4  Suomi

(1577285)  Nederland 5 - 2  Danmark 12-04-2002 at 20.00
(1577286)  Suomi 3 - 3  Italia

Round III

This round started on 2002-04-19 20:00:00 and was played in Hanguk and Nippon.

Group 1

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Sverige 9 3 3 0 0 18 1 +17
 Suomi 4 3 1 1 1 8 10 -2
 Nederland 3 3 1 0 2 4 13 -9
 Oceania 1 3 0 1 2 5 11 -6


ID Match Result Date and Time
(1595865)  Sverige 6 - 1  Oceania 19-04-2002 at 20.00
(1595866)  Suomi 5 - 2  Nederland

(1595867)  Sverige 7 - 0  Nederland 22-04-2002 at 20.00
(1595868)  Suomi 3 - 3  Oceania

(1595869)  Sverige 5 - 0  Suomi 24-04-2002 at 20.00
(1595870)  Oceania 1 - 2  Nederland


Group 2

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 England 9 3 3 0 0 13 3 +10
 USA 3 3 1 0 2 8 7 +1
 México 3 3 1 0 2 4 7 -3
 Canada 3 3 1 0 2 4 12 -8


ID Match Result Date and Time
(1595871)  USA 1 - 2  México 19-04-2002 at 20.00
(1595872)  England 6 - 0  Canada

(1595873)  USA 5 - 1  Canada 22-04-2002 at 20.00
(1595874)  England 3 - 1  México

(1595875)  USA 2 - 4  England 24-04-2002 at 20.00
(1595876)  México 1 - 3  Canada

Semi-Finals

This round started on 2002-04-26 20:00:00 and was played in Hanguk.

ID Match Result
(2335060)  Sverige 4 - 0  USA
(2335061)  England 2 - 0  Suomi

Final

This round started on 2002-04-28 20:00:00 and was played in Nippon.

ID Match Result
(2372464)  Sverige 4 - 1  England

Tactics and Ratings

Sverige: 3-5-2
Normal
Midfield: titanic (very high)
Right Defence: magnificent (very low)
Central Defence: outstanding (very low)
Left Defence: formidable (very high)
Right Attack: passable (high)
Central Attack: outstanding (high)
Left Attack: outstanding (very low)

Indirect Set Pieces:
Attack: N/A
Defence: N/A
England: 3-5-2
Normal
Midfield: passable (very high)
Right Defence: excellent (very low)
Central Defence: excellent (low)
Left Defence: inadequate (low)
Right Attack: weak (very low)
Central Attack: solid (low)
Left Attack: weak (low)

Indirect Set Pieces:
Attack: N/A
Defence: N/A

HT Announcements

15.03.2002 World Cup has started
World Cup premiere today and several of the favourites, such as Norway and Germany, won comfortably. Most unexpected was probably that South Africa defeated Romania after a dramatic fight. World Cup hosts Japan and South Korea are out, having lost to Scotland and Mexico respectively. 40 teams are now down to 24. Another 8 teams will have to leave next friday when the 2nd qualification round is played.
22.03.2002 Classic battles to come
After the last Qualification round this friday, 16 teams that are ready for group play in the World Cup are ready. Lot's of exciting and prestigoous battles coming up next Friday: Germany gets a chance to take revenge upon England for two 5-1 losses. North American prestige meet between the US and Mexico (who impressively demolished Switzerland 8 - 0!) and arch rival meet Sweden vs Norway are other matches bound to draw the crowds next friday.
13.04.2002 World Cup endgame
The final rounds in the WC begins next friday. Sweden, Canada, The US and surprise team Finland were already qualified. England, having won its group just before Oceania has been assigned to a rather North American group in the endgame: USA, England, Mexico and Canada will fight for two places in the semifinals. In the other group, Sweden will fight neighbouring Finland along with Oceania and Holland - who managed to recover from the walk over debacle a few weeks ago.
29.04.2002 Sweden takes home World Cup
The swedish national team rose to extreme expectations as they defeated England 4-1 in the World Cup final. England played a great second half, but little did that matter as the Swedes already had hammered home a 4-0 lead. While Sweden rejoices, a lot of credit goes out to the rest of the national teams that have improved A LOT over the last season and will continue to do so! Come next World Cup, the final standings may look a lot different. Let the preparations begin!
World Cup

Nippon/Hanguk 15 · Argentina 17 · Nederland 19 · USA 21 · España 23 · Brasil 25 · China 27 · Deutschland 29 · Rossiya 31 · Portugal 33 · België 35 · Colombia 37 · Hellas 39 · Prathet Thai 41 · South Africa 43 · India 45 · Trinidad and Tobago 47 · Israel 49 · Crna Gora 51 · Tounes 53 · Brasil 55 · Andorra 57 · Indonesia 59 · Eesti 61 · France 63 · Guatemala 65 · Oceania 67 ·