Revision as of 23:00, 27 November 2006
This was the first World Cup that saw all of the HT-nations participating. Qualification round was based on 16 groups. Teams were placed in groups based on their rank and played each other once at home and once away during a 10 week period. The two best teams from each group advanced to Round II. Qualifications saw two big surprises: in Group 6 #4 seed Eesti and #2 seed Venezuela edged out #1 seed Scotland to win the group, and in Group 16 #4 seed Nippon and #3 seed Indonesia upset #1 seed France and #2 seed Uruguay to steal the group and eliminate the two reputable teams from the cup.
With 32 teams remaining the Cup moved to España without the hosts, who were left third after Denmark and Oceania in Group 5. In Round II Indonesia continued their fairy tale as the #4 seed won Group 1. The group had a record number of draws (4 out of 6 matches). In Group 2 #4 Malaysia edged out #2 Nederland to advance.
Round III saw the underdogs Indonesia end their run failing to even score a goal in Group 2. Despite being unable to find the back of the net, the team still got two points by drawing 0-0 twice. Since one of those draws came against Norge, Sverige remained the only team with a clean winning streak.
Sverige continued their winning streak through Round IV. The team also kept their opponents in Group 1 scoreless as they prepared for the Semi-Finals. In Group 2 #4 seed Suomi won the group. In a classic match Suomi perfectly pressed #1 seed Norge into invisibility winning the match 1-0.
In the Semi-Finals the classic Hattrick battle, Sverige - Norge, wasn't particularly exciting this time, as Sverige bullied Norge's divine Central Defense with their divine Midfield, winning 3-0. In the other Semi-Final Suomi tried their hand at ball possession, playing a 2-6-2 against England. Despite winning 2nd half possession, the team was no match against England's divine Left Attack, which secured their 4-0 victory. Sverige was the overwhelming favorite in the Final, and they didn't disappoint. The game was over by halftime, as they were up 5-0. They won the match 6-1 as Tomas Månsson scored a hat trick.
This round started on 2004-03-19 20:00:00.
This round started on 2004-08-13 20:00:00 and was played in España.
This round started on 2004-09-17 20:00:00 and was played in España.
This round started on 2004-09-27 20:00:00 and was played in España.
This round started on 2004-10-08 20:00:00 and was played in España.
This round starts on 2004-10-10 20:00:00 and was played in España.
Tactics and Ratings
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