World Cup II

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World Cup II
Tournament details
Host  Argentina
Season(s) Season 17
Teams 40
Final positions
Champions  Sverige
Runner-up  Polska
Semi-finalists  USA
 Norge 
Tournament statistics
Matches played 63 
Goals scored Nils Frigaard
13 goals
Goalscorer List
WC I WC III

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. The Pre-Qualifications saw España, the second largest country in Hattrick at that time next to Sverige, suffer a shocking defeat from Venezuela, the smallest of all 52 Hattrick countries with only 16 active users.

In the Qualifications Denmark defeated România in a nail-biting penalty drama. Some credits must also go to Venezuela for their last 30 minutes - but Deutschland was too much for them. Prathet Thai shocked Polska but eventually fell, which meant that India was the only representative of Asia, while Europe had 10 teams, Oceania one (obviously), and the Americas 4 teams.

The semifinalists were already decided before the last games of Round III. Polska won Finland getting a place in the top-4, but lost the decisive math of Group 1 against Sverige. In Group 2 USA (following a firm win over Deutschland) and Norge (having thrashed Italia) played for the #1 spot. Norge came back twice in their game finally winning it, the group and the ticket to a Semi-Final against Polska, while USA had to face Sverige in the Semi-Finals.

Before the Semi-Finals USA had achieved the best ratings ever seen outside of Sverige in this World Cup, but it didn't help them against the Swedes. Sverige's complete domination of the midfield gave them a comfortable 5-0 victory and yet another ticket to the Final. In the other Semi-Final the two big positive surprises of this World Cup, Polska and Norge, got to measure each other out. Polska proved stronger sending Norge home. The Final was again a complete domination of Sverige. They defeated Polska 5-0, winning in almost every area of the field. In the end only Oceania managed to breach Sverige's defense and they got an impressive 42-1 goal difference in 8 matches.

Direct Qualification

Pre-Qualification

This round started on 2002-10-25 20:00:00 and was played in Argentina.

ID Match Result
(3524908)  Italia 4 - 0  Eesti
(3524909)  Norge 4 - 1  Hanguk
(3524910)  Deutschland 7 - 1  Misr
(3524911)  India 5 - 2  Perú
(3524912)  Belgium 0 - 0 (0-1p)  Portugal
(3524913)  Polska 4 - 1  Österreich
(3524914)  Brasil 0 - 1  Singapore
(3524915)  Argentina 4 - 0  Magyarország
(3524916)  Scotland 3 - 0  Indonesia
(3524917)  España 1 - 2  Venezuela
(3524918)  Danmark 2 - 1 aet  South Africa
(3524919)  România 2 - 0  Uruguay
(3524920)  France 4 - 2  Schweiz
(3524921)  Rossiya 1 - 0  Ireland
(3524922)  Chile 1 - 2  Türkiye
(3524923)  Nippon 2 - 2 (2-3p)  Prathet Thai

Qualification

This round started on 2002-11-01 20:00:00 and was played in Argentina.

ID Match Result
(3538602)  Italia 2 - 1  Portugal
(3538603)  Norge 5 - 1  Singapore
(3538604)  Deutschland 5 - 3  Venezuela
(3538605)  India 3 - 0  Türkiye
(3538606)  Polska 3 - 2  Prathet Thai
(3538607)  Argentina 3 - 0  Rossiya
(3538608)  Scotland 1 - 0  France
(3538609)  Danmark 1 - 1 (3-2p)  România

Round II

This round started on 2002-11-08 20:00:00 and was played in Argentina.

Group 1

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Sverige 9 3 3 0 0 18 1 +17
 Italia 6 3 2 0 1 5 7 -2
 Oceania 3 3 1 0 2 4 8 -4
 Danmark 0 3 0 0 3 1 12 -11


ID Match Result Date and Time
(3552579)  Sverige 5 - 0  Italia 08-11-2002 at 20.00
(3552580)  Oceania 2 - 0  Danmark

(3552581)  Sverige 8 - 0  Danmark 15-11-2002 at 20.00
(3552582)  Oceania 1 - 3  Italia

(3552583)  Sverige 5 - 1  Oceania 22-11-2002 at 20.00
(3552584)  Italia 2 - 1  Danmark

Group 2

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Norge 9 3 3 0 0 11 3 +8
 Nederland 3 3 1 0 2 4 5 -1
 Scotland 3 3 1 0 2 3 6 -3
 England 3 3 1 0 2 3 7 -4


ID Match Result Date and Time
(3552585)  England 1 - 5  Norge 08-11-2002 at 20.00
(3552586)  Nederland 2 - 1  Scotland

(3552587)  England 1 - 2  Scotland 15-11-2002 at 20.00
(3552588)  Nederland 2 - 3  Norge

(3552589)  England 1 - 0  Nederland 22-11-2002 at 20.00
(3552590)  Norge 3 - 0  Scotland

Group 3

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 USA 6 3 2 0 1 9 3 +6
 Deutschland 6 3 2 0 1 8 6 +2
 Canada 4 3 1 1 1 7 8 -1
 Argentina 1 3 0 1 2 4 11 -7


ID Match Result Date and Time
(3552591)  USA 1 - 3  Deutschland 08-11-2002 at 20.00
(3552592)  Canada 3 - 3  Argentina

(3552593)  USA 5 - 0  Argentina 15-11-2002 at 20.00
(3552594)  Canada 4 - 2  Deutschland

(3552595)  USA 3 - 0  Canada 22-11-2002 at 20.00
(3552596)  Deutschland 3 - 1  Argentina

Group 4

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Polska 6 3 2 0 1 11 6 +5
 Suomi 6 3 2 0 1 8 5 +3
 México 6 3 2 0 1 7 7 ±0
 India 0 3 0 0 3 4 12 -8


ID Match Result Date and Time
(3552597)  Suomi 4 - 2  India 08-11-2002 at 20.00
(3552598)  México 4 - 3  Polska

(3552599)  Suomi 2 - 3  Polska 15-11-2002 at 20.00
(3552600)  México 3 - 2  India

(3552601)  Suomi 2 - 0  México 22-11-2002 at 20.00
(3552602)  India 0 - 5 WO  Polska

Round III

This round started on 2002-11-26 20:00:00 and was played in Argentina.

Group 1

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Sverige 9 3 3 0 0 14 0 +14
 Polska 6 3 2 0 1 5 7 -2
 Nederland 3 3 1 0 2 6 6 ±0
 Suomi 0 3 0 0 3 0 12 -12


ID Match Result Date and Time
(3597644)  Sverige 6 - 0  Suomi 26-11-2002 at 20.00
(3597645)  Polska 3 - 2  Nederland

(3597646)  Sverige 3 - 0  Nederland 29-11-2002 at 20.00
(3597647)  Polska 2 - 0  Suomi

(3597648)  Sverige 5 - 0  Polska 03-12-2002 at 20.00
(3597649)  Suomi 0 - 4  Nederland

Group 2

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Norge 9 3 3 0 0 11 5 +6
 USA 6 3 2 0 1 12 3 +9
 Italia 3 3 1 0 2 3 10 -7
 Deutschland 0 3 0 0 3 4 12 -8


ID Match Result Date and Time
(3597650)  Norge 5 - 3  Deutschland 26-11-2002 at 20.00
(3597651)  USA 6 - 0  Italia

(3597652)  Norge 3 - 0  Italia 29-11-2002 at 20.00
(3597653)  USA 4 - 0  Deutschland

(3597654)  Norge 3 - 2  USA 03-12-2002 at 20.00
(3597655)  Deutschland 1 - 3  Italia


Knockout Stage

Semi-Finals

This round started on 2002-12-06 20:00:00 and was played in Argentina.

ID Match Result
(4611226)  Norge 1 - 3  Polska
(4611227)  USA 0 - 5  Sverige

Final

This round started on 2002-12-08 20:00:00 and was played in Argentina.

ID Match Result
(4629248)  Sverige 5 - 0  Polska


HT Annoucements

12.10.2002 World Cup - one week left to qualify
The World Cup is approaching. Next friday is the last round of qualification. There are 40 places in the WorldCup. Currently, the two last places are taken by Peru and Estonia (Eesti). However, Malaysia (41st) is meeting USA and Iceland (Island, 42nd) is meeting Finland and a victory in any of these matches could give Malaysia or Iceland a place in the Cup. Meanwhile, Netherlands, Oceania and Italy are fighting for a place among the top 8, where you are seeded directly into the group games.
19.10.2002 World Cup II
Next friday 32 national teams will be travelling to Argentina for the first round of the Hattrick World Cup II. After the last round of regular non-WorldCup matches yesterday, 8 teams are directly qualified for the group play (which starts 2 weeks later) and 32 teams that will be playing the "Pre-qualifications" next friday. The list of teams and the matches can be found in the World Cup menu.
26.10.2002 World Cup - first Qualfication round
The first round of qualifications to the Group play of World Cup II was yesterday. Spain, currently the second largest country in Hattrick (next to Sweden) suffered a shocking defeat from Venezuela, the smallest of all 52 Hattrick countries with only 16 active users. Quite an upset! Next up for the Venezuelans is Germany. Surely they can't do it again, can they?
02.11.2002 World Cup - 2nd round results
After the 8 World Cup Qualification matches tonight, the fixtures for the next three weeks Group games are now up. The Danish defeated Romania in a nail-biting penalty drama. Some credits most once again be given to Venezuela for their excellent last 30 minutes - but the Germans were too much. Thailand shocked Poland but eventually fell, which means that India will be only representative of Asia, while Europe has 10 teams, Oceania ... er... one obviously, and the Americas 4 teams.
15.11.2002 Stirling Bridge in Argentina
The second round of matches in the World Cup Play-off saw Scotland unexpectedly defeat England 2-1. This means that the English, last World Cup silver medalists, will hardly be able to reach the second Play-off. Sweden comletely demolished the Danish, showing off their full strength. In the "American" group, Argentina was firmly defeated by the US, while Canada beat the Germans and are now in the lead of that group. In the other two groups, Norway and Mexico respectiveley look firmly in charge.
29.11.2002 World Cup friday
Only two match rounds left of the World Cup group play. Today Friday - 4 matches. Sweden is up against Netherlands while surprise team Poland is playing Finland. In the other group, USA are craving for revenge on the Germans for the defeat a few weeks ago. Norge is fighting Italy and need a win to get an all deciding game with USA next round as to who will win this group and (probably) avoid Sweden until the final. Matches start 20.00 HT-Time as always.
29.11.2002 World Cup semifinalists
With one match left of the group play in the World Cup, the 4 teams that are going to the semifinals are already fixed. That is the remarkable outcome of today's matches. Poland, having beaten Finland, will play for group victory against Sweden in group B. In group A, USA (following a firm win over Germany) and Norge (having thrashed Italy) will play a match for 1st place in the group. Congrats to Poland, Sweden, USA and Norge for making it to the semifinals! Next round is on Tuesday.
03.12.2002 Norwegian comeback
Norway came back twice in their game against the US, winnig match, group and the ticket to a semifinal against Poland. USA, on the other hand, now have to face Sweden in the other semifinal. The US have, on the whole, achieved the best ratings ever seen outside of Sweden in this World Cup. Are they ready to challenge "unbeatable" Sweden? And which one of the two big positive surprises of this World Cup, Poland and Norge, will get to the final? The answer is given this Friday, 8 PM, HT Time.
06.12.2002 World Cup semifinals
Only the semifinals and the final left of Hattrick World Cup II! The semifinals are today Friday at 20.00 HT-Time. One battle of the ratings giants, Sweden vs USA. Could be the best match ever to have been played in Hattrick! Sweden obvious favourites, as always. The other semifinal is between Poland and Norge. Can the tall viking and head specialist Nils Frigaard win the game for Norge again? Or can Poland once more shock the HT world and make it all the way to the Sunday grande finale?
06.12.2002 Poland to World Cup final against Sweden!
Poland did it again - they beat Norway in the semifinal and are playing World Cup final against Sweden. Sweden had a comfortable journey against the US, completely dominating the midfield. The Poland vs Sweden game is on Sunday, at 20.00 HT-Time as usual. The Norway and US players will return from World Cup II in Argentina with bronze medals and a memorable moment in the spotlights of the Hattrick World.
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 ·