World Cup IV

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World Cup IV
Tournament details
Host  USA
Season(s) Season 21
Teams 40
Final positions
Champions  Norge
Runner-up  Sverige
Semi-finalists  România
 Danmark 
Tournament statistics
Matches played 63 
Goals scored Olav Abelsen
10 goals
Goalscorer List
WC III WC V

This was the fourth and final cup in which the qualification was not group-based. This system allowed the cup to be held over the span of one season, instead of two. 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-qualification round the biggest surprises were when #40 Malaysia flattened #9 España 6-1 and #36 South Africa held an early lead to beat #13 Oceania 1-0. Other memorable moments were #15 México's 2-1 win in a penalty shoot out that saw 10 missed penalties before the 6th shot taker for México finally put home the goal, and when #20 Magyarország scored two consecutive goals in the 81st and 87th minutes to win 4-3 over #29 Česká republika. The experienced Polish team scored goal in last minute of the match for tenderfoot Israel team.

In the qualification round México won yet again in penalties. This time the 3rd shooter for México put home the 2-1 goal to win over #33 Indonesia. Also #23 France held off a 2nd half comeback by Magyarország to win 2-1.

In Round II only thing separating #3 seed Scotland and #1 seed England in Group 3 was their mutual match, where Scotland was better by 1-0. Winner of the group was #4 seed Danmark leaving #2 seed Nederland last. In this match ((13812865)) were 3 goals at 44th minutes.

Semi-finals saw a thriller when Norge beat România 2-1 with a 92nd minute goal. Sverige won their semi 2-0 as expected putting the nail into Danmark's coffin just after halftime. This set up the grounds for one of the most exciting matches in World Cup history. In the final Norge used two Offensive Central Defenders to boost their midfield. They won the midfield and thus took the gold home. This was the first World Cup in which Sverige did not earn a gold medal.

Direct Qualification


Pre-Qualification

This round started on 16-01-2004 at 20:00:00 and was played in USA.

ID Match Result
(13677190)  España 1 - 6  Malaysia
(13677191)  Norge 3 - 1  Schweiz
(13677192)  Polska 1 - 0  Israel
(13677193)  Italia 0 - 1  Türkiye
(13677194)  Oceania 0 - 1  South Africa
(13677195)  Danmark 3 - 1  Latvija
(13677196)  México 1 - 1 (1-0p)  Hrvatska
(13677198)  Belgium 0 - 1  Indonesia
(13677199)  Österreich 3 - 0  Venezuela
(13677200)  Scotland 3 - 0  Hellas
(13677201)  Portugal 0 - 2  Ireland
(13677202)  Magyarország 4 - 3  Česká republika
(13677203)  Brasil 2 - 0  Argentina
(13677204)  Rossiya 3 - 1  Srbija i Crna Gora
(13677205)  France 2 - 0  India
(13677206)  China 3 - 2  Chile


Qualification

This round started on 23-01-2004 at 20:00:00 and was played in USA.

ID Match Result
(13743435)  Norge 3 - 0  Malaysia
(13743436)  Polska 2 - 1  Türkiye
(13743437)  Danmark 1 - 0  South Africa
(13743438)  México 1 - 1 (1-0p)  Indonesia
(13743439)  Österreich 4 - 0  Ireland
(13743440)  Scotland 2 - 0  China
(13743441)  Magyarország 1 - 2  France
(13743442)  Brasil 3 - 0  Rossiya


Round II

This round started on 30-01-2004 at 20:00:00 and was played in USA.

Group 1

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Sverige 7 3 2 1 0 9 2 +7
 Norge 5 3 1 2 0 11 4 +7
 Suomi 4 3 1 1 1 4 4 ±0
 France 0 3 0 0 3 0 14 -14


ID Match Result Date and Time
(13812846)  Sverige 2 - 2  Norge 30-01-2004 at 20.00
(13812847)  Suomi 2 - 0  France

(13812848)  Sverige 5 - 0  France 06-02-2004 at 20.00
(13812849)  Suomi 2 - 2  Norge

(13812850)  Sverige 2 - 0  Suomi 13-02-2004 at 20.00
(13812851)  Norge 7 - 0  France

Group 2

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Canada 9 3 3 0 0 5 1 +4
 Deutschland 6 3 2 0 1 5 4 +1
 Polska 1 3 0 1 2 1 4 -3
 Brasil 1 3 0 1 2 3 5 -2


ID Match Result Date and Time
(13812852)  Canada 2 - 0  Polska 30-01-2004 at 20.00
(13812853)  Deutschland 3 - 2  Brasil

(13812854)  Canada 1 - 0  Brasil 06-02-2004 at 20.00
(13812855)  Deutschland 1 - 0  Polska

(13812856)  Canada 2 - 1  Deutschland 13-02-2004 at 20.00
(13812857)  Polska 1 - 1  Brasil

Group 3

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Danmark 6 3 2 0 1 5 2 +3
 Scotland 4 3 1 1 1 3 3 ±0
 England 4 3 1 1 1 3 3 ±0
 Nederland 2 3 0 2 1 3 6 -3


ID Match Result Date and Time
(13812858)  England 2 - 1  Danmark 30-01-2004 at 20.00
(13812859)  Nederland 2 - 2  Scotland

(13812860)  England 0 - 1  Scotland 06-02-2004 at 20.00
(13812861)  Nederland 0 - 3  Danmark

(13812862)  England 1 - 1  Nederland 13-02-2004 at 20.00
(13812863)  Danmark 1 - 0  Scotland

Group 4

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 România 9 3 3 0 0 6 2 +4
 USA 4 3 1 1 1 3 2 +1
 Österreich 3 3 1 0 2 3 6 -3
 México 1 3 0 1 2 0 2 -2


ID Match Result Date and Time
(13812864)  România 1 - 0  México 30-01-2004 at 20.00
(13812865)  USA 3 - 0  Österreich

(13812866)  România 3 - 2  Österreich 06-02-2004 at 20.00
(13812867)  USA 0 - 0  México

(13812868)  România 2 - 0  USA 13-02-2004 at 20.00
(13812869)  México 0 - 1  Österreich


Round III

This round started on 16-02-2004 at 20:00:00 and was played in USA.

Group 1

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 România 9 3 3 0 0 10 2 +8
 Danmark 3 3 1 0 2 9 6 +3
 Deutschland 3 3 1 0 2 3 7 -4
 Scotland 3 3 1 0 2 3 10 -7


ID Match Result Date and Time
(14022721)  România 4 - 0  Deutschland 16-02-2004 at 20.00
(14022723)  Danmark 6 - 1  Scotland

(14022724)  România 3 - 0  Scotland 20-02-2004 at 20.00
(14022725)  Danmark 1 - 2  Deutschland

(14022726)  România 3 - 2  Danmark 23-02-2004 at 20.00
(14022727)  Deutschland 1 - 2  Scotland

Group 2

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Sverige 7 3 2 1 0 6 1 +5
 Norge 5 3 1 2 0 6 3 +3
 Canada 4 3 1 1 1 4 6 -2
 USA 0 3 0 0 3 1 7 -6


ID Match Result Date and Time
(14022728)  Canada 2 - 2  Norge 16-02-2004 at 20.00
(14022729)  Sverige 2 - 0  USA

(14022730)  Canada 1 - 0  USA 20-02-2004 at 20.00
(14022731)  Sverige 0 - 0  Norge

(14022732)  Canada 1 - 4  Sverige 23-02-2004 at 20.00
(14022733)  Norge 4 - 1  USA


Knockout Stage

Semi-Finals

This round started on 27-02-2004 20:00:00 and was played in USA.

ID Match Result
(14140868)  România 1 - 1
1 - 2 aet
 Norge
(14140869)  Danmark 0 - 2  Sverige

aet = after extra time

Final

This round started on 29-02-2004 at 20:00:00 and was played in USA.

ID Match Result
(14287675)  Sverige 2 - 4  Norge

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HT Annoucements

13.1.2004 World Cup!
This friday at 20.00 HT-time the kick-off for the World Cup takes place in the US. Will Sweden be thrown off the throne for the National Teams like with the U20s? One of the main contenders will probably be the hosting US team.

Good luck to all managers and may the best team win!

17.1.2004 4 Giants gone already
The first qualification round to the World Cup, played tonight, saw some spectacular results, as 4 of the 6 largest countries were knocked out already: Indonesia beat Belgium with 50 times (!) as many users. The Swiss were beaten by (admittedly strong) Norway. In a classic meet between arch-rivals, third largest HT nation Argentina was beaten by Brasil (which is only a tenth the size of Argentina in HT). Finally, 4th largest nation España was demolished by Malaysia with amazing 6 - 1.
30.1.2004 World Cup Kickoff!
Tonight the World Cup IV in USA takes off with the first round of the league play. Sweden faces Norway, a classic rivalry between neighbors. Canada-Polska in Group 2 and England-Denmark in Group 3 also promises to be interesting games tonight. Kickoff is at 20:00 HT-time.
29.2.2004 Norway World Champions!
In spite of the Swedes being in the lead with both 1 - 0 and 2 - 1, Norge managed to turn the game around, much thanks to Karsten Hammer who scored a Hattrick. Eventually Norge won with 4 - 2, having dominated both halves of the game. National Coach of Norge is Snylte, who is bound to be a national hero in Norway after his masterful coaching in the World Cup, that ended Sweden's dominance over the Hattrick World. Congrats from all of the HT-Team to an amazing victory!
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 ·