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.
Round I - Qualification
This round started on 19/03/2004 20:00.
This round started on 13/08/2004 20:00 and was played in España.
This round started on 17/09/2004 20:00:00 and was played in España.
This round started on 27/09/2004 20:00 and was played in España.
This round started on 08/10/2004 20:00 and was played in España.
This round starts on 10/10/2004 20:00 and was played in España.
|New World Cup Format
|The currently ongoing World Cup (and the upcoming U-20 World Cup next season) will be the last to be played with the current format. A new system for qualification and World Cup, that hopefully will add more fun and interest around the world, and more fairness to all, will then take over. Read all about The New World Cup Format
|Next World Cup in Spain
|The qualifiers for the next World Cup starts Friday March 19. World Cup host will be Spain (España) this time. As previously stated, this will be the first tournament played with the new World Cup format. It was previously planned that the World Cup qualifiers was to start this friday, but we've decided to give another week for the new national coaches elected to get accustomed to their team and the dust to settle after last World Cup. March 19 it is.
|Hattrick World Cup V
|After the qualification round last season it is now time for the real deal! Tonight, 32 nations will battle it out in some interesting clashes in España.
Will the Norwegians deliver this year as well?
|Important matches in the World Cup
|Right now we're in the middle of round IV, the last group stages deciding which four teams will reach the semi-finals. In the first group, Sweden, Oceania, Polska and England are fighting for two places in the semis, and in the second group Norge, Suomi, România and Danmark are fighting for the other two. Two matches remain to be played, Friday and Monday.
|Time for the semi-finals
|There are now only four teams left in the WC after an exciting finish in the last group stage, where two completely decisive matches were played in the last round. England took the necessary point against Oceania in order to reach the semis and Norge managed to find a hole in Romania's strong defensive wall for a 1-0 win.
England will now be facing the lions from Suomi, and Norge will face Sverige. Will Sverige get their revenge for the loss in the last WC final?
|Sverige vs England in Sunday's final
|Sverige got their revenge on Norge and England taught Suomi a lesson, which means Sverige and England face each other in the final. The match starts Sunday at 20:00 HT-time.
|Sweden World Champions!
|Sweden came out victorious in tonight's World Cup final after beating England 6-1. Sweden effectively sealed the game taking a 2-0 lead as early as the 8th minute.
Tomas Månsson scored a Hattrick but perhaps the biggest heroes of the day were Tomas Sjösjö and Ulf "Opp" Johansson who both secured their third World Cups and on top of that also have a silver medal each.
Congratulations to Sweden and especially to the manager wilmerx!