2002 FIFA World Cup qualification

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2002 FIFA World Cup qualification
Tournament details
Dates 4 March 2000 – 25 November 2001
Teams 199 (from 6 confederations)
Tournament statistics
Matches played 777
Goals scored 2,452 (3.16 per match)
1998
2006

The 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification competition was a series of tournaments organised by the six FIFA confederations. Each confederation — the AFC (Asia), CAF (Africa), CONCACAF (North, Central America and Caribbean), CONMEBOL (South America), OFC (Oceania), and UEFA (Europe) — was allocated a certain number of the 32 places at the tournament. A total of 199 teams entered the 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification rounds, competing for a total of 32 spots in the final tournament. South Korea and Japan, as the co-hosts, and France, as the defending champions, qualified automatically, leaving 29 spots open for competition.

Qualified teams[edit]

Final qualification status
  Country qualified for World Cup
  Country failed to qualify
  Country did not enter World Cup
  Country not a FIFA member
Team Method of
qualification
Date of
qualification
Finals
appearance
Last
appearance
Consecutive
finals
appearances
Previous best
performance
FIFA ranking
at start of event
 Japan Host 31 May 1996 2nd 1998 2 Group Stage (1998) 32
 South Korea Host 31 May 1996 6th 1998 5 Group Stage (1954, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998) 40
 France Defending Champions 12 July 1998 11th 1998 2 Winners (1998) 1
 Cameroon CAF Final Round Group A Winners 1 July 2001 5th 1998 4 Quarter Finals (1990) 17
 South Africa CAF Final Round Group E Winners 1 July 2001 2nd 1998 2 Group Stage (1998) 37
 Tunisia CAF Final Round Group D Winners 15 July 2001 3rd 1998 2 Group Stage (1978, 1998) 31
 Senegal CAF Final Round Group C Winners 21 July 2001 1st 1 42
 Nigeria CAF Final Round Group B Winners 29 July 2001 3rd 1998 3 Round of 16 (1994, 1998) 27
 Argentina CONMEBOL Robin Round Round Robin Winners 15 August 2001 13th 1998 8 Winners (1978, 1986) 3
 Poland UEFA Group 5 Winners 1 September 2001 6th 1998 1 Third Place (1974, 1982) 38
 Sweden UEFA Group 4 Winners 5 September 2001 10th 1994 1 Runners-Up (1958) 19
 Spain UEFA Group 7 Winners 5 September 2001 11th 1998 7 Fourth Place (1950) 8
 Costa Rica CONCACAF Final Round Winners 5 September 2001 2nd 1990 1 Round of 16 (1990) 29
 Russia UEFA Group 1 Winners 6 October 2001 9th [nb 1] 1994 1 Fourth Place (1966) 28
 Portugal UEFA Group 2 Winners 6 October 2001 3rd 1986 1 Third Place (1966) 5
 Denmark UEFA Group 3 Winners 6 October 2001 3rd 1998 2 Quarter Finals (1998) 20
 Croatia UEFA Group 6 Winners 6 October 2001 2nd 1998 2 Quarter Finals (1998) 21
 Italy UEFA Group 8 Winners 6 October 2001 15th 1998 11 Winners (1934, 1938, 1982) 6
 England UEFA Group 9 Winners 6 October 2001 11th 1998 2 Winners (1966) 12
 China PR AFC Second Round Group B Winners 7 October 2001 1st 1 50
 United States CONCACAF Final Round Runners-Up 7 October 2001 7th 1998 4 Third Place (1930) 13
 Saudi Arabia AFC Second Round Group A Winners 21 October 2001 3rd 1998 3 Round of 16 (1994) 34
 Paraguay CONMEBOL Robin Round 4th Place 8 November 2001 6th 1998 2 Round of 16 (1986, 1998) 18
 Mexico CONCACAF Final Round 3rd Place 11 November 2001 12th 1998 3 Quarter Finals (1970, 1986) 7
 Belgium UEFA play-off Winners 14 November 2001 11th 1998 6 Fourth Place (1986) 23
 Germany UEFA play-off Winners 14 November 2001 15th 1998 12 Winners (1954, 1974, 1990) 11
 Slovenia UEFA play-off Winners 14 November 2001 1st 1 25
 Turkey UEFA play-off Winners 14 November 2001 2nd 1954 1 Group Stage (1954) 22
 Ecuador CONMEBOL Robin Round Runners-Up 14 November 2001 1st 1 36
 Brazil CONMEBOL Robin Round 3rd Place 14 November 2001 17th 1998 17 Winners (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994) 2
Republic of Ireland Ireland UEFA-AFC play-off Winners 15 November 2001 3rd 1994 1 Quarter Finals (1990) 15
 Uruguay CONMEBOL v OFC play-off Winners 25 November 2001 10th 1990 1 Winners (1930, 1950) 24
1Includes 10 appearances by DFB representing West Germany between 1954 and 1990. Excludes 1 appearance by DVF representing East Germany between 1954 and 1990.
2Excludes appearances by USSR. If those are counted together, this is their 9th appearance.

Qualification process[edit]

The 32 spots available in the 2002 World Cup would be distributed among the continental zones as follows:

  • Europe (UEFA): 14.5 places, 1 of them went to automatic qualifier France, while the other 13.5 places were contested by 50 teams. The winner of the 0.5 place would advance to the intercontinental play-offs (against a team from AFC)
  • South America (CONMEBOL): 4.5 places, contested by 10 teams. The winner of the 0.5 place would advance to the intercontinental play-offs (against a team from OFC).
  • North, Central America and Caribbean (CONCACAF): 3 places, contested by 35 teams.
  • Africa (CAF): 5 places, contested by 51 teams.
  • Asia (AFC): 4.5 places, 2 of them went to automatic qualifiers South Korea and Japan, while the other 2.5 places were contested by 40 teams. The winner of the 0.5 place would advance to the intercontinental play-offs (against a team from UEFA).
  • Oceania (OFC): 0.5 place, contested by 10 teams. The winner of the 0.5 place would advance to the intercontinental play-offs (against a team from CONMEBOL).

A total of 193 teams played at least one qualifying match. A total of 777 qualifying matches were played, and 2452 goals were scored (an average of 3.17 per match).

Confederation qualification[edit]

AFC[edit]

The Asian Football Confederation was allocated four qualifying berths for the 2002 FIFA World Cup, and one place in a play-off, however South Korea and Japan, the co-hosts, qualified automatically, leaving 2.5 spots open for competition between 40 teams. Myanmar withdrew from the tournament after being placed in Group 2 but before any matches had been played, therefore reducing the group to 3 teams.

Afghanistan, Bhutan, North Korea and Timor-Leste did not participate in the qualification process.

Asia's two remaining automatic qualifying berths were taken by Saudi Arabia and China. Iran failed to become a third Asian representative in the World Cup after losing their AFC/UEFA playoff against Republic of Ireland.

There were three rounds of play:

  • First Stage: The 39 teams were divided into 9 groups of 4 teams each, and 1 group of 3 teams. The teams played against each other twice, except in Group 2, where the teams played against each other once. The group winners would advance to the Final Round.
  • Second Stage: The 10 teams were divided into 2 groups of 5 teams. The teams played against each other on a home-and-away basis. The group winners would qualify. The runners-up would advance to the AFC Play-off.
  • Play-off: The 2 teams played against each other on a home-and-away basis. The winner would advance to the UEFA/AFC Intercontinental Play-off.
Legend
Countries that qualified for the 2002 World Cup
Countries that advanced to the Play-off for 3rd place

Final positions (Second Round)[edit]

Group A Group B
Team Pld Pts
 Saudi Arabia 8 17
 Iran 8 15
 Bahrain 8 10
 Iraq 8 7
 Thailand 8 4
Team Pld Pts
 China PR 8 19
 United Arab Emirates 8 11
 Uzbekistan 8 10
 Qatar 8 9
 Oman 8 6

AFC Play-off[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Iran  4–0  United Arab Emirates 1–0 3–0

CAF[edit]

The Confederation of African Football was allocated five qualifying berths for the 2002 FIFA World Cup.

51 teams entered the qualification process, however Burundi withdrew before the draw was made. In addition, Niger and Comoros did not participate in the qualification process. Guinea was excluded from the competition during the Final Round for government interference with its national association.

Africa's five automatic qualifying berths were taken by Cameroon, Senegal, Tunisia, South Africa, and Nigeria.

There were two rounds of play:

  • First Round: The 50 teams were divided into 5 pools of 10 teams each. In each pool, the 10 teams were paired up to play knockout matches on a home-and-away basis. The winners advanced to the Final Round.
  • Final Round: The 25 teams were divided into 5 groups of 5 teams each. The teams played against each other on a home-and-away basis. The group winners qualified.
Legend
Countries that qualified for the 2002 World Cup

Final positions (Final Round)[edit]

Group A Group B Group C
Team Pld Pts
 Cameroon 8 19
 Angola 8 13
 Zambia 8 11
 Togo 8 9
 Libya 8 2
Team Pld Pts
 Nigeria 8 16
 Liberia 8 15
 Sudan 8 12
 Ghana 8 11
 Sierra Leone 8 4
Team Pld Pts
 Senegal 8 15
 Morocco 8 15
 Egypt 8 13
 Algeria 8 8
 Namibia 8 2
Group D Group E
Team Pld Pts
 Tunisia 8 20
 Ivory Coast 8 15
 DR Congo 8 10
 Madagascar 8 6
 Congo 8 5
Team Pld Pts
 South Africa 6 16
 Zimbabwe 6 12
 Burkina Faso 6 5
 Malawi 6 1
 Guinea 0 0

CONCACAF[edit]

A total of 35 CONCACAF teams entered the competition. Mexico, USA, Jamaica and Costa Rica, the four highest-ranked teams according to FIFA, received byes and advanced to the semi-finals, while Canada advanced to the play-offs . The remaining teams were divided into zones, based on geographical locations, as follows: Caribbean Zone: The 24 teams were divided into groups of eight teams each. The teams played in a three-round knockout tournament. The winners would advance to the semi-finals, while the runners-up would advance to the play-offs. Central American Zone: The six teams are divided into groups of three teams each. The teams played against each other. The winners of the group would advance to the semi-finals, while the runners-up would advance to the play-offs. In the play-offs, the six teams were paired up to play knockout matches on a home-and-away basis. A team from North or Central America would play against a team from the Caribbean, and the winners would advance to the semi-finals.

In the semi-finals, the 12 teams were divided into three groups of four teams each. They played against each other on a home-and-away basis. The group winners and runners-up would advance to the final round.

In the final round, the six teams played against each other on a home-and-away basis. The top three teams would qualify for the 2002 FIFA World Cup.

Legend
Countries that qualified for the 2002 World Cup

Final positions (Final Round)[edit]

Team Pld Pts
 Costa Rica 10 23
 Mexico 10 17
 United States 10 17
 Honduras 10 14
 Jamaica 10 8
 Trinidad and Tobago 10 5

CONMEBOL[edit]

A total of 10 CONMEBOL teams entered the competition. The South American zone was allocated 4.5 places (out of 32) in the final tournament.

The 10 teams played against each other on a home-and-away basis. The top 4 teams qualified. The 5th-placed team advanced to the CONMEBOL / OFC Intercontinental Play-off.

Legend
Countries that qualified for the 2002 World Cup

Final positions[edit]

Team Pld Pts
 Argentina 18 43
 Ecuador 18 31
 Brazil 18 30
 Paraguay 18 30
 Uruguay 18 27
 Colombia 18 27
 Bolivia 18 18
 Peru 18 16
 Venezuela 18 16
 Chile 18 12

OFC[edit]

A total of 34 teams entered the competition. The Oceanian zone was allocated 0.5 places (out of 8766) in the final tournament.

There would be two rounds of play:

  • First Round: The 10 teams were divided into two groups of five teams each. The teams played against each other once. The group winners would advance to the Final Round.
  • Final Round: The two teams played against each other on a home-and-away basis. The winner would advance to the CONMEBOL/OFC Intercontinental Play-off.

Australia's 31–0 win over American Samoa established a World Cup record for the highest margin of victory in a qualifying match.

Final positions (Final Round)[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
New Zealand  1–6  Australia 0–2 1–4

UEFA[edit]

A total of 51 UEFA teams entered the competition. The European zone was allocated 14.5 places (out of 32) in the final tournament. France, the defending champions, qualified automatically leaving 13.5 spots open for competition between 50 teams.

The 50 teams were divided into nine groups, five groups of six teams and four groups of five teams. The teams played against each other on a home-and-away basis. The group winners would qualify. Among the runners-up, the runner-up of Group 2 was drawn randomly to advance to the UEFA–AFC Intercontinental play-off. The other runners-up would advance to the UEFA play-offs.

In the play-offs, the eight teams were paired up to play knockout matches on a home-and-away basis. The four aggregate winners qualified. The qualifying process started on 2 September 2000, After UEFA Euro 2000, and ended on 14 November 2001.

Legend
Countries that qualified for the 2002 World Cup
Countries that advanced to the Play-offs

Final positions (First Round)[edit]

Group 1 Group 2 Group 3
Team Pld Pts
 Russia 10 23
 Slovenia 10 20
 Yugoslavia 10 19
  Switzerland 10 14
 Faroe Islands 10 7
 Luxembourg 10 0
Team Pld Pts
 Portugal 10 24
 Republic of Ireland 10 24
 Netherlands 10 20
 Estonia 10 8
 Cyprus 10 8
 Andorra 10 0
Team Pld Pts
 Denmark 10 22
 Czech Republic 10 20
 Bulgaria 10 17
 Iceland 10 13
 Northern Ireland 10 11
 Malta 10 1
Group 4 Group 5 Group 6
Team Pld Pts
 Sweden 10 26
 Turkey 10 21
 Slovakia 10 17
 Macedonia 10 7
 Moldova 10 6
 Azerbaijan 10 5
Team Pld Pts
 Poland 10 21
 Ukraine 10 17
 Belarus 10 15
 Norway 10 10
 Wales 10 9
 Armenia 10 5
Team Pld Pts
 Croatia 8 18
 Belgium 8 17
 Scotland 8 15
 Latvia 8 4
 San Marino 8 1
Group 7 Group 8 Group 9
Team Pld Pts
 Spain 8 20
 Austria 8 15
 Israel 8 12
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 8 8
 Liechtenstein 8 0
Team Pld Pts
 Italy 8 20
 Romania 8 16
 Georgia 8 10
 Hungary 8 8
 Lithuania 8 2
Team Pld Pts
 England 8 17
 Germany 8 17
 Finland 8 12
 Greece 8 7
 Albania 8 3

Play-offs[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Belgium  2–0  Czech Republic 1–0 1–0
Ukraine  2–5  Germany 1–1 1–4
Slovenia  3–2  Romania 2–1 1–1
Austria  0–6  Turkey 0–1 0–5

Inter-confederation play-offs[edit]

There were two scheduled inter-confederation playoffs to determine the final two qualification spots to the finals. The first legs were played on 10 and 20 November 2001, and the second legs were played on 15 and 25 November 2001.[1]

AFC 3rd Place v UEFA Best Runners-up[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Republic of Ireland  2–1  Iran 2–0 0–1

CONMEBOL 5th place v OFC winner[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Australia  1–3  Uruguay 1–0 0–3

Notes[edit]

  • On their way to the 2002 FIFA World Cup, Brazil endured their worst qualifying campaign ever, losing 6 matches (the only time so far they lost more than 2 games in a qualifying campaign) and finishing 3rd of the South American qualifying group (the only time so far they have not emerged as leaders of their qualifying group). However, Brazil went on to win the 2002 World Cup with a record-breaking tally of 7 wins in 7 matches in the final competition, without facing extra time or penalty shoot-outs. The following teams also won all their final competition matches: Uruguay in 1930 (4 games), Italy in 1938 (4 games, among which 1 game won after extra time), Brazil in 1970 (6 games) and France in 1998 (7 games, among which one game was won in added extra time by a golden goal and one game was won on penalties). In 1970, Brazil had also won all of their 6 preliminary competition matches. Uruguay did not play any preliminary round for 1930, as there was none, and Italy did not either for 1938 as they were automatically qualified for the World Cup as title holders.
  • Germany lost a World Cup qualifying match for the second time only on 1 September 2001, when they were defeated 1–5 by England in Munich. They had played 62 World Cup qualifying matches before (47 wins, 14 draws, 1 loss). Apart from Germany, no team having played more than 20 World Cup qualifying matches have lost less than 3 of them. Oddly, their first loss ever in a World Cup qualifier also took place while playing home, in Stuttgart, against Portugal in 1985.
  • Australia netted 31 goals against newcomers American Samoa, setting the record of the highest-scoring match and biggest margin of victory in an international match ever. This was only two days after Australia thrashed Tonga 22–0, a then international record. Also, Archie Thompson's 13 goals in the match against American Samoa surpassed the previous record of 10.
  • Souleymane Mamam of Togo became the youngest player ever to play in a World Cup qualifying match at the age of 13 years and 310 days in the match against Zambia, in Lomé, in May 2001. He subbed in for Komlan Assignon, three minutes from full-time.
  • The fastest-ever hat-trick in an "A" international was set when Abdul Hamid Bassiouny of Egypt needed only 177 seconds to bag his three goals in a game against Namibia.
  • Switzerland's Kubilay Türkyilmaz scored a hat trick exclusively from penalties against the Faroe Islands. Brazil's Ronaldo equaled this against Argentina in his team's 3–1 win in the 2006 World Cup qualifying round.
  • This was the first and, to date, only time that Germany qualified for a FIFA World Cup after playing qualifying play-offs.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ This is the 2nd appearance of Russia at the FIFA World Cup. However FIFA considers Russia as the successor team of the USSR.

External links[edit]

  1. ^ "International match Calendar 2013–2018" (PDF). FIFA. 1 May 2013. Retrieved 23 November 2013.