2002 FIFA World Cup qualification

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2002 FIFA World Cup qualification
Tournament details
Teams 199 (from 6 confederations)
Tournament statistics
Matches played 777
Goals scored 2452 (3.16 per match)
1998
2006

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.

Spots distribution[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).

Continental zones[edit]

To see the dates and results of the qualification rounds for each continental zone, click on the following articles:

Group 1 – Russia qualified. Slovenia advanced to the UEFA play-offs.
Group 2 – Portugal qualified. Republic of Ireland advanced to the UEFA–AFC intercontinental play-off
Group 3 – Denmark qualified. Czech Republic advanced to the UEFA play-offs.
Group 4 – Sweden qualified. Turkey advanced to the UEFA play-offs.
Group 5 – Poland qualified. Ukraine advanced to the UEFA play-offs.
Group 6 – Croatia qualified. Belgium advanced to the UEFA play-offs.
Group 7 – Spain qualified. Austria advanced to the UEFA play-offs.
Group 8 – Italy qualified. Romania advanced to the UEFA play-offs.
Group 9 – England qualified. Germany advanced to the UEFA play-offs.
Play-offs – Belgium, Germany, Slovenia and Turkey qualified over Czech Republic, Ukraine, Romania, and Austria respectively.
Argentina, Ecuador, Brazil and Paraguay qualified. Uruguay advanced to the CONMEBOL–OFC intercontinental play-off.
Costa Rica, Mexico and USA qualified.
Group A – Cameroon qualified.
Group B – Nigeria qualified.
Group C – Senegal qualified.
Group D – Tunisia qualified.
Group E – South Africa qualified.
Group A – Saudi Arabia qualified. Iran advanced to the AFC play-off.
Group B – China PR qualified. United Arab Emirates advanced to the AFC play-off.
Play-off – Iran advanced to the UEFA–AFC intercontinental play-off over United Arab Emirates.
Australia advanced to the CONMEBOL–OFC intercontinental play-off.

Intercontinental play-offs[edit]

The teams would play against each other on a home-and-away basis. The winner would qualify.

UEFA–AFC intercontinental play-off[edit]

2001-11-10
18:00 UTC±0
Republic of Ireland  2–0  Iran
Harte Goal 44' (pen.)
Keane Goal 50'
(Report)
Lansdowne Road, Dublin
Attendance: 36,538
Referee: Antonio Pereira da Silva (Brazil)

2001-11-15
17:30 UTC+3:30
Iran  1–0  Republic of Ireland
Golmohammadi Goal 90' (Report)
Azadi Stadium, Tehran
Attendance: 100,000
Referee: Mattus (Costa Rica)

Republic of Ireland qualified by the aggregate score of 2–1.

CONMEBOL–OFC intercontinental play-off[edit]

2001-11-20
20:15 UTC+11
Australia  1–0  Uruguay
Muscat Goal 78' (pen.) (Report)
Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
Attendance: 84,656
Referee: Cesari (Italy)

2001-11-25
16:00 UTC−3
Uruguay  3–0  Australia
Silva Goal 14'
Morales Goal 70'90'
(Report)
Estadio Centenario, Montevideo
Attendance: 62,000
Referee: Bujsaim (UAE)

Uruguay qualified by the aggregate score of 3–1.

Qualified teams[edit]

The following 32 teams qualified for the 2002 FIFA World Cup:

Final qualification status
  Country qualified for World Cup
  Country failed to qualify
  Country did not enter World Cup
  Country not a FIFA member
Team Qualified as Qualification date Appearance
in finals
Consecutive
Streak
Previous best performance
 Japan (h) Host 0031 May 1996 2nd 2 Group Stage (1998)
 South Korea (h) Host 0031 May 1996 6th 5 Group Stage (1954, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998)
 France (c) Defending Champions 0012 July 1998 11th 2 Winners (1998)
 Cameroon CAF Final Round Group A Winners 1 July 2001 5th 4 Quarter Finals (1990)
 South Africa CAF Final Round Group E Winners 1 July 2001 2nd 2 Group Stage (1998)
 Tunisia CAF Final Round Group D Winners 15 July 2001 3rd 2 Group Stage (1978, 1998)
 Senegal CAF Final Round Group C Winners 21 July 2001 1st 1
 Nigeria CAF Final Round Group B Winners 29 July 2001 3rd 3 Round of 16 (1994, 1998)
 Argentina CONMEBOL Winners 15 August 2001 13rd 8 Winners (1978, 1986)
 Poland UEFA Group 5 Winners 1 September 2001 6th 1 Third Place (1974, 1982)
 Sweden UEFA Group 4 Winners 5 September 2001 10th 1 Runners-Up (1958)
 Spain UEFA Group 7 Winners 5 September 2001 11th 7 Fourth Place (1950)
 Costa Rica CONCACAF Final Round Winners 5 September 2001 2nd 1 Round of 16 (1990)
 Russia UEFA Group 1 Winners 156 October 2001 9th[nb 1] 1 Fourth place (1966)[nb 2]
 Portugal UEFA Group 2 Winners 6 October 2001 3rd 1 Third Place (1966)
 Denmark UEFA Group 3 Winners 6 October 2001 3rd 2 Quarter Finals (1998)
 Croatia UEFA Group 6 Winners 6 October 2001 2nd 2 Third Place (1998)
 Italy UEFA Group 8 Winners 6 October 2001 15th 11 Winners (1934, 1938, 1982)
 England UEFA Group 9 Winners 6 October 2001 11th 2 Winners (1966)
 China PR AFC Second Round Group B Winners 7 October 2001 1st 1
 United States CONCACAF Final Round Runners-Up 7 October 2001 7th 4 Third Place (1930)
 Saudi Arabia AFC Second Round Group A Winners 21 October 2001 3rd 3 Round of 16 (1994)
 Paraguay CONMEBOL Fourth Place 8 November 2001 6th 2 Round of 16 (1986, 1998)
 Mexico CONCACAF Final Round Third Place 11 November 2001 12th 3 Quarter Finals (1970, 1986)
 Belgium UEFA Play-off Winners 14 November 2001 11th 6 Fourth Place (1986)
 Germany UEFA Play-off Winners 14 November 2001 15th 12 Winners (1954, 1974, 1990)
 Slovenia UEFA Play-off Winners 14 November 2001 1st 1
 Turkey UEFA Play-off Winners 14 November 2001 2nd 1 Group Stage (1954)
 Ecuador CONMEBOL Runners-Up 14 November 2001 1st 1
 Brazil CONMEBOL Third Place 14 November 2001 17th 17 Winners (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994)
 Republic of Ireland UEFA v AFC play-off Winners 15 November 2001 3rd 1 Quarter Finals (1990)
 Uruguay CONMEBOL v OFC play-off Winners 25 November 2001 10th 1 Winners (1930, 1950)

(h) – qualified automatically as co-hosts

(c) – qualified automatically as defending champions

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.

Notes[edit]

  • On their way to World Cup 2002, 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 World Cup 2002 with a record-breaking tally of 7 wins in 7 matches in the final competition, without facing extra time nor penalty shootouts. 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.
  • 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 3rd appearance of Russia at the FIFA World Cup. However FIFA considers Russia as the successor team of the USSR.
  2. ^ Russia's best result is group stage in 1994. However FIFA considers Russia as the successor team of the USSR.

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