2003 FIFA Confederations Cup

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2003 FIFA Confederations Cup
Coupe des Confédérations 2003
2003 FIFA Confederations Cup.jpg
Tournament details
Host countryFrance
Dates18 June – 29 June
Teams8 (from 6 confederations)
Venue(s)3 (in 3 host cities)
Final positions
Champions France (2nd title)
Runners-up Cameroon
Third place Turkey
Fourth place Colombia
Tournament statistics
Matches played16
Goals scored37 (2.31 per match)
Attendance491,700 (30,731 per match)
Top scorer(s)France Thierry Henry (4 goals)
Best player(s)France Thierry Henry
Fair play award Japan

The 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup football tournament was the sixth FIFA Confederations Cup, held in France in June 2003. France retained the title they had won in 2001, but the tournament was overshadowed by the death of Cameroon player Marc-Vivien Foé, who died of heart failure in his side's semi-final against Colombia. Foé's death united the France and Cameroon teams in the final match, which was played even though team players from both sides had explicitly stated that the match should not be played out of respect for Foé. France went on to win the trophy with a golden goal from Thierry Henry.

At the presentation of medals and trophies, two Cameroon players held a gigantic photo of Foé, and a runner-up medal was hung to the edge of the photo. When French captain Marcel Desailly was presented with the Confederations Cup, he did not lift it up high, but held it in unison with Cameroon captain Rigobert Song. Foé finished third in media voting for player of the tournament and was posthumously awarded the Bronze Ball at its conclusion.

Qualified teams[edit]

2003 FIFA Confederations Cup participating teams
Red – Participated in Group A
Blue – Participated in Group B
Team Confederation Qualification method Date qualification secured Participation no.
 France UEFA UEFA Euro 2000 winners
2 July 2000
24 September 2002
 Brazil CONMEBOL 2002 FIFA World Cup winners 30 June 2002 4th
 Japan AFC 2000 AFC Asian Cup winners 29 October 2000 3rd
 Colombia CONMEBOL 2001 Copa América winners 29 July 2001 1st
 United States CONCACAF 2002 CONCACAF Gold Cup winners 2 February 2002 3rd
 Cameroon CAF 2002 African Cup of Nations winners 10 February 2002 2nd
 Turkey UEFA 2002 FIFA World Cup third place1 29 June 2002 1st
 New Zealand OFC 2002 OFC Nations Cup winners 14 July 2002 2nd

1Italy, the UEFA Euro 2000 runners-up, declined to take part as did Germany, the 2002 FIFA World Cup runners-up. So did Spain, who were ranked second in the FIFA World Rankings at the time. They were replaced by Turkey, who came third in the 2002 FIFA World Cup.

Bid process[edit]

Five bids came before the deadline at 1 May 2002. Australia, Portugal and the United States put in single bids, while South Africa–Egypt and France–Switzerland put in joint bids. The France–Switzerland bid never materialized.[1][2]

The host was selected on 24 September 2002, during a meeting of FIFA's Executive Committee.[3]


The matches were played in:

Saint-Denis Lyon Saint-Étienne
Stade de France Stade de Gerland Stade Geoffroy-Guichard
Capacity: 80,000 Capacity: 41,200 Capacity: 36,000
Finale OGCN-ASNL.jpg Stade-Gerland-RWC2007.JPG Geoffroy Guichard ASSE.JPG

Match referees[edit]


For a list of all squads that appeared in the tournament, see 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup squads.

Group stage[edit]

Group A[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 France 3 3 0 0 8 1 +7 9
 Colombia 3 2 0 1 4 2 +2 6
 Japan 3 1 0 2 4 3 +1 3
 New Zealand 3 0 0 3 1 11 −10 0
New Zealand 0–3 Japan
Report Nakamura Goal 12'75'
Nakata Goal 65'
Attendance: 36,038
Referee: Coffi Codjia (Benin)

France 1–0 Colombia
Henry Goal 39' (pen.) Report
Attendance: 38,541

Colombia 3–1 New Zealand
López Goal 58'
Yepes Goal 75'
Hernández Goal 85'
Report de Gregorio Goal 27'
Attendance: 22,811

France 2–1 Japan
Pires Goal 43' (pen.)
Govou Goal 65'
Report Nakamura Goal 59'

France 5–0 New Zealand
Kapo Goal 17'
Henry Goal 20'
Cissé Goal 71'
Giuly Goal 90+1'
Pires Goal 90+3'
Attendance: 36,842
Referee: Masoud Moradi (Iran)

Japan 0–1 Colombia
Report Hernández Goal 68'

Group B[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Cameroon 3 2 1 0 2 0 +2 7
 Turkey 3 1 1 1 4 4 0 4
 Brazil 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 4
 United States 3 0 1 2 1 3 −2 1
Turkey 2–1 United States
Okan Y. Goal 40' (pen.)
Tuncay Goal 73'
Report Beasley Goal 37'

Brazil 0–1 Cameroon
Report Eto'o Goal 83'
Attendance: 46,719

Cameroon 1–0 Turkey
Geremi Goal 90+1' (pen.) Report

Brazil 1–0 United States
Adriano Goal 22' Report
Attendance: 20,306

Brazil 2–2 Turkey
Adriano Goal 23'
Alex Goal 90+3'
Report Gökdeniz Goal 53'
Okan Y. Goal 81'

United States 0–0 Cameroon
Attendance: 19,206

Knockout stage[edit]

26 June - Lyon
29 June - Saint-Denis
26 June - Saint-Denis
 France (asdet)1
Third place
28 June - Saint-Étienne


Cameroon 1–0 Colombia
Ndiefi Goal 9' Report
Attendance: 12,352
Referee: Markus Merk (Germany)

France 3–2 Turkey
Henry Goal 11'
Pires Goal 26'
Wiltord Goal 43'
Report Gökdeniz Goal 42'
Tuncay Goal 48'
Attendance: 41,195

Third place play-off[edit]

Colombia 1–2 Turkey
Hernández Goal 63' Report Tuncay Goal 2'
Okan Y. Goal 86'


Cameroon 0–1 (a.e.t.) France
Report Henry Golden goal 97'
Attendance: 51,985


Golden Ball[edit]

FIFA presents the Golden Ball award to the outstanding player of the competition, as voted by the media present at the tournament.

Awards Golden Ball Silver Ball Bronze Ball
Players Thierry Henry Tuncay Şanlı Marc-Vivien Foé
Team  France  Turkey  Cameroon
Votes 28% 15% 7%

Golden Shoe[edit]

FIFA presents the Golden Shoe award to the tournament's top goalscorer.

Awards Golden Shoe Silver Shoe Bronze Shoe
Players Thierry Henry Tuncay Şanlı[a] Shunsuke Nakamura[b]
Team  France  Turkey  Japan
Goals 4 3 3

FIFA Fair Play Award[edit]

FIFA presents the Fair Play Award to the team with the best fair play record, according to a points system and criteria founded by the FIFA Fair Play Committee.

Award FIFA Fair Play Award
Team  Japan
Total 895
Matches played 3
Maximum 1,000
  1. ^ Although four other players had three goals each, Tuncay received the Silver Shoe award as he was the only one of the five to have registered an assist in the competition.
  2. ^ Lowest number of minutes played (170). Giovanni Hernández, Robert Pires and Okan Yılmaz also produced/recorded three goals and zero assists.

Source: FIFA[4]


Thierry Henry received the Golden Shoe award for scoring four goals. In total, 37 goals were scored by 22 different players, with none of them credited as own goal.

4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal


  1. ^ "Egypt, South Africa gunning for 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup". panapress.com. 14 March 2002.
  2. ^ "USA bids to host 2003 Confederations Cup". socceramerica.com. 3 July 2002.
  3. ^ "FIFA Executive Committee designates France as hosts of 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup". FIFA. 24 September 2002.
  4. ^ "FIFA Confederations Cup official awards". Fédération Internationale de Football Association. Paris. 29 June 2003. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 July 2003. Retrieved 19 October 2017.

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