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France are the Confederations Cup Champions

FIFA President Joseph Blatter presents the Cup to French team players after France won the final against Japan 1-0 in the FIFA Confederations Cup Korea/Japan 2001
Photo by Kimimasa Mayama, Reuters
The World Champions France beat the surprise package of the tournament, the home team Japan by the only goal of the game to win the FIFA Confederations Cup and complete an unprecedented hat-trick of three major trophies in as many years. But they had to defend resolutely at times as Japan staged a second-half fightback to send their fans home encouraged about their chances for the World Cup on home soil in twelve months' time.

Pires sweeps the trophy board

Robert Pires (R) celebrates following France's victory in the final of the FIFA Confederations Cup against Japan at Yokohama.
Photo by Jacky Naegelen, Reuters
On top of the FIFA Confederations Cup trophy, French midfielder Robert Pires swept the board by winning the adidas Golden Ball award for the best player of the competition as well as sharing the Golden Shoe for the best scorer with his team-mate Eric Carrière.

Battle of the Giants
For the first time since the 1994, FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking has a new leader. France took the top spot on 16 May from Brazil to become only the fourth team to top the World Ranking. FIFA Confederations Cup Korea/Japan 2001 will be the stage for the two giants to battle for the top spot. [Points as of 16 May 2001: France 796, Brazil 794]
813 Pts. 796 Pts.
Points as after match Japan v France

Media Centre
2001 FIFA Confederations Cup: all doping controls negative
As per an information from the FIFA Sports Medical Committee and its sub-committee for doping matters, all doping controls carried out at the 2001 FIFA Confederations Cup in Korea and Japan have yielded negative results. 15.06.01
Pires,Vieira and Nakata take adidas awards for best players
French midfielders Robert Pires and Patrick Vieira have finished first and second in the voting for the adidas Golden Ball award for the best players of the FIFA Confederations Cup Korea/Japan 2001. 10.06.01
NOTES AND QUOTES - Roger Lemerre and Philippe Troussier
Notes and Quotes from the Mixed Zone at the International Stadium in Yokohama (coaches Roger Lemerre and Philippe Troussier) 10.06.01
Five Frenchmen in All-Star team
Five French players feature in the All-Star team selected by members of the FIFA Technical Study Group observing matches at the FIFA Confederations Cup Korea/Japan 2001. 09.06.01
Trophy and medals presented after the Final
The FIFA Confederations Cup trophy and the gold and silver medals will be presented to the two teams on the field after the Final in the Yokohama Stadium on Sunday evening. 09.06.01
FIFA Confederations Cup winners to receive USD. 2.25 million
France or Japan will receive two and a quarter million US Dollars for winning the FIFA Confederations cup Korea/Japan 2001. 09.06.01
Various Announcements
FIFA Confederations Cup All-Time Statistics
A capacity crowd of 110'000 at the Azteca was overjoyed after Mexico's 4-3 win over Brazil in 1999's Confederations Cup final. In December 1997, Romario and Ronaldo scored three goals each in 1997's Confederations Cup final in Riyadh against the Socceroos. The Laudrup brothers went all the way with the Danish team in the 1995 Intercontinental Champions Cup which had been won by Argentina 1992 with a youthful trio - Batistuta, Simeone, Redondo dominating the scene.
Download All-Time Statistics report (Adobe Acrobat pdf).

France national team captain and defender Marcel Desailly (L) lifts up the Confederations Cup as his team mates wave in celebration after winning the final against Japan in the Confederations Cup in Yokohama. Photo Sumusu Takahashi, Reuters

Japan's Ryuzo Morioka (L) and Shinji Ono (R) try to stop France's striker Nicolas Anelka's attack during the first half of the final of the FIFA Confederations Cup Korea/Japan 2001 at Yokohama International Stadium Photo JACKY NAEGELEN, Reuters

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