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FIFA World Cup" Organising Committee
Top seeds for 2002 FIFA
World Cup" Final Draw

Brazil, Argentina, Italy, Germany and Spain
join Korea, Japan and France

The Organising Committee for the 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan", meeting on 28 November in the coastal city of Busan in Korea under the chairmanship of FIFA Vice President and UEFA President Lennart Johansson, decided to retain a virtually similar seeding system for the 2002 event as four years ago for France 1998 and put Brazil, Argentina, Italy, Germany and Spain as top seeds for the Final Draw on Saturday 1 December, together with the ex officio qualified teams of hosts Korea and Japan and titleholder France.

2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan"
Uruguay earn final spot
More World Cup heartbreak for Australia

By Brian Homewood
© Reuters Limited

Australia's Kevin Muscat (L) challenges Uruguay's Mario Regueiro.
Photo Andres Stapff, Reuters
Uruguay became the 32nd and final country to qualify for the World Cup on Sunday, beating Australia 3-0 in the second leg of their play-off.

A 3-1 aggregate scoreline left the hapless Socceroos to contemplate another heart-breaking failure.

2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan"
Argentina-England draw
steals World Cup thunder

Champions v. Debutants

By Mike Collett
© Reuters Limited

A board displaying the final grouping of the 2002 FIFA World Cup" finals in Busan December 2.
Photo Claro Cortes, Reuters
The luck of the draw deserted World Cup favourites Argentina and highly-rated England on Saturday when the two arch-rivals were placed in the same group for next year's FIFA World Cup" finals.

As if that was not a tough enough encounter, former African and Olympic champions Nigeria and hard-to-beat Sweden complete the quartet in group F which will now inevitably be dubbed the "group of death."

2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan"
Ireland beaten 1-0 but qualify for 2002 FIFA World Cup™

© Reuters Limited

Ireland's Robbie Keane (L) evades a tackle from Iran's Mehrdad Minavand (R)
Photo Kieran Doherty, Reuters
Ireland buried their playoff jinx by qualifying for the 2002 World Cup finals despite losing the second leg 1-0 to Iran on Thursday.

Iran scored in injury time with a header from Yahya Golmohammadi but it was too little, too late and Ireland, who won the first leg 2-0 on Saturday, will be travelling to South Korea and Japan next year.

Ireland are the 31st of the 32 teams to qualify for the finals. They will be playing in their third World Cup after 1990 and 1994.

2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan"
Brazil reach 2002 FIFA World Cup™

By Brian Homewood
© Reuters Limited

Brazilian midfielder Emerson celebrates after his team beat Venezuela 3-0
Photo Sergio Moraes, Reuters
Brazil finally qualified for the 2002 FIFA World Cup™ on 14 November, beating Venezuela 3-0 in the final game of a long, agonising campaign in which they have used four coaches and lost six matches.

Brazil, needing a win to guarantee a top four place and avoid a play-off with Australia, settled their nerves when striker Luizao scored twice in the first 20 minutes. Rivaldo added the third, his eighth of the competition, in the 35th minute.

New service for media
FIFA Media Channel to provide additional resources to journalists

Expanding its presence on the internet, FIFA has created the first of a future series of special interest channels. As of 28 April, in form of a separate site, the FIFA Media Channel will provide service information to media of all categories on the 2002 FIFA World Cup" and beyond.

Note for media accredited for the 2002 FIFA World Cup":
In order to access the site at the login type in ID and password in accordance with the information given in the confirmation letter you have received.

To the media accredited for
2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan"

Welcome to the online Media Service for the 2002 FIFA World Cup"

This section will be continuously expanded and updated to provide you with service information on teams and events at the FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan" as well as all related activities such as training schedules, media conferences, etc.

2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan"
FIFA Internet Guidelines for the Written Press and National Associations

As the world changes, more and more organisations use the Internet as a major medium of communication and an important method of promotion. The use of the Internet to promote and communicate sport in particular is growing all the time, and in many ways sport is becoming a key driver for the acceptance of new sites and services.

Daily Video Highlights of 2002 FIFA World Cup" moves into the new communications era, the official Website of the 2002 FIFA World Cup" has purchased the rights to be the Exclusive Global FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan" Video Highlights Provider over the Internet. The agreement was reached today between FIFA, KirchSport AG and Yahoo!

Visiting team preparation camp sites

Very important notice to all accredited media of the 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan" regarding accreditation.

Regulations regarding access control for preparation camp sites of the final tournament has been clarified at the official team workshop held in Tokyo in February and has been officially approved by the FIFA World Cup Organising Committee thereafter.

2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan™
World Cup referees get ready

In late March, FIFA’s six dozen World Cup referees and assistant referees have completed a comprehensive seminar in Seoul in preparation for the 64-match tournament starting in less than ten weeks’ time.

The 36 referees and 36 assistants, from all six continental confederations, not only underwent the customary fitness tests but also participated in a series of talks and discussions designed to tune them up for the pressures of the World Cup.

Match officials for the 2002
FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan"

Match officials
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Meeting on 7 January in Zurich, the FIFA Referees’ Committee named the 36 referees and 36 assistant referees for the 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan" (cf. list attached). All 72 of them (34 referees and 33 assistant referees were appointed in 1998 in France) officiated at a number of qualifiers for this year’s FIFA World Cup", during which their performances were thoroughly assessed.

Qualified teams
AFC (2/3 + host 2) 
Korea Republic, Japan, China, Saudi Arabia

CAF (5) 
South Africa, Cameroon, Senegal, Tunisia, Nigeria
Costa Rica, United States, Mexico

Argentina, Paraguay, Ecuador, Brazil, Uruguay

OFC (0/1)  
UEFA (14/15 incl. FRA) 
France, Poland, Sweden, Spain, Russia, Portugal, Denmark, Croatia, Italy, England, Slovenia, Turkey, Belgium, Germany, Ireland

Preliminary Competition Scoring Statistics
  GP 1st 2nd AET GS GPG
AFC 154 251 337 0 588 3.82
CAF 145 164 215 0 379 2.61
CONCACAF 125 164 226 1 391 3.13
CONMEBOL 91 114 121 0 235 2.58
OFC 23 80 100 0 180 7.83
UEFA 239 296 383 0 679 2.84
TOTAL 777 1069 1382 1 2452 3.16
[GP] games played; [1st] goals 1st half; [2nd] 2nd half; [AET] after extra time; [GS] total goals; [GPG] average goals per game.
Media Centre
Important Notice: No-Show Policy/Ticket Confirmation Policy
If a journalist or photographer is granted a match ticket (media seat, tribune photo position or field photo position) under the selection process and subsequently finds that he/she cannot attend the match, he/she will be required to contact a "No-show ticket hotline" at the appropriate Stadium Media Centre (SMC) to cancel the ticket. 18.04.02
TV contracts for 2002 FIFA World Cup™: KirchMedia on time with all payments and guarantees
KirchMedia, holder of the worldwide TV rights for the 2002 and 2006 FIFA World Cup™, was able to meet all of its obligations for the 2002 FIFA World Cup™ by the agreed deadline of mid-January 2002. 01.02.02
Kick-off times of 2002 FIFA World Cup™ matches now confirmed
Following the Final Draw held on 1 December 2001 at the BEXCO in Busan (Korea), the representatives of KirchMedia, FIFA’ s exclusive broadcast partner, and of HBS, the host broadcaster responsible for the production of the international television signal for the 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan™, met with the two local organizing committees, KOWOC and JAWOC and FIFA to discuss potential adjustments to the game schedule. 04.12.01
2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan(TM) broadcast operations ensured
In anticipation of the insolvency of the German group KirchMedia GmbH & Co. KGaA, distributor of the worldwide TV rights for the 2002 and 2006 FIFA World Cup™, all necessary precautions have been taken in advance in order to ensure the protection of the FIFA World Cup™ rights and the broadcasting operations related to this event. 08.04.02
EM.TV & Merchandising AG becomes FIFA’s sole and exclusive licensing representative for 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany(TM) in Europe
FIFA Marketing AG has appointed the German company EM.TV & Merchandising AG as its sole and exclusive licensing representative for the European territories for the 2006 FIFA World Cup™. 04.04.02
2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan(TM): FIFA to announce squad lists on 24 May 2002
FIFA will announce the squad lists of the 32 finalist teams competing in the 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan™ on Friday 24 May 2002, 08.00 am CET. 04.04.02
Priorities for the FIFA World Cup : Attacking Football and Fair Play
The 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan(TM) should be full of attacking football and fair play.
The FIFA Football Committee, meeting in Zurich under vice-chairman Amadou Diakite, unanimously supported the simple definition of the competition’s main priorities as put forward by former player and now president of the Yugoslav Football Association, Dragan Stojkovic. 07.03.02
Official “Korea/Japan” song to be collaboration between four groups
The final song to be added to the music for the 2002 FIFA World Cup™ is an example of modern Asian music at its finest. Sony Music will produce the music, including not only the official anthem by Vangelis and the official song by Anastacia, but also the Official “Korea/Japan” song, a collaboration between four bands – two from Korea and two from Japan. 10.01.02
World Cup Facts & Figures

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