Host na­tion: South Korea & Ja­pan Games: 64 Goals: 161 (2.52 per match) Dis­missals: 17 Venues: 20 Win­ners: Brazil Top scorer: Ron­aldo (8 goals)

The first World Cup to be shared be­tween two host coun­tries was also the first World Cup in Asia – cue Beck­ham ma­nia and a fi­nals bow for China, who lost all three games and haven’t been back. This was a tour­na­ment of shocks: South Korea and Tur­key some­how made it to the semi-fi­nals and Sene­gal reached the quar­ters af­ter an open­ing-game vic­tory over cham­pi­ons France, who went out in the group stage with­out scor­ing a goal. Sacre bleu! But even they weren’t as bad as Saudi Ara­bia, who cat­a­pulted Miroslav Klose to­wards World Cup goalscor­ing im­mor­tal­ity thanks to a hat-trick on his tour­na­ment de­but, as Ger­many won 8-0.


The fi­nals’ of­fi­cial all-star team was a who’s who of foot­ball – Al­pay, Clau­dio Reyna, El-hadji Diouf and, of course, Yoo Sang-chul, whose great­ness has been lauded world­wide ever since. Ron­aldo, Ri­valdo and Ronald­inho turned out for Brazil, too, but many of the other big names of the era strug­gled to make an im­pact.


Dario Ro­driguez’s stonk­ing vol­ley for Uruguay against Den­mark, and Salif Diao round­ing off a fine team goal for Sene­gal against Den­mark. Thanks for the mem­o­ries, Den­mark.


Roy Keane didn’t even make it past base camp be­fore falling out with man­ager Mick Mccarthy and storm­ing off home, spend­ing the rest of the sum­mer fu­ri­ously march­ing up and down the streets of Cheshire as his dog des­per­ately tried to keep pace. Slightly less hard-look­ing was Ri­valdo. When Tur­key’s Hakan Un­sal booted a foot­ball at his knee in frus­tra­tion, the pain ap­par­ently shot straight to the Brazil­ian’s face, which he promptly clutched as he rolled around in agony. Un­sal got a red card; Ri­valdo was later fined 11,670 Swiss Francs.


Hosts South Korea oust­ing Italy – Chris­tian Vieri missed a thou­sand chances, the whole of Italy blamed the Ecuadorean ref, and Peru­gia’s owner took it out on match-win­ner Ahn Jung-hwan, who played for the Serie A club at the time and promptly had his con­tract can­celled.


Oliver Kahn (top right) dragged a poor Ger­many side all the way to the Yoko­mama show­piece, but then the Golden Ball-win­ner’s form de­serted him. Ron­aldo (top left) cap­i­talised on the keeper’s blun­der and Brazil won a one-sided match 2-0.


FIFA pres­i­dent Sepp Blat­ter vowed never to have joint hosts again, la­belling the co-or­gan­i­sa­tion “a night­mare”. The jury’s still out as to whether or not that rep­re­sents a good en­dorse­ment.

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