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The 2002 World Cup Finals Draw.

Korea-Japan 2002 Pots - 32 Countries

Seeded Teams

Argentina, Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, South Korea and Spain.

Pot 2 - Remaining 11 European Teams

Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, England, Poland, Portugal, Rep. of Ireland, Russia, Slovenia, Sweden and Turkey.

One European team will go into each group, with the remaining three Europeans going into groups without European seeds; so no three Europeans will be drawn together.

Pot 3

China, Ecuador, Paraguay, Saudi Arabia and Uruguay.

These teams will be drawn into the remaining 5 groups; once pot 2 is emptied, with China going to a group in Korea and Saudi Arabia to a group in Japan.

Pot 4

Cameroon, Costa Rica, Mexico, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Tunisia and United States.

Africa and CONCACAF make up pot 4 and will be drawn into the last slot in each group - at least two African teams and one from CONCACAF will play in either Korea or Japan.

The day before the the draw, FIFA announced that the winners of the 2002 World Cup would not qualify automatically for the 2006 World Cup, to be held in Germany.

2002 World Cup Finals Draw - December 1st, 2001

Live from Busan at 19:00 - 11:00 CET, 10:00 GMT

We're almost ready to start..... and will report in Central European time.

11:00 - The draw will begin in about 20 minutes.... in Busan.

11:15 - The Master of Ceremonies are getting things underway......

11:18 - The flags are coming in......

11:30 - We're still in the warm up phase..... Korean folk displays getting us in the mood.

11:34 - Sepp Blatter is welcoming everyone to the tournament draw. Thanks to Korea and Japan for organising everyting and working together for this world big event.....

11:38 - Applause for China, Ecuador, Senegal and Slovenia.... newcomers to the finals....

11:40 - Thanks to Busan and Asia.... Sepp Blatter moves away for Claude Simonet..... President of the French Football Association.....

11:40 - In come the co-presidents...... of the organising associations.... Korea and Japan.... the world cup changes hands...... The World Cup is only on display for the draw.... it's ceremonial..... France are Holders until May!

11:45 - The official hymn.... composed by Vangelis is being performed......

11:55 - We're still here..... all the qualified countries are getting a little airplay.....

12:06 - We're being shown the pots......

12:11 - Johan Cruyff, Roger Milla, Sun Wen..... taking their places.....

12:12 - Spain.... B1....

12:20 - Still no England out of Pot 2.....

12:23 - England get drawn with Argentina....

12:25 - Pot 2 is empty..... we take a break in the draw.....

12:33 - Pot 3 underway..... China is in Korea.... C3... with Brazil and Turkey....

12:37 - France vs Senegal will be the opening match.

12:40 - The draw is complete.

2002 World Cup in Korea and Japan

2002 Korea/Japan Fixtures:
The Schedule for the 2002 Korea/Japan Finals.

48 First Round matches in eight groups of four teams each.

The first two teams in each group moving on to the Second Round.

By Date.

2002 World Cup Groups

Four groups staged in South Korea and four groups in Japan.

By Group.

2002 World Cup Host Cities

Seoul will stage the opening game and Yokohama the 2002 World Cup Final.

By Stadium.

2002 World Cup - Qualifying Rounds

Asian Football Confederation.

Confederation Africaine de Football.

Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football.

Confederaci�n Sudamericana de Futbol.

Oceania Football Confederation.

Union of European Football Associations.

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