Korea / Japan 2001
Table of contents
Prefaces Joseph S. Blatter 4Issa Hayatou 6
Tournament analyses Survey of Results 8Tournament Data 9Overall analysis 10Tactical/technical analysis 20The participation of the eight teams 28
Team analysis Australia 32 Brazil 38
Cameroon 44Canada 50France 56Japan 62Korea 68Mexico 74
Semifinals 80Play-off for third place 88Final 92
Refereeing George Cumming 96
Medical Report Prof. Jiri Dvorak 100
Impressions of Japan and Korea 110
Fdration Internationale de Football AssociationPresident Joseph S. Blatter (Switzerland)
General Secretary Michel Zen-Ruffinen (Switzerland)
Address FIFA House Hitzigweg 11 P.O. Box 85 8030 Zurich Switzerland
Telephone number 41-1/384 95 95
Telefax Number 41-1/384 96 96
Organising Committee for the FIFA Confederations Cup Chairman Issa Hayatou (CMR)
Deputy Chairman Per Ravn Omdal (NOR)
Members Dr. Muhammad Sahu Khan (FIJ) Edwin Snowe (LBR) Lisle Austin (BRB) Dr. Mong-Joon Chung (co-opted Korea/Japan 2001) Shung-Ichiro Okano (co-opted Korea/Japan 2001)
Korea / Japan 2001
Prefaces The President
Joseph S. Blatter, FIFA President
The FIFA Confederations Cup in its current form has only been around for four years, and although the tournament has only been held on three occasions to date, it will soon be accepted as an integral part of the football calendar. In comparison with the FIFA World Cup, this championship has enjoyed a prominent role right from its inception. It was particularly pleasing that the last two winners of the FIFA World Cup, France and Brazil, made the journey to Asia to take part in this increasingly popular tournament.
This years competition had a different flavour, as it was hosted for the first time by two countries, Korea and Japan, who used the tournament as a trial run for the 2002 FIFA World Cup, which will also take place in these two countries. The culture, tradi-tion, and hospitality of the two host coun-tries were perfect symbols of the goodwill and fraternity of the football world. Let us hope and believe that the lessons learnt will enable us to find solutions to the problems that are impeding the rapid progress of this competition.
As FIFA President, I dearly hope to see the emergence of another championship that proves to be as popular as the FIFA World Cup. The matches in Korea and Japan pro-vided us with some interesting and unex-pected results, and re-emphasised the fact that football is undoubtedly the most fasci-nating and unpredictable sport in the world.
Nobody expected the world champions, France, to lose to unfancied Australia, and no one expected the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon, the reigning African and Olympic Champions, to lose to Japan. Mexico, the defending champions, were below par in their group matches, and lost to Australia, Korea, and France on their way to an early exit.
Japan topped Group B, closely followed by Brazil, allowing both teams to qualify for the semifinals. Group A was won by France, the defending world champions, who also qualified for the semifinals along with Aus-tralia, who edged out the Koreans by virtue of a better goal difference. It was certainly some photo finish!
In the semifinals, France met Brazil a repeat of the 1998 FIFA World Cup Final. In the other game, Japan took on Australia. Both matches were fiercely contested, and the spectators were treated to some scintil-lating and uncompromising football. There could only be two finalists, of course, with France triumphing over Brazil in Korea, and the home team victorious on Japanese soil.
Both the play-off for 3rd and 4th place, between Brazil and Australia, and the final itself between Japan and France thrilled us all. The many wonderful and exciting per-formances during the course of the FIFA Confederations Cup 2001 fill us with great hope, just a year before the start of the 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan.
May I take this opportunity to convey
my sincerest thanks to the two host coun-
tries, who both provided fantastic facilities
and the amenities that made this competi-
tion so successful. Furthermore, my sincere
thanks to the six confederations that ensured
their teams participated, despite all the dif-
ficulties involved. They have all helped to
establish the FIFA Confederations Cup as an
important fixture in the worldwide football
calendar. As well as France, once again, the
game of football has been the winner.
Bien quelle existe depuis quatre ans seu-lement sous cette forme, la Coupe FIFA/Confdrations semble indniablement sur le point de stablir dfinitivement aprs sa troisime dition. Compare la Coupe du Monde, cette nouvelle comptition saf-fichait comme une valeur sre ds ses jeunes annes et jouit prsent dune popu-larit croissante. Cette anne, les supporters auront apprci la grande qualit des partici-pants venus au Japon et en Core sous la houlette de la France et du Brsil, les deux derniers champions du monde.
Cest la premire fois que le tournoi sest disput dans deux pays, comme rptition gnrale de la Coupe du Monde 2002. La
culture, la tradition et lhospitalit des deux htes asiatiques ont laiss sur les matches disputs en Core et au Japon la marque de lamiti et de