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History of Japan's Participation in World Cup ② (2002)

Writer
Adachi@ MaDeLa

"The history of Japan's participation in World Cup in the 1990s can be said to
be vicissitudes."

"Please click here to see ""History of Japan's Participation in World Cup ① (1993-1998)"""

After the end of the 1990s, there was a big event in Japanese football circle in the early 2000s, that is, the “2002 FIFA World Cup” jointly held by Japan and South Korea.

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In the group game of 2002 Korea-Japan World Cup, Japanese Football Team was drawn to Group H together with Belgium, Russia and Tunisia. The memorable first game was scored 2-2 with the Belgian Team, then Japan won the first point in the World Cup.

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In the second game, Japan played against Russia and won with the score 1-0, so that Japan won the first victory in the World Cup, which laid a good foundation for them to progress from their group.

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In the third game of the group stage, Japan played against Tunisia and won 2-0, which led a miracle advance out of the group stage and advanced to the knockout round. As an Asian host of the World Cup, all of the world was really shocked by Japan's rapid progress.

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"Here I'm sorry to get a word.
In 2002 World Cup, the base camp of Cameroon Team was set at Nakatsuemura, Oita Prefecture, so they got familiar with the local villagers so that the close contact between the people of two countries became a story in Japan."

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Then let's go back to the topic of the Japanese National Men's Soccer Team. In the eighth-final against Turkey Team, Japanese Team was narrowly beaten by them with the score 0-1, but Japan's gain of advancing to the Top 16 had exceeded the expectations of most Japanese.

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Have you learn more about the history of Japan's participation in World Cup after reading this article? The 2002 Korea-Japan World Cup has far-reaching significance for Japan and also promoted the local economic development. After this World Cup, our Japanese National Men's Soccer Team continued to challenge the German World Cup which would be held four years later. Then let me talk about it next time.

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