World Cup 2002 – Part 2

In part 1 we saw the Germans go out at an unthinkably early stage, but nowhere near as many shocks as in 1998. Hoddle’s got England flying too…can they? No, but here’s what happened anyway.

As a reminder, here’s the last 16 draw

Last 16 02 draw

Northern Ireland’s reward is the daunting prospect of Brazil, desperate to prove they are still a force after their early exit in 98. It’s brave from the Northern Irish but Gerry Taggart can’t stop Ronaldo, for some reason.

brazil 3 - 1 n ireland

Meanwhile, huge news in England’s game – they’ve won on pens!

england holland pens

Good old Steve Haslam, what a guy. Meanwhile the currently where I’m currently employed run into the unstoppable freight train from hell that is Denmark.

denmark 3 - 0 france

The holders though, are out, beaten on penalties by Spain. Argentina don’t fare much better, stunned by Nigeria.

02 holders out

All of this leaves the Quarter Finals looking like  this:

02 QF Draw

Are Denmark finally going to end their streak of being runners up? First though, England play Brazil in a re-run of real life. Same result though

brazil 2 - 1 england

Just the 6 defenders on field for Hoddle, plus defensive midfielder Batty. When it all goes wrong, sub your captain on 28 minutes.

02 SF Draw

So we have a repeat of the 94 final, and Denmark looking to make it third time lucky. First up, Italy/Brazil

Brazil Italy SD

The Italians gain revenge for 94 by winning on pens! I’d love to show you the shootout but there were so many pens, going on the page broke the resolution of the screen and I had to exit. Italy will face Spain in the final, breaking Danish hearts a game early

Spain Denmark SF

Poor Thomas Gravesen, he’ll never recover. Spain though, having led 2-0, had a man sent off and pegged back to 2-2, showed great character and they’ll have every chance in the final. First though, who gets Bronze?

Denmark 3rd

Of course. But who’ll prevail in the final?

Italy 1 - 2 Spain WC Final

Unbelievable scenes when Nadal heads home a late leveller before Spain’s most hated man scores the winner in extra time. Spain have done it! And 6 years ahead of schedule. Where we off to in 06?

England 06

Well. That’s handy.

Finally, the end of season awards. Can anybody de-throne Marashliev?

Awards 02

Yes, it turns out Viktor Onopko can. Who votes for these things? Good to see John Fashanu picking up the division 3 award too. That wraps up the 2001/02 season, it’s time for me to get fishing for a new job.

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