Series 1 - Episode 14 2002



It was the first time the World Cup had been staged in Asia – and the first time it had been jointly hosted by two countries, Japan and Korea. It was also the first major tournament after the 9/11 attacks, so security was cranked up, and it was the era when England routinely made it to the quarter-finals of tournaments, under Sven Goran-Eriksson’s professorial eye. Heady days indeed.

This instalment of the official film series feels less arty in its editing than some earlier efforts (and therefore less oddly entertaining) and has a stern voice-over from Robert Powell. Look out for the delight in the Senegal camp after they beat favourites France – and the crowds of Japanese girls screaming for David Beckham.


A look back at the 17th edition of the World Cup, in 2002, which was played in Japan and South Korea. It is the only time the tournament has been staged across two countries and Brazil lifted the trophy for the fifth time in the competition's history.