The European section of the 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification acted as qualifiers for the 2002 FIFA World Cup, which is being held in South Korea and Japan, for national teams which are members of the UEFA. Apart from France, who qualified automatically as defending champions, a total of 13.5 slots in the final tournament were available for UEFA teams.
The 50 teams were divided into nine groups, five groups of six teams and four groups of five teams. The teams played against each other on a home-and-away basis. The group winners would qualify. Among the runners-up, the runner-up of Group 2 was drawn randomly to advance to the UEFA–AFC Intercontinental play-off. The other runners-up would advance to the UEFA play-offs.
In the play-offs, the eight teams were paired up to play knockout matches on a home-and-away basis. The four aggregate winners qualified. The qualifying process started on 2 September 2000, after UEFA Euro 2000, and ended on 14 November 2001.
Qualification seeding (UEFA)
The draw was made in December 1999, and was based on average points per game achieved in 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification and UEFA Euro 2000 qualifying. France qualified automatically as title holders, and because Belgium and Netherlands, as hosts, had not had to qualify for UEFA Euro 2000, only their 1998 World Cup result was used. Andorra made their debut in World Cup qualifying.
The national teams which eventually qualified for the final tournament are presented in bold and the national teams who took part in the play-offs (AFC-UEFA play-off included) are presented in italic.
|Pot 1||Pot 2||Pot 3||Pot 4||Pot 5|
Table - top row: group winners, second row: group runners-up, third row: others. The winner of each group qualified for the 2002 FIFA World Cup together with winners of play-off. Group 2 was chosen at random before qualifying began for its runner- up to participate in the UEFA/AFC intercontinental play-off. As runner-up in group 2, Republic of Ireland played a play-off against a team from the AFC confederation, whereas the others played against each other (UEFA play-off).
The winner of each group qualified directly, the runner-up advanced to play-off (either UEFA playoff or UEFA-AFC playoff).
|1||Russia||10||7||2||1||18||5||+13||23||Qualification to 2002 FIFA World Cup||—||1–1||1–1||4–0||1–0||3–0|
|2||Slovenia||10||5||5||0||17||9||+8||20||Advance to UEFA play-offs||2–1||—||1–1||2–2||3–0||2–0|
|1||Portugal||10||7||3||0||33||7||+26||24||Qualification to 2002 FIFA World Cup||—||1–1||2–2||5–0||6–0||3–0|
|2||Republic of Ireland||10||7||3||0||23||5||+18||24||Advance to inter-confederation play-offs||1–1||—||1–0||2–0||4–0||3–1|
|1||Denmark||10||6||4||0||22||6||+16||22||Qualification to 2002 FIFA World Cup||—||2–1||1–1||6–0||1–1||2–1|
|2||Czech Republic||10||6||2||2||20||8||+12||20||Advance to UEFA play-offs||0–0||—||6–0||4–0||3–1||3–2|
|1||Sweden||10||8||2||0||20||3||+17||26||Qualification to 2002 FIFA World Cup||—||1–1||2–0||1–0||6–0||3–0|
|2||Turkey||10||6||3||1||18||8||+10||21||Advance to UEFA play-offs||1–2||—||1–1||3–3||2–0||3–0|
|1||Poland||10||6||3||1||21||11||+10||21||Qualification to 2002 FIFA World Cup||—||1–1||3–1||3–0||0–0||4–0|
|2||Ukraine||10||4||5||1||13||8||+5||17||Advance to UEFA play-offs||1–3||—||0–0||0–0||1–1||3–0|
|1||Croatia||8||5||3||0||15||2||+13||18||Qualification to 2002 FIFA World Cup||—||1–0||1–1||4–1||4–0|
|2||Belgium||8||5||2||1||25||6||+19||17||Advance to UEFA play-offs||0–0||—||2–0||3–1||10–1|
|1||Spain||8||6||2||0||21||4||+17||20||Qualification to 2002 FIFA World Cup||—||4–0||2–0||4–1||5–0|
|2||Austria||8||4||3||1||10||8||+2||15||Advance to UEFA play-offs||1–1||—||2–1||2–0||2–0|
|4||Bosnia and Herzegovina||8||2||2||4||12||12||0||8||1–2||1–1||0–0||—||5–0|
|1||Italy||8||6||2||0||16||3||+13||20||Qualification to 2002 FIFA World Cup||—||3–0||2–0||1–0||4–0|
|2||Romania||8||5||1||2||10||7||+3||16||Advance to UEFA play-offs||0–2||—||1–1||2–0||1–0|
|1||England||8||5||2||1||16||6||+10||17||Qualification to 2002 FIFA World Cup||—||0–1||2–1||2–2||2–0|
|2||Germany||8||5||2||1||14||10||+4||17||Advance to UEFA play-offs||1–5||—||0–0||2–0||2–1|
The draw for the play-offs was held on 31 August 2001 at FIFA's headquarters in Zürich, Switzerland. The nine group runners-up were placed into one pot, with eight teams drawn into four pairings (with the first team drawn hosting the first leg). The remaining team would then face an AFC team in the inter-confederation play-offs. UEFA were paired to face the AFC team by decision of the FIFA Executive Committee in October 1999.
|10 November 2001||Belgium||1–0||Czech Republic||Brussels, Belgium|
|9:15 pm||G. Verheyen 28'||Report||Stadium: Stade Roi Baudouin, Brussels|
Referee: Urs Meier (Switzerland)
|14 November 2001||Czech Republic||0–1||Belgium||Prague, Czech Republic|
|8:45 pm||Report||Wilmots 85' (pen.)||Stadium: Letná Stadium, Prague|
Referee: Anders Frisk (Sweden)
Belgium qualified by the aggregate score of 2–0.
|10 November 2001||Ukraine||1–1||Germany||Kiev, Ukraine|
|9:45 pm||Zubov 18'||Report||Ballack 31'||Stadium: Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex, Kiev|
Referee: Stefano Braschi (Italy)
|14 November 2001||Germany||4–1||Ukraine||Dortmund, Germany|
|8:45 pm||Ballack 4', 51'
|Report||Shevchenko 90'||Stadium: Westfalenstadion, Dortmund|
Referee: Vítor Melo Pereira (Portugal)
Germany qualified by the aggregate score of 5–2.
|10 November 2001||Slovenia||2–1||Romania||Ljubljana, Slovenia|
|Report||M. Niculae 26'||Stadium: Bežigrad Stadium, Ljubljana|
Referee: Kim Milton Nielsen (Denmark)
|14 November 2001||Romania||1–1||Slovenia||Bucharest, Romania|
|Contra 65'||Report||Rudonja 55'||Stadium: Stadionul Steaua, Bucharest|
Referee: Hellmut Krug (Germany)
Slovenia qualified by the aggregate score of 3–2.
|10 November 2001||Austria||0–1||Turkey||Vienna, Austria|
|Report||Buruk 60'||Stadium: Ernst Happel Stadion, Vienna|
Referee: Manuel Mejuto González (Spain)
|14 November 2001||Turkey||5–0||Austria||Istanbul, Turkey|
Erdem 69', 85'
|Report||Stadium: Ali Sami Yen Stadium, Istanbul|
Referee: Pierluigi Collina (Italy)
Turkey qualified by the aggregate score of 6–0.
As the Group 2 runner-up was the last team to be selected in the play-off draw on 31 August 2001, that team would then face an AFC team in the inter-confederation play-offs. UEFA were paired to face the AFC team by decision of the FIFA Executive Committee in October 1999, though the order of legs was decided by the draw on 31 August 2001. The team to meet an AFC team became the Republic of Ireland.
|Team 1||Agg.||Team 2||1st leg||2nd leg|
|Republic of Ireland||2–1||Iran||2–0||0–1|
The following 15 teams from UEFA qualified for the final tournament.
|Team||Qualified as||Qualified on||Previous appearances in FIFA World Cup1|
|France||Defending champions||12 July 1998||10 (1930, 1934, 1938, 1954, 1958, 1966, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1998)|
|Russia||Group 1 winners||6 October 2001||8 (19582, 19622, 19662, 19702, 19822, 19862, 19902, 1994)|
|Portugal||Group 2 winners||6 October 2001||2 (1966, 1986)|
|Denmark||Group 3 winners||6 October 2001||2 (1986, 1998)|
|Sweden||Group 4 winners||5 September 2001||9 (1934, 1938, 1950, 1958, 1970, 1974, 1978, 1990, 1994)|
|Poland||Group 5 winners||1 September 2001||5 (1938, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986)|
|Croatia||Group 6 winners||6 October 2001||1 (1998)|
|Spain||Group 7 winners||5 September 2001||10 (1934, 1950, 1962, 1966, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998)|
|Italy||Group 8 winners||6 October 2001||14 (1934, 1938, 1950, 1954, 1962, 1966, 1970, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998)|
|England||Group 9 winners||6 October 2001||10 (1950, 1954, 1958, 1962, 1966, 1970, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1998)|
|Germany||Play-off winners||14 November 2001||14 (1934, 1938, 19543, 19583, 19623, 19663, 19703, 19743, 19783, 19823, 19863, 19903, 1994, 1998)|
|Belgium||Play-off winners||14 November 2001||10 (1930, 1934, 1938, 1954, 1970, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998)|
|Slovenia||Play-off winners||14 November 2001||0 (debut)|
|Turkey||Play-off winners||14 November 2001||1 (1954)|
|Republic of Ireland||UEFA-AFC Play-off winners||15 November 2001||2 (1990, 1994)|
- 1 Bold indicates champions for that year. Italic indicates hosts for that year.
- 2 Competed as Soviet Union.
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- 1 own goal
- United Kingdom: BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5
- Spain: TVE-1, Antena 3, Telecinco
- Italy: Rai Uno
- Germany: ARD, ZDF and Sky Deutschland
- United States: ESPN, ESPN 2 and Fox Sports World (in English); Univision, Telemundo, ESPN Deportes and Fox Deportes (in Spanish)
- Latin America: ESPN, ESPN 2, ESPN 3, ESPN Extra, ESPN Extra 2, ESPN Extra 3, PSN, PSN 2, PSN Plus, PSN Max, PSN Max 2, PSN Max 3 and PSN Max 4 (all matches)
- Brazil: Rede CNT, SporTV, ESPN Brasil, Fox Sports, BandSports and PSN
- Argentina: Multicanal, VCC, Cablevisión, BAC, DirecTV and Sky
- Bolivia: ATB, Multivisión, DirecTV and Sky
- Chile: TVN, Chilevisión, VTR Cablexpress, Metrópolis Intercom, DirecTV and Sky
- Colombia: RCN Televisión, DirecTV and Sky
- Ecuador: TC Televisión, SíTV, TV Cable, Univisa, DirecTV and Sky
- Paraguay: Multicanal, VCC, Cablevisión, CMM, Supercanal, DirecTV and Sky
- Peru: ATV, Latina Televisión, CMD, DirecTV and Sky
- Uruguay: Multicanal, VCC, Cablevisión, Montecable, TCC, Nuevo Siglo Cable TV, Multiseñal, DirecTV and Sky
- Venezuela: Televen, Meridiano Televisión, DirecTV and Sky
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