Brazil Defeats Germany for Fifth FIFA World Cup Championship

The 2002 FIFA World Cup Final the final match of the 2002 FIFA World Cup, the 17th FIFA World Cup.

The match was played between Germany and Brazil at the International Stadium in Yokohama, Japan. Brazil won 2–0, winning a record fifth title. Ronaldo, who became the record World Cup goalscorer at the 2006 tournament, scored two of his fifteen goals in the second half of the 2002 final. Before this match, Germany and Brazil had never met before in the FIFA World Cup.

Putting both Korea Republic and Japan in charge of the XVII World Cup was a controversial decision. The two countries were surprised and disappointed, as each of them wanted the tournament for themselves. The Japanese offered modern sports and recreation facilities, and Korea Republic's advantage was its sports achievements (participation in 4 World Cups, etc.). Eventually, FIFA decided, that the competition should be organized by the two countries together: half of the games (including the 3. place game) will be played in Korea Republic, and the other half (including the final) in Japan.