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France are the Confederations Cup Champions
The World Champions France beat the surprise package of the tournament, the home team Japan to win the title of the Confederations Cup champions. French take their third major trophy in the past three years. 10-Jun-2001

Pires sweeps the trophy board
On top of the FIFA Confederations Cup trophy, French midfielder Robert Pires swept the board by winning the adidas Golden Ball award for the best player of the competition as well as sharing the Golden Shoe for the best scorer with his team-mate Eric Carrière. 10-Jun-2001

Japan making waves at Confederations Cup
Win or lose in Sunday's final against world champions France, co-hosts Japan have already been the big story of the Confederations Cup. 08-Jun-2001

France favourites to complete international title sweep
France will complete a unique hat-trick of international titles on Sunday if they can beat Japan and win the Confederations Cup to add to their 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000 triumphs. 08-Jun-2001

Japan's chance for revenge
Japan will have a welcome opportunity to avenge their recent 0-5 mauling by France when the two teams clash again in Sunday's Final of the FIFA Confederations Cup Korea/Japan 2001. 07-Jun-2001

Nakata goal puts Japan into Confederations Cup final
Japan reached the Confederations Cup final on Thursday after a 43rd minute free kick from Hidetoshi Nakata gave them a 1-0 win over Australia in a semifinal played in a downpour. 07-Jun-2001

Japan ready for physical battle with Australia
Japan coach Philippe Troussier is expecting a bruising encounter against Australia in Thursday's Confederations Cup semifinal but is relieved they are not taking on 1998 World Cup finalists France or Brazil in the last four. 06-Jun-2001

France start as favourites to beat Brazil again
France meet Brazil for the first time since the 1998 World Cup final in their Confederations Cup semifinal on Thursday - and start as favourites to beat them again. 06-Jun-2001

Bujsaim to referee Final
Ali Mohamed Bujsaim of the United Arab Emirates has been selected to referee the Final of the FIFA Confederations Cup Korea/Japan on Sunday, 10 June in Yokohama. 05-Jun-2001

World Cup Final repeat at Confederations Cup
The two top teams in the FIFA World Ranking, France and Brazil, will clash in Thursday's semi-final of this year's FIFA Confederations Cup -- while one of the co-hosts, Japan, face the outsiders from Australia. 04-Jun-2001

Australia through on goal difference
It’s the Socceroos who will be going to the semi-finals having a far better goal difference than the co-hosts despite losing to the Koreans 1-0 in their last group match in Suwon. 03-Jun-2001

Co-hosts stake their claim
Confederations Cup co-hosts Korea and Japan both took centre stage on the second day of group matches but had to share it with the outsiders from Australia. 02-Jun-2001

Relieved Hiddink looking forward to next battle
Guus Hiddink punched the air in delight at the final whistle as his South Korea team beat Mexico 2-1 in a thrilling Confederations Cup match. 02-Jun-2001

Patrick Mboma attests to Japanese Progress
Cameroon star Patrick Mboma is perfectly placed to gauge just how far Japan have come over the last few years. Speaking after his team's training session in Niigata stadium, the former Gamaba Osaka striker said: "Japan are producing some very talented young players and have taken huge strides in recent years. 02-Jun-2001

Socceroos keep on cruising - Koreans back in contention
Australia pulled another surprise today when they overcame world Champions France beating them 1-0 in their second group match of the FIFA Confederations Cup Korea/Japan 2001. 01-Jun-2001

Confederations Cup : 12 goals in opening four matches
The first full round of matches in the FIFA Confederations Cup has produced a dozen goals - but four of the eight teams have failed to score. France lead the pack with their 5-0 drubbing of hosts Korea on Wednesday evening in the opening match in Daegu before 61,500 spectators, the same night as Australia were upsetting the cup-holders from Mexico 2-0 in a far less populated stadium in Suwon. 31-May-2001

Australia dominated Mexico as the French win over the hosts
Defending champions Mexico got a wake-up call from the underdogs Australia in the second match of the day in Suwon. History repeated itself as Austalia beat Mexico again, four years after their 3-1 win -- in the 1997 FIFA Confederations Cup in Riyadh. 30-May-2001

Osieck looks to Canadian team spirit to combat Japan
Holger Osieck was in a relaxed mood as he chatted to the media following Canada's training session in Niigata's Big Swan stadium on Wednesday. The German coach, who spent time in Japan with Urawa Red Diamonds, said: "We're here primarily to gain experience and learn from playing some high-quality opposition. We have some young players in the squad who will benefit from being exposed to football at this level. We're not thinking about winning the Confederations Cup but we want to put in some good performances and do ourselve justice." 30-May-2001

Mexican skipper Suarez becomes world's most capped player
Claudio Suarez became the most capped player in the world on Friday when he made his 158th appearance for Mexico against South Korea in the Confederations Cup. 30-May-2001

World champions France start countdown to2002 World Cup
A year and a day before they start their defence of the World Cup, reigning world champions France face South Korea on Wednesday to set the Confederations Cup "warm-up" tournament in motion. 29-May-2001

Official players' lists for the FIFA Confederations Cup, Korea/Japan 2001
The 8 finalist associations have provided to FIFA their official list of 23 designated players for the upcoming FIFA Confederations Cup, Korea/Japan 2001. 26-May-2001

Roger Lemerre: At last, some bon mots from Lemerre
French national team coach Roger Lemerre broke his silence and reflected on his team's Euro 2000 win, the key to successful coaching and his nation's soccer history. 01-May-2001

Australia coach Farina bemused by media speculation
Australia national team coach Frank Farina is bemused about the amount of recent media speculation, which has focussed on player availability for the upcoming Confederations Cup, in Korea. 01-May-2001

2001 FIFA Confederations Cup: France to kick off against Korea Republic
World champions France will kick off the 2001 FIFA Confederations Cup against co-hosts Korea on 30 May 2001 in Daegu (Korea). Both teams were drawn on 4 April into Group A of this eight-team tournament, which will end with the final match in the Japanese port city of Yokohama on 10 June. Mexico and Australia, also due to meet on 30 May for their first match in Suwon, complete Group A whose venues (the third one being Ulsan) are all located in Korea. 04-Apr-2001

Mini World Cup puts teams and organisers to the test
The FIFA Confederations Cup 2001 takes place from 30 May to 10 June in Korea and Japan. Both host nations see the competition as a major test ahead of the 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan™. For the Mexicans, on the other hand, it will be about defending their title against the other seven teams. 01-Apr-2001

"Mini World Cup" is the acid test for all concerned
The FIFA Confederations Cup 2001 takes place from 30 May to 10 June in Korea and Japan. Both host nations see the competition as a major test ahead of the 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan". For the Mexicans, on the other hand, it will be about defending their title against the other seven teams. 09-Mar-2001

Brazil: on the way to yet more success?
You could say the situation in the run-up to the FIFA Confederations Cup was somewhat unusual. For the first time since the Copa America in 1997, the team that has dominated the last decade are going into an international tournament without being the holders. But no matter at what stage and under what conditions a Brazilian team make an appearance, they will always regarded as favourites to win. Which may go part of the way to explaining why they have not gathered quite as many international titles as usual just recently. 06-Feb-2001

Australia: a welcome get-together
The way in which Australia's national team is perceived is indicative of the difficult underlying conditions it has to face. In 2000 Australia caught the eye largely as a result of victories achieved a long way from home such as the 3-0 win over Hungary in Budapest early on in the year and a sensational 2-0 triumph against Scotland at Glasgow's Hampden Park in November. In contrast, the victory in the competition that earned the "Socceroos" their ticket to the FIFA Confederations Cup 2001 hardly gained a mention outside Oceania's football community. 18-Jan-2001

2001 FIFA Confederations Cup: all doping controls negative
As per an information from the FIFA Sports Medical Committee and its sub-committee for doping matters, all doping controls carried out at the 2001 FIFA Confederations Cup in Korea and Japan have yielded negative results. 15-Jun-2001

NOTES AND QUOTES - Roger Lemerre and Philippe Troussier
Notes and Quotes from the Mixed Zone at the International Stadium in Yokohama (coaches Roger Lemerre and Philippe Troussier) 10-Jun-2001

Pires,Vieira and Nakata take adidas awards for best players
French midfielders Robert Pires and Patrick Vieira have finished first and second in the voting for the adidas Golden Ball award for the best players of the FIFA Confederations Cup Korea/Japan 2001. 10-Jun-2001

Five Frenchmen in All-Star team
Five French players feature in the All-Star team selected by members of the FIFA Technical Study Group observing matches at the FIFA Confederations Cup Korea/Japan 2001. 09-Jun-2001

Trophy and medals presented after the Final
The FIFA Confederations Cup trophy and the gold and silver medals will be presented to the two teams on the field after the Final in the Yokohama Stadium on Sunday evening. 09-Jun-2001

Close race for adidas awards
Several players are in contention for the adidas Golden Ball and Golden Shoe awards for the best players and top goalscorers at the FIFA Confederations Cup Korea/Japan 2001. 09-Jun-2001

FIFA Confederations Cup winners to receive USD. 2.25 million
France or Japan will receive two and a quarter million US Dollars for winning the FIFA Confederations cup Korea/Japan 2001. 09-Jun-2001

The President of FIFA, Joseph S. Blatter, to hold a press conference
The President of FIFA, Joseph S. Blatter, will hold a press conference on the final day of the FIFA Confederations Cup Korea/Japan, at the Pacifico Conference Centre in Yokohama (room 301/302). The press conference begins at 13.30 and is open to all media. 08-Jun-2001

Confederations Cup final: Head-to-heads in the last 10 years
Both France/Japan as well as Brazil/Australia have met on various occasions in the last ten years with the most recent one being Japan's defeat at the hands of the world champions 24 Mar 2001. 08-Jun-2001

FIFA welcomes three new sponsors for 2002 FIFA World Cup™
Only a few days after beginning operations, FIFA through its FIFA Marketing AG can already claim its first success stories - contracts have been signed with an additional three sponsors, Avaya (USA), Toshiba (Japan), and NTT (Japan), for the 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan™. 07-Jun-2001

Australia’s Clayton Zane suspended for semi-finals
Australian striker Clayton Zane is the only player to be suspended from the action of Thursday’s semi-finals of the FIFA Confederations Cup Korea/Japan 2001 06-Jun-2001

FIFA Fair Play Award : Japan in the Lead
After the group stage of the 2001 FIFA Confederations Cup, Japan are leading the competition for the FIFA Fair Play Award. 06-Jun-2001

Average of two goals and 32,000 spectators per match
The 12 group matches of the FIFA Confederations Cup Korea/Japan 2001 have produced a total of 25 goals – and average of only just over two per match. 06-Jun-2001

Golden Goal rule to apply in final matches
The semi-finals and finals of the FIFA Confederations Cup Korea/Japan 2001 will be subject to the Golden Goal rule. 06-Jun-2001

Archundia and Ghandour to referee Confederations Cup semi-finals
The FIFA Referees' Committee has appointed Benito Archundia of Mexico to referee the Confederations Cup semi-final in Yokohama between Japan and Australia, while Gamal Ghandour of Egypt will be in charge of the semi-final in Suwon between France and Brazil. 06-Jun-2001

Confederations Cup semi-finals: Head-to-heads in the last 10 years
Both France/Brazil as well as Japan/Australia have met on various occasions in the last ten years with the most prominent encounter being the 1998 FIFA World Cup final in Paris. 05-Jun-2001

MEDIA ADVISORY: Qualification for the semi-finals
Detail concerning the determination of the ranking in the two groups and the allocation of the semi-finals. 03-Jun-2001

Troussier proud to be Japan coach
After seeing Japan seal their place in the semi-finals with a convincing 2-0 win over Cameroon in Niigata, coach Philippe Troussier revealed his enormous pride in his team's display 02-Jun-2001

Brazil v. Cameroon press conference, notes and quotes
"This victory did not necesarily make a big impact on the team's morale. Our morale was already high, it's just some people that didn't think so." Said Leao. 31-May-2001

Troussier warns against under-estimating Canada
Japan coach Philippe Troussier warned against complacency and over confidence before his team's first FIFA Confederations Cup match against Canada on Thursday, 31 May. 30-May-2001

Referees named for matches of the 2001 FIFA Confederations Cup
Egyptian referee Gamal Ghandour has been named by the FIFA Referee's Committee to take charge of the opening game of the FIFA Confederations Cup 2001 in Daegu between France and Korea. The assistants will be Dramane Dante (Mali) and Michael Ragoonath (Trinidad & Tobago), while the fourth referee is Carlos Batres (Guayana). 29-May-2001

Houllier in FIFA Technical Study Group
The coach of the successful Liverpool team, Gérard Houllier, is one of a five-man team that will be making a detailed analysis of the matches of the FIFA Confederations Cup in Korea and Japan. 29-May-2001

President Kim to open FIFA Confederations Cup
The President of the Korean Republic, Kim Dae Jung, will officially open the FIFA Confederations Cup Korea/Japan 2001 in the Daegu stadium on Wednesday. 29-May-2001

1,000 media to follow FIFA Confederations Cup
The FIFA Confederations Cup Korea/Japan 2001 is attracting large numbers of media representatives from all parts of the world. 29-May-2001

FIFA Confederations Cup - Players facts & figures
The youngest player in the tournament is, of course, Cameroon's spectacular Olympic gold-medalist goalkeeper Idriss Kameni who has just turned 17. 28-May-2001

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