7 July ~ As we continue our 25 years of WSC retrospective, we look back to 2002. World Cups are generally regarded as milestones in football history and Asia's first tournament was no different. In WSC 186 Gabriele Marcotti reviewed the events in Japan and South Korea and tried to gauge how the world game was changing

For a competition that lasts 31 days – and one in which half the teams play just three matches – it’s quite remarkable that the World Cup is held in such high esteem as a barometer of footballing trends and relative strength. Especially a competition such as this one, where poor refereeing and bizarre episodes saw the World Cup lose a host of juggernauts (or potential juggernauts) before the quarter-finals, as fans of Portugal, Nigeria, Argentina, Italy and France will confirm. Still, this was not a 64-match exercise in futility. Read the full article

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