's complete coverage of the FIFA World Cup 2002 World Cup

Roster | Team Stats | Player Stats
Team W L T GF GA Pts
x-Mexico 2 0 1 4 2 7
q-Italy 1 1 1 4 3 4
Croatia 1 2 0 2 3 3
Ecuador 1 2 0 2 4 3
x-group winner, q-qualified for 2nd round
Italy 1
South Korea 2
Recap | Match Summary
ITA - Christian Vieri, 18th min.
KOR - Ki-Hyeon Seol, 88th min.
KOR - Jung Hwan Ahn, 117th min.

June 27, 05:47 a.m. ET Italy's Collina to referee World Cup final (Reuters)
June 27, 05:47 a.m. ET Italy's Collina to referee World Cup final (The Associated Press)
Date Time* Teams Stories
Mon. June 3rd 07:30 a.m. ET Italy 2, Ecuador 0
at Sapporo, Japan
Recap | Match Summary
Sat. June 8th 05:00 a.m. ET Croatia 2, Italy 1
at Ibaraki, Japan
Recap | Match Summary
Thu. June 13th 07:30 a.m. ET Mexico 1, Italy 1
at Oita, Japan
Recap | Match Summary
Tue. June 18th 07:30 a.m. ET South Korea 2, Italy 1
at Daejeon, South Korea
Recap | Match Summary
* - GMT is ET + 4 hrs.; Tokyo/Seoul local time is ET + 13 hrs.

Italy Team Information
Italy Lineup Recent Italy lineup.
Once the second round starts, Italy's half of the bracket (with possible foes Germany, Portugal and Spain) will be far easier than the other half (Argentina, Brazil, England, France). In other words, punch the Italians a ticket to the final. They have the planet's top goalkeeper, Gigi Buffon, and top defense, led by the ageless Paolo Maldini, as well as sniper Christian (Bobo) Vieri, perhaps the only Italian whose favorite athlete is a cricketer (Sir Donald Bradman).
--Grant Wahl (More)

  • Pedro Pinto: Italy Team Spotlight 
  • Italy World Cup History 
  • Star Watch: Francesco Totti 
  • Player Profiles 
  • Italy ready to take final step to World Cup glory 
  • Buffon adds bravado, heritage to Italian campaign 
  • Trapattoni brings energy, enthusiasm to Italy 
    From World Soccer Magazine
  • Player Profile: Dario Hubner 
  • Q & A with coach Giovanni Trapattoni 
  • Team Preview