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Why some teams just can't win
Why are Brazil and Germany always playing in the World Cup finals while most other teams simply take turns serving as their victims?

Highs and lows
The verdicts on the teams and players that had most impact at this remarkable event.

  World Cup Champions
 -- Brazil crowned world champions
 -- Ronaldo double gives Brazil fifth triumph
 -- Ronaldo overjoyed at Brazilian win
 -- Brazilian fans add color to finals
 -- Moan goes up across Germany


Bhutan routs Montserrat in 'other final'
Bhutan routed Montserrat 4-0 in "the other final," played between the two lowest ranked soccer countries in the world Sunday, just hours before the World Cup final in Japan between Brazil and Germany.

World beater
How Ronaldo became the best in the business. Also read: Ronaldo emerges from the shadows of '98.

Curse of Collina for Kahn
The German goalkeeper, who had a bad day in the office, rues unlucky ref. Also read: Kahn meets his fate.

World Cup delivered magic moments
Only one final since 1950 has not featured either one of these two giants of international football. But even if the final fails to live up to expectations this World Cup has still delivered its fair share of magical moments.

Lay Off the Refs
The men in black shouldn't take heat from a bunch of sore losers.

Kahn finally makes fatal slip
The Germans, meeting Brazil for the first time in World Cup history, had fought bravely until their captain made his first mistake of the tournament by failing to block an effort straight at him from Rivaldo.

Ronaldo thanks doctor who saved his career
In an emotional reunion hours before Sunday's World Cup final, Brazil striker Ronaldo thanked the French doctor who saved his career.

Germany cancels party after World Cup final defeat
Germany cancelled the party after Brazil beat the resurgent national soccer side 2-0 in the World Cup final, a slip-up from hero Oliver Kahn and a Ronaldo double denying Germany a fourth World Cup triumph.

With pomp, Japan bids farewell to World Cup
With a 20-meter-high (60-foot-high) replica of Mount Fuji in the center of the field, Japan said goodbye to the first World Cup in Asia, that paid tribute to the 32 nations competing for the first championship of the 21st century.

Kahn named best goalkeeper of World Cup
Germany's Oliver Kahn has been named as the best goalkeeper of the 2002 World Cup. The Bayern Munich star receives the Yashin Award from world soccer's governing body Fifa.

Good Conductors
Brazil's Scolari and Germany's Voeller are masters at the art of coaching.

The World Cup in Photos
Relive all the tournament action with Soccernet's photo galleries.

Offbeat
Bend it like Baggio
Get some free kicks out of this cool soccer game.

Which footballer are you?
Take this quiz to find out.

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