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20 reasons why the 2002 World Cup confirmed that Soccer is a 'Beautiful Game'.
1 - The supremely gifted Brazilians. Makes us believe even
2 - For teaching us a lesson in geography. Senegal is
3 - The hairdo stunt. If you can't make headlines with your
4 - The goal celebration jig. Our favourite: Senegal's players dancing around the jersey of goalscorer Pape Bouba
5 - The substitute's itch. Best exemplified by Nelson Cuevas, who warmed the bench for Mexico
6 - "Er, how do I say, 'pass' in Swahili?" Winfried Schafer from Germany coached Cameroon and
7 - The fans who made a style statement. The Brazilians
8 - Japan and Korea. For teaching the Goliaths of soccer a
9 - You may have a ludicrous name, but you can still earn
10 - Ronaldinho. For outfoxing Seaman, then confounding
11 - Spirit of the jersey exchange, with the odd exception. After Rivaldo's play-acting
12 - Off the touch line and gone! Dennis Rommedahl of Denmark runs 100m in 10.3 secs,
13 - Looking West, representing the East, teaching the West. Ahn Jung-Hwan and Hidetoshi
14 - The monosyllabic reaction of South American commentators who rather than describe
15 - The soccer wordsmith. 'Diving' is a sport and it's passť. The operative word is, 'simulation'.
16 - The symbolism of the Cup title - "We're kings!" No fancy pay cheque from FIFA.
17 - African song. Nigeria and Cameroon were touted as the teams to watch out for;
18 - 'I want to ride my bicycle.' Several players made audacious attempts on the goal with
19 - The refs. Maligned for errors in judgement, the Men in Black amused with their mannerisms.
20 - Brazil's hot spots. Their players attracted a crowd of defenders, their fans attracted
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