2003 FIFA Confederations Cup

2003 FIFA Confederations Cup
Coupe des Confédérations 2003
Tournament details
Host country France
Dates 18 June – 29 June
Teams 8 (from 6 confederations)
Venue(s) 3 (in 3 host cities)
Final positions
Champions  France (2nd title)
Runners-up  Cameroon
Third place  Turkey
Fourth place  Colombia
Tournament statistics
Matches played 16
Goals scored 37 (2.31 per match)
Attendance 491,700 (30,731 per match)
Top scorer(s) France Thierry Henry (4 goals)
Best player France Thierry Henry
Fair play award  Japan

The 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup football tournament was the sixth FIFA Confederations Cup, held in France in June 2003. France retained the title they had won in 2001, but the tournament was overshadowed by the death of Cameroon player Marc-Vivien Foé, who died of heart failure in his side's semi-final against Colombia. Foé's death united the France and Cameroon teams in the final match, which was played even though team players from both sides had explicitly stated that the match should not be played out of respect for Foé. France went on to win the trophy with a golden goal from Thierry Henry.

At the presentation of medals and trophies, two Cameroon players held a gigantic photo of Foé, and a runner-up medal was hung to the edge of the photo too. When French captain Marcel Desailly was presented with the Confederations Cup, he did not lift it up high, but held it in unison with Cameroon captain Rigobert Song. Foé finished third in media voting for player of the tournament and was posthumously awarded the Bronze Ball at its conclusion.

Qualified teams

2003 FIFA Confederations Cup participating teams
Red – Participated in Group A
Blue – Participated in Group B
Team Confederation Qualification method Date qualification secured Participation no.
 France UEFA UEFA Euro 2000 winners
2 July 2000
24 September 2002
 Brazil CONMEBOL 2002 FIFA World Cup winner 30 June 2002 4th
 Japan AFC 2000 AFC Asian Cup winner 29 October 2000 3rd
 Colombia CONMEBOL 2001 Copa América winner 29 July 2001 1st
 United States CONCACAF 2002 CONCACAF Gold Cup winner 2 February 2002 3rd
 Cameroon CAF 2002 African Cup of Nations winner 10 February 2002 2nd
 Turkey UEFA 2002 FIFA World Cup third place1 29 June 2002 1st
 New Zealand OFC 2002 OFC Nations Cup winner 14 July 2002 2nd

1Germany, the 2002 FIFA World Cup runners-up, declined to take part as did Italy, the UEFA Euro 2000 runners-up. So did Spain, who were ranked second in the FIFA World Rankings at the time. They were replaced by Turkey, who came third in the 2002 FIFA World Cup.

Bid process

Five bids came before the deadline at 1 May 2002. Australia, Portugal and the United States put in single bids, while South Africa–Egypt and France–Switzerland put in joint bids. The France–Switzerland bid never materialized.[1][2]

The host was selected on 24 September 2002, during a meeting of FIFA's Executive Committee.[3]


The matches were played in:

Saint-Denis Lyon Saint-Étienne
Stade de France Stade de Gerland Stade Geoffroy-Guichard
Capacity: 80,000 Capacity: 41,200 Capacity: 36,000

Match officials


North America, Central America and Caribbean
South America


For a list of all squads that appeared in the tournament, see 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup squads.

Group stage

Group A

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 France 330081+79
 Colombia 320142+26
 Japan 310243+13
 New Zealand 3003111100

18 June 2003
18:00 CEST
New Zealand  0–3  Japan
Report Nakamura  12', 75'
Nakata  65'
Stade de France, Saint-Denis
Attendance: 36,038
Referee: Coffi Codjia (Benin)

18 June 2003
21:00 CEST
France  1–0  Colombia
Henry  39' (pen.) Report
Stade de Gerland, Lyon
Attendance: 38,541
Referee: Lucílio Batista (Portugal)

20 June 2003
19:00 CEST
Colombia  3–1  New Zealand
López  58'
Yepes  75'
Hernández  85'
Report de Gregorio  27'
Stade de Gerland, Lyon
Attendance: 22,811
Referee: Carlos Batres (Guatemala)

20 June 2003
21:00 CEST
France  2–1  Japan
Pirès  43' (pen.)
Govou  65'
Report Nakamura  59'

22 June 2003
21:00 CEST
France  5–0  New Zealand
Kapo  17'
Henry  20'
Cissé  71'
Giuly  90+1'
Pirès  90+3'
Stade de France, Saint-Denis
Attendance: 36,842
Referee: Masoud Moradi (Iran)

22 June 2003
21:00 CEST
Japan  0–1  Colombia
Report Hernández  68'

Group B

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Cameroon 321020+27
 Turkey 31114404
 Brazil 31113304
 United States 30121321

19 June 2003
19:00 CEST
Turkey  2–1  United States
Okan Y.  40' (pen.)
Tuncay  73'
Report Beasley  37'

19 June 2003
21:00 CEST
Brazil  0–1  Cameroon
Report Eto'o  83'
Stade de France, Saint-Denis
Attendance: 46,719
Referee: Valentin Ivanov (Russia)

21 June 2003
19:00 CEST
Cameroon  1–0  Turkey
Geremi  90+1' (pen.) Report

21 June 2003
21:00 CEST
Brazil  1–0  United States
Adriano  22' Report
Stade de Gerland, Lyon
Attendance: 20,306
Referee: Lucílio Batista (Portugal)

23 June 2003
21:00 CEST
Brazil  2–2  Turkey
Adriano  23'
Alex  90+3'
Report Gökdeniz  53'
Okan Y.  81'

23 June 2003
21:00 CEST
United States  0–0  Cameroon
Stade de Gerland, Lyon
Attendance: 19,206
Referee: Mark Shield (Australia)

Knockout stage

Semi-finals Final
26 June - Lyon
  Cameroon  1  
  Colombia  0  
29 June - Saint-Denis
      Cameroon  0
    France (a.e.t.)  1
Third place
26 June - Saint-Denis 28 June - Saint-Etienne
  France  3   Colombia  1
  Turkey  2     Turkey  2


26 June 2003
18:00 CEST
Cameroon  1–0  Colombia
Ndiefi  9' Report
Stade de Gerland, Lyon
Attendance: 12,352
Referee: Markus Merk (Germany)

26 June 2003
21:00 CEST
France  3–2  Turkey
Henry  11'
Pirès  26'
Wiltord  43'
Report Gökdeniz  42'
Tuncay  48'
Stade de France, Saint-Denis
Attendance: 41,195
Referee: Jorge Larrionda (Uruguay)

Third place play-off

28 June 2003
18:00 CEST
Colombia  1–2  Turkey
Hernández  63' Report Tuncay  2'
Okan Y.  86'


29 June 2003
21:00 CEST
Cameroon  0–1
Report Henry  97'
Stade de France, Saint-Denis
Attendance: 51,985
Referee: Valentin Ivanov (Russia)


Golden Ball Winner Golden Shoe Winner FIFA Fair Play Trophy
France Thierry Henry France Thierry Henry  Japan
Silver Ball Winner Silver Shoe Winner
Turkey Tuncay Şanlı Turkey Tuncay Şanlı
Bronze Ball Winner Bronze Shoe Winner
Cameroon Marc-Vivien Foé Japan Shunsuke Nakamura


Thierry Henry received the Golden Shoe award for scoring four goals. In total, 37 goals were scored by 22 different players, with none of them credited as own goal.


  1. "Egypt, South Africa gunning for 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup". panapress.com. 14 March 2002.
  2. "USA bids to host 2003 Confederations Cup". socceramerica.com. 3 July 2002.
  3. "FIFA Executive Committee designates France as hosts of 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup". FIFA. 24 September 2002.
  4. Although four other players had three goals each, Tuncay received the Silver Shoe award as he was the only one of the five to have registered an assist in the competition.

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