2003 FIFA Confederations Cup

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. 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.

2003 FIFA Confederations Cup
Coupe des Confédérations 2003
2003 FIFA Confederations Cup
Tournament details
Host countryFrance
Dates18 June – 29 June
Teams8 (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 played16
Goals scored37 (2.31 per match)
Attendance491,700 (30,731 per match)
Top scorer(s)France Thierry Henry (4 goals)
Best player(s)France Thierry Henry
Fair play award Japan

Qualified teams

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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 winners 30 June 2002 4th
 Japan AFC 2000 AFC Asian Cup winners 29 October 2000 3rd
 Colombia CONMEBOL 2001 Copa América winners 29 July 2001 1st
 United States CONCACAF 2002 CONCACAF Gold Cup winners 2 February 2002 3rd
 Cameroon CAF 2002 African Cup of Nations winners 10 February 2002 2nd
 Turkey UEFA 2002 FIFA World Cup third place1 29 June 2002 1st
 New Zealand OFC 2002 OFC Nations Cup winners 14 July 2002 2nd

1Italy, the UEFA Euro 2000 runners-up, declined to take part as did Germany, the 2002 FIFA World Cup 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
Finale OGCN-ASNL Stade-Gerland-RWC2007 Geoffroy Guichard ASSE

Match referees

North America, Central America and Caribbean
South America

Group stage

Group A

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 France 3 3 0 0 8 1 +7 9
 Colombia 3 2 0 1 4 2 +2 6
 Japan 3 1 0 2 4 3 +1 3
 New Zealand 3 0 0 3 1 11 −10 0
New Zealand 0–3 Japan
Report Nakamura Goal 12'75'
Nakata Goal 65'
France 1–0 Colombia
Henry Goal 39' (pen.) Report
Colombia 3–1 New Zealand
López Goal 58'
Yepes Goal 75'
Hernández Goal 85'
Report de Gregorio Goal 27'
France 2–1 Japan
Pires Goal 43' (pen.)
Govou Goal 65'
Report Nakamura Goal 59'
France 5–0 New Zealand
Kapo Goal 17'
Henry Goal 20'
Cissé Goal 71'
Giuly Goal 90+1'
Pires Goal 90+3'
Japan 0–1 Colombia
Report Hernández Goal 68'

Group B

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Cameroon 3 2 1 0 2 0 +2 7
 Turkey 3 1 1 1 4 4 0 4
 Brazil 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 4
 United States 3 0 1 2 1 3 −2 1
Turkey 2–1 United States
Okan Y. Goal 40' (pen.)
Tuncay Goal 73'
Report Beasley Goal 37'
Brazil 0–1 Cameroon
Report Eto'o Goal 83'
Cameroon 1–0 Turkey
Geremi Goal 90+1' (pen.) Report
Brazil 1–0 United States
Adriano Goal 22' Report
Brazil 2–2 Turkey
Adriano Goal 23'
Alex Goal 90+3'
Report Gökdeniz Goal 53'
Okan Y. Goal 81'
United States 0–0 Cameroon

Knockout stage

26 June - Lyon
29 June - Saint-Denis
26 June - Saint-Denis
 France (asdet)1
Third place
28 June - Saint-Étienne


Cameroon 1–0 Colombia
Ndiefi Goal 9' Report
France 3–2 Turkey
Henry Goal 11'
Pires Goal 26'
Wiltord Goal 43'
Report Gökdeniz Goal 42'
Tuncay Goal 48'

Third place play-off

Colombia 1–2 Turkey
Hernández Goal 63' Report Tuncay Goal 2'
Okan Y. Goal 86'


Cameroon 0–1 (a.e.t.) France
Report Henry Golden goal 97'


Golden Ball

FIFA presents the Golden Ball award to the outstanding player of the competition, as voted by the media present at the tournament.

Awards Golden Ball Silver Ball Bronze Ball
Players Thierry Henry Tuncay Şanlı Marc-Vivien Foé
Team  France  Turkey  Cameroon
Votes 28% 15% 7%

Golden Shoe

FIFA presents the Golden Shoe award to the tournament's top goalscorer.

Awards Golden Shoe Silver Shoe Bronze Shoe
Players Thierry Henry Tuncay Şanlı[a] Shunsuke Nakamura[b]
Team  France  Turkey  Japan
Goals 4 3 3

FIFA Fair Play Award

FIFA presents the Fair Play Award to the team with the best fair play record, according to a points system and criteria founded by the FIFA Fair Play Committee.

Award FIFA Fair Play Award
Team  Japan
Total 895
Matches played 3
Maximum 1,000
  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ Lowest number of minutes played (170). Giovanni Hernández, Robert Pires and Okan Yılmaz also produced/recorded three goals and zero assists.

Source: FIFA[4]


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.

4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 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. ^ "FIFA Confederations Cup official awards". Fédération Internationale de Football Association. Paris. 29 June 2003. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 July 2003. Retrieved 19 October 2017.

External links

2003 FIFA Confederations Cup Final

The 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup Final was a football match to determine the winners of the 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup. The match was held at Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France, on 29 June 2003 and was contested by Cameroon and France. France won the match 1–0, with a golden goal in the 97th minute. For the final the Cameroonian team wore shirts embroidered with Marc-Vivien Foé's name and dates of birth and death as a tribute to their midfielder who had suffered cardiac arrest and died on the pitch during their semi-final game against Colombia. At the presentation of medals and trophies, two Cameroon players held a large photo of Foé, on which a runner-up medal was hung. When France captain Marcel Desailly was presented with the trophy, he held it in unison with Cameroon captain Rigobert Song.

2003 FIFA Confederations Cup squads

Squads who participated in the 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup

Adriano Gabiru

Carlos Adriano de Souza Vieira or simply Adriano Gabiru (born 11 August 1977 in Maceió), is a retired Brazilian attacking midfielder.

He was member of the Brazilian national squad in Qualifying at the 2000 Summer Olympic Games and 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup.

In December 2006 he scored the game-winning and only goal in a 1–0 victory for Internacional against Spanish side FC Barcelona for the FIFA Club World Cup crown in Japan.

Ahmet Yıldırım

Ahmet Yıldırım (born 25 February 1974 in Amasya) was a Turkish professional footballer who played as a defender. He is currently the manager of Kastamonuspor.

Elkin Murillo

Elkin Antonio Murillo Amor (born 20 September 1977) is a retired Colombian football striker.

Murillo has made 28 appearances for the Colombia national football team, including two matches at the 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup.

Gerardo Vallejo

Gerardo Enrique Vallejo (born 12 March 1976 in Medellín) is a Colombian footballer who plays as a defender with Itagüí S.A..He previously played for Envigado and Deportivo Cali.He has been capped by the Colombia national football team and played against France and Japan in the 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup.

Jacques Santini

Jacques Jean Claude Santini (born 25 April 1952) is a French former football player and manager. He played for Saint-Étienne during the 1970s, and reached the European Cup final with them in 1976. He has coached the French national team - winning the 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup and reaching the quarter-finals of Euro 2004 - and clubs including Olympique Lyonnais.

Jorge López Caballero

Jorge López Caballero (born 15 August 1981) is a Colombian footballer.

He played for the Colombia national football team in the 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup and the qualifiers for the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

Keisuke Tsuboi

Keisuke Tsuboi (坪井 慶介, Tsuboi Keisuke, born 16 September 1979 in Tama, Tokyo) is a Japanese football player for J2 League team Renofa Yamaguchi FC.

Kléber de Carvalho Corrêa

Kléber de Carvalho Corrêa (born 1 April 1980 in São Paulo), commonly known as Kléber, is a Brazilian former professional footballer, who played as a left wingback.

Mohammadou Idrissou

Mohammadou Idrissou (born 8 March 1980) is a Cameroonian football striker who plays as a striker for FC Kufstein.

Nana Falemi

Ngassam Nana Falemi (born May 5, 1974) is a Cameroonian-Romanian footballer who played as a defensive midfielder. Born in Romania, he played for the Cameroon national football team, including appearing at the 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup.

Okan Yılmaz

Okan Yılmaz (born 16 May 1978) is a Turkish professional footballer.

Selçuk Şahin (footballer, born 1981)

Selçuk Şahin (born 31 January 1981) is a Turkish professional footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder for Süper Lig club Göztepe.

Serkan Balcı

Serkan Balcı (pronounced [seɾkan baɫdʒɯ]; born 22 August 1983) is a retired Turkish international footballer.

Stade Geoffroy-Guichard

Stade Geoffroy-Guichard is a multi-purpose stadium in Saint-Étienne, France. It is used primarily for football matches, and tournaments such as the UEFA Euro 1984 and 2016, the 1998 FIFA World Cup and the 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup. It is also used for rugby union, and was a venue at the 2007 Rugby World Cup. It is nicknamed "le Chaudron" (the Cauldron), or "l'enfer vert" (the Green Hell), an allusion to the colours worn by the local football team, AS Saint-Étienne, given during the team's heyday when it drew particularly large crowds (the record being set in 1985, with more than 47,000 spectators). More recently, its current capacity was 35,616 before the current renovations, which began in 2011 and have temporarily reduced this figure to 26,747. When the renovations are finished, the stadium will hold 42,000 seated spectators.

The stadium opened on 13 September 1931, and AS Saint-Étienne's first match there took place on 17 September against FAC Nice. The stadium was named after Geoffroy Guichard, founder of the Casino retail group, who purchased the site on which it was built.

Stade de Gerland

The Stade de Gerland (known for sponsorship reasons as Matmut Stadium de Gerland and otherwise known as Municipal de Gerland or Stade Gerland [stad ʒɛʁlɑ̃]) is a stadium in the city of Lyon, France which serves as home to Top 14 rugby club Lyon OU. It has a seating capacity of 25,000.

Situated in the Gerland quarter, it was used by French professional football club Olympique Lyonnais, who moved to the newly constructed Parc Olympique Lyonnais in 2016. Local rugby union club Lyon OU moved in beginning of 2017, replacing their much smaller stadium Matmut Stadium. The stadium's capacity was also reduced from 43,000 to a more reasonable 25,000.

The Stade de Gerland is listed as a Category three stadium by UEFA's standards and has hosted matches for the 1972 Rugby League World Cup, UEFA Euro 1984, the 1998 FIFA World Cup, and the 2007 Rugby World Cup.

The stadium has hosted concerts by many famous artists, including The Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson, David Bowie, Pink Floyd and Genesis.

Óscar Díaz (Colombian footballer)

Óscar Díaz Asprilla (born 8 June 1972) was a Colombian football midfielder.

Déaz was part of the Colombia national football team at the 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup where he played in the match against Japan.

Ömer Çatkıç

Ömer Çatkıç (born 15 October 1974 in Eskişehir) is a former Turkish football goalkeeper. He last played for Antalyaspor in the Turkish Super Lig.He played for Eskişehirspor, Gaziantepspor, Gençlerbirliği, and Bursaspor. He returned to Gaziantepsor in 2007–2008 season.

He played for Turkey national football team and was a participant at the Euro 2000, 2002 FIFA World Cup and 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup.

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