143, 751 sq miles
Estimated at 121m
consists of four huge islands and hundreds of smaller
massive country lives, as it as always done under the
Emperor rule system, which is so often associated with
Japanese legend and history.
of the country is Japanese population whilst the rest
is made up of mainly Koreans. With hot and humid summers,
the majority of European teams may find it difficult
to play their favoured style of football, which could
well be of favour to this far eastern nation over any
european opponents they may encounter.
World Cup history is not the gretaest, France 98 was
their first ever appearance in the Finals, but since
that competition Japan have become a relativley strong
force and should be hard to beat on their own territory
38,391 sq miles
Estimated 46m (2000)
history was upto 1948 similar to neighbours North Korea,
until the Korean war interrupted the peace.
which has a 5000 year history, has been divided into
South Korea and North Korea since the end of World War
II in 1945 and the subsequent Korean War (1950-53).
climate of South Korea is generally good, and western
parts of the country have very little rainfall which
should mean good playing surfaces and decent weather
whilst the tournament is being played.
Korea has qualified for the World Cup Finals six times
since 1986. In accordance with the agreements reached
between the two co-host countries, the opening ceremony
and match will be held in Seoul.