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) Thierry Henry (4 goals)
Best player 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. 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

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

Match referees


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
New Zealand  0–3  Japan
Report Nakamura  12', 75'
Nakata  65'
Attendance: 36,038
Referee: Coffi Codjia (Benin)

France  1–0  Colombia
Henry  39' (pen.) Report
Attendance: 38,541

Colombia  3–1  New Zealand
López  58'
Yepes  75'
Hernández  85'
Report de Gregorio  27'
Attendance: 22,811

France  2–1  Japan
Pirès  43' (pen.)
Govou  65'
Report Nakamura  59'

France  5–0  New Zealand
Kapo  17'
Henry  20'
Cissé  71'
Giuly  90+1'
Pirès  90+3'
Attendance: 36,842
Referee: Masoud Moradi (Iran)

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
Turkey  2–1  United States
Okan Y.  40' (pen.)
Tuncay  73'
Report Beasley  37'

Brazil  0–1  Cameroon
Report Eto'o  83'
Attendance: 46,719

Cameroon  1–0  Turkey
Geremi  90+1' (pen.) Report
Attendance: 43,743

Brazil  1–0  United States
Adriano  22' Report
Attendance: 20,306

Brazil  2–2  Turkey
Adriano  23'
Alex  90+3'
Report Gökdeniz  53'
Okan Y.  81'

United States  0–0  Cameroon
Attendance: 19,206

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  9' Report
Attendance: 12,352
Referee: Markus Merk (Germany)

France  3–2  Turkey
Henry  11'
Pirès  26'
Wiltord  43'
Report Gökdeniz  42'
Tuncay  48'
Attendance: 41,195

Third place play-off

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


Cameroon  0–1 (a.e.t.)  France
Report Henry  97'
Attendance: 51,985


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 HenryTuncay ŞanlıMarc-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 HenryTuncay Şanlı[lower-alpha 1]Shunsuke Nakamura[lower-alpha 2]
Team  France Turkey Japan
Goals 433

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 Pirès 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


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  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.
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