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21 World Cup memories we can't forget from Japan and South Korea '02

Yes, it features the ‘S’ word, but there were good times too.

1. Wondering what was up with Ronaldo’s hair

Soccer - FIFA World Cup 2002 - Final - Germany v Brazil Source: Maurizio Borsari

2. Not that it did his form any harm

Source: Benjamín Rodríguez Alvarez/YouTube

3. Meeting Triggs for the first time

Roy Keane Home Source: Martin Rickett

4. Getting up early to watch Matt Holland whack this one in

Source: Conall Charleton/YouTube

5. Beckham’s revenge

Source: Alex Nguyen/YouTube

6. The Duffer became an international icon after his bow against Saudi Arabia

He didn’t score much, so just as well he enjoyed it.

Damien Duff with Robbie Keane DIGITAL Source: INPHO

7. Ronaldinho meant this, right?

Source: tomita90/YouTube

8. Hearing the cheers when this happened during English paper two

Source: Aodhancfc92/YouTube

9. Watching Mick McCarthy go through the full range of human emotion over and over again


10. ‘IIIIIII’mmmm Mick McCarthy’s bay-beh…’

Source: Bing Bangboozy/YouTube

11. The woeful refereeing that denied Italy

WORLD CUP TOTTI RED CARD Source: AP/Press Association Images

Even when manager of Ireland, Giovanni Trapattoni was still holding a grudge against Byron Moreno (who later pleaded guilty to charges of drug smuggling after his 2010 arrest in JFK) and Serie A club Perugia sacked Ahn Jung Hwan after his goal knocked the Azzuri out.

12. Still, South Korea were a great bunch of lads

Soccer -FIFA World Cup 2002 - Second Round - Republic Of Korea v Italy Source: EMPICS Sport

13. Rivaldo almost ruining the whole summer


14. Having a row with your granny over the whole Roy v Mick thing

Mick McCarthy and Roy Keane DIGITAL Source: INPHO

The memo that was circulated DIGITAL Source: INPHO

15. Lots of pictures like this from the departures area of Saipan Airport

Roy Keane at Saipan airport Source: INPHO

16. The whole country tuned in to watch Tommie Gorman’s interview


17. This double hammer blow against Spain

You are kidding me, Ireland.


18. Anders Frisk, Fernando Hierro and Robbie’s bow and arrow to the rescue

Source: Conall Charleton/YouTube

19. Cursing at the top of your lungs at the TV on the worst summer afternoon ever

Players from both sides Source: Tom Honan/INPHO

20. Cafu and the kings of the world

Cafu celebrates 30/6/2002 DIGITAL Source: INPHO

21. RTE’s highlights package being the only way to relive the magic

Source: darrzo/YouTube

A dozen years on, what’s your stand-out memory?

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Sean Farrell

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