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2003 FIFA Confederations Cup

2003 FIFA Confederations Cup
Coupe des Confédérations 2003
Tournament details
Host country France
Dates 18 June - 29 June
Teams(from 6 confederations)
Venue(s)(in 3 host cities)
Final positions
Champions 23x15px France (2nd title)
Runners-up 23x15px Cameroon
Third place 23x15px Turkey
Fourth place 23x15px Colombia
Tournament statistics
Matches played 16
Goals scored 37 (2.31 per match)
Attendance 491,700 (30,731 per match)
Top scorer(s) 23x15px Thierry Henry (4 goals)
Best player 23x15px Thierry Henry

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

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2003 FIFA Confederations Cup participating teams
Team Confederation Qualification method Date qualification secured Participation no.
23x15px France UEFA UEFA Euro 2000 winners and hosts 2nd
23x15px Brazil CONMEBOL 2002 FIFA World Cup winner 30 June 2002 4th
Template:Country data Japan AFC 2000 AFC Asian Cup winner 29 October 2000 3rd
23x15px Colombia CONMEBOL 2001 Copa América winner 29 July 2001 1st
23x15px United States CONCACAF 2002 CONCACAF Gold Cup winner 2 February 2002 3rd
23x15px Cameroon CAF 2002 African Cup of Nations winner 10 February 2002 2nd
23x15px Turkey UEFA 2002 FIFA World Cup third place1 29 June 2002 1st
23x15px 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 as 2nd ranked team in the FIFA rankings at the time. They were replaced by Turkey, who became third in the 2002 FIFA World Cup.


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
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Match officials


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
23x15px France 3 3 0 0 8 1 +7 9
23x15px Colombia 3 2 0 1 4 2 +2 6
Template:Country data JPN 3 1 0 2 4 3 +1 3
23x15px New Zealand 3 0 0 3 1 11 −10 0

18 June 2003
21:00 CEST
France 23x15px 1 – 0 23x15px Colombia
Henry Goal 39' (pen.) Report
Stade de Gerland, Lyon
Attendance: 38,541
Referee: Lucílio Batista (Portugal)

22 June 2003
21:00 CEST
France 23x15px 5 – 0 23x15px New Zealand
Kapo Goal 17'
Henry Goal 20'
Cissé Goal 71'
Giuly Goal 90+1'
Pirès Goal 90+3'
Stade de France, Saint-Denis
Attendance: 36,842
Referee: Masoud Moradi (Iran)

Group B

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
23x15px Cameroon 3 2 1 0 2 0 +2 7
23x15px Turkey 3 1 1 1 4 4 0 4
23x15px Brazil 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 4
23x15px United States 3 0 1 2 1 3 −2 1

19 June 2003
21:00 CEST
Brazil 23x15px 0 – 1 23x15px Cameroon
Report Eto'o Goal 83'
Stade de France, Saint-Denis
Attendance: 46,719
Referee: Valentin Ivanov (Russia)

21 June 2003
19:00 CEST
Cameroon 23x15px 1 – 0 23x15px Turkey
Geremi Goal 90+1' (pen.) Report

Knockout stage

Semi-finals Final
26 June - Lyon
 23x15px Cameroon  1  
 23x15px Colombia  0  
29 June - Saint-Denis
     23x15px Cameroon  0
   23x15px France (a.e.t.)  1
Third place
26 June - Saint-Denis 28 June - Saint-Etienne
 23x15px France  3  23x15px Colombia  1
 23x15px Turkey  2    23x15px Turkey  2


26 June 2003
18:00 CEST
Cameroon 23x15px 1 – 0 23x15px Colombia
Ndiefi Goal 9' Report
Stade de Gerland, Lyon
Attendance: 12,352
Referee: Markus Merk (Germany)

Third place play-off



Golden Ball Winner Golden Shoe Winner FIFA Fair Play Trophy
23x15px Thierry Henry 23x15px Thierry Henry Template:Country data JPN
Silver Ball Winner Silver Shoe Winner
23x15px Tuncay Şanlı 23x15px Tuncay Şanlı
Bronze Ball Winner Bronze Shoe Winner
23x15px Marc-Vivien Foé Template:Country data JPN 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. ^ 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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