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Group A: Team-by-Team Previews


DENMARK
FIFA Ranking: 20th (tied)
2002 World Cup qualifying: Won UEFA “Group 3” (6-0-4; 22 GF, 6 GA)
World Cup final appearances: 3 – 1986 (9th), 1998 (8th), 2002
Overall Record in WC:  5-3-1
Manager: Morten Olsen (DEN)
Championship Honors: 1992 European Cup champions; 1995 Confederations Cup champions
Fast Facts: A surprise team in 1998, they advanced to the quarterfinals (where they lost to Brazil). … Were led in qualifying by Ebbe Sand’s nine goals (second in Europe). … Their campaign was made all the more special as the team adjusts to the international retirements of Peter Schmeichel and the Laudrup brothers.

FRANCE
FIFA Ranking: 1st
2002 World Cup qualifying: Qualified as defending champion
World Cup final appearances: 11 – 1930 (7th), 1934 (9th), 1938 (6th), 1954 (11th), 1958 (3rd), 1966 (13th), 1978 (12th), 1982 (4th), 1986 (3rd), 1998 (1st), 2002
Overall Record in WC: 21-14-6
Manager: Roger Lemerre (FRA)
Championship Honors:  1984 Olympic champions; 1998 World Cup champions; 1984 & 2000 European Cup champions; 2001 Confederations Cup champions
Fast Facts: Combined with their triumph in Euro 2000, France are just the second team in history to hold World Cup and European Championship trophies at the same time (Germany won the 1972 Euro title and the 1974 World Cup). … Led by two-time FIFA World Player of the Year Zinedine Zidane.

SENEGAL
FIFA Ranking: 43rd
2002 World Cup qualifying: Won Africa “Group 3” (4-1-3; 14 GF, 2 GA)
World Cup final appearances: 1 – 2002
Overall Record in WC:  First appearance
Manager:  Bruno Metsu (SEN)
Fast Facts: One of four rookie nations in the 2002 tournament (China, Ecuador and Slovenia are the others). … The lowest ranked of the five African nations in the World Cup, they were the first to qualify by winning their group easily.

URUGUAY
FIFA Ranking: Tied 20th    
2002 World Cup qualifying: Finished fifth in CONMEBOL Final Group (7-5-6; 19 GF, 13 GA); defeated Australia in home-and-home playoff 3-1 on aggregate
World Cup final appearances: 10 – 1930 (1st), 1950 (1st), 1954 (4th), 1962 (12th), 1966 (7th), 1970 (4th), 1974 (13th), 1986 (16th), 1990 (16th), 2002
Overall Record in WC: 15-14-8
Manager: Victor Pua (URU)
Championship Honors: 1930 & 1950 World Cup champions; 1916, 1917, 1920, 1923, 1924, 1926, 1935, 1942, 1956, 1959, 1967, 1987, & 1995 Copa America champions (13 times)
Fast Facts: Successfully qualified for their 10th overall World Cup, but their first in 12 years. …  To qualify they came from behind to earn a 3-1 aggregate playoff series victory over Australia (winning 3-0 at home, after losing 1-0 on the road) … Won the first two World Cups they entered (in 1930 and 1950).

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