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International tournaments are an important part of soccer showcasing the world's best players in their national team colours, playing for the pride of their country. There are many different tournaments but the ones shown here are either confederation or world championships.

Most of these profiles are one page reports on the tournament. However, there are larger sections profiling the 2000 Sydney Olympics and 2002 World Cup.

World Cup Korea/Japan 2002 Korea/Japan 2002
European Championships Portugal 2004 Belgium/Holland 2000, Portugal 2004
Copa America Peru 2004 Colombia 2001, Peru 2004
African Nations Cup Tunisia 2004 Nigeria/Ghana 2000, Mali 2002, Tunisia 2004
The Football Confederation Gold Cup Mexico/USA 2003 USA 2000, USA 2002, Mexico/USA 2003
Asian Cup Lebanon 2000 Lebanon 2000
Oceania Nations Cup New Zealand 2002 Tahiti 2000, New Zealand 2002
Olympic Games Sydney 2000 Sydney 2000
World Youth Cup (U/20) UAE 2003 Argentina 2001, UAE 2003
World U/17 Championships Finland 2003 Trinidad & Tobago 2001, Finland 2003


Players cannot be seen as great until they lead their country to glory. If this is not possible, as the player does not play for a top nation, the game of soccer and the individual both miss out. A picture of the World Cup Trophy held up by Didier Deschamps when France won in 1998 is shown below.

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