World Cup: How do the hosts usually fair? (4)

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2002 - Japan and South Korea

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The World Cup was co-hosted for the first, and so far only, time in 2002 as FIFA took their pride and joy to Asia to be hosted by Japan and South Korea.

The competition was ultimately split into two, with groups A-D and their respective knock-out stages being held in South Korea, while groups E-H and their resulting knock-out matches were held in Japan.

The two countries undoubtedly benefitted from home advantage in the early stages as both teams topped their groups with unbeaten records.

Unfortunately for Japan, they were to go no further and were defeated by eventual semi-finalists Turkey in the round of 16.

South Korea enjoyed much greater success, knocking out European giants Italy and Spain on their way to the semi-finals, where they'd lose to Germany.

Defeat to Turkey ensued in the third/fourth place play off but the people of South Korea were delighted with such an impressive showing.

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