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Ronaldo fairytale as Brazil down Germany to win World Cup
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YOKOHAMA, Japan (AFP) -Brazil star Ronaldo completed a fairytale comeback by scoring both goals as the South Americans defeated Germany 2-0 to clinch a record fifth World Cup and reclaim their place as the kings of football.

Brazil reign supreme after World Cup of shocks
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SEOUL (AFP) -Ronaldo came into the World Cup with a huge question mark hanging over his fitness but confounded the doubters with two goals in the final as Brazil beat Germany 2-0 to clinch a record fifth World Cup.

Brazil leaves Japan to bring home World Cup trophy
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NARITA, Japan (AFP) -The elated Brazilian national team left Japan to bring home the World Cup trophy.

Japan's next coach must be foreigner: Troussier
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TOKYO (AFP) -The French outgoing coach of Japan's World Cup side said that his successor must be another foreigner, and preferably from the "European school" of football.

Flair prevails over team ethic in World Cup of wonder
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YOKOHAMA, Japan (AFP) -Disciplined team-work rather than flair may have been the hallmark of so many teams at the World Cup - but in the end it was the individual genius of Brazil's footballers that won the day.

Brazil's 2002 vintage among the greats
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YOKOHAMA, Japan (AFP) -Brazil were back on top of the footballing world as their most impressive team for 20 years celebrated a record fifth World Cup title.

World's newspapers go nuts over Brazil
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PARIS (AFP) -Newspapers around the world praised Brazil's 2-0 World Cup final victory over Germany and honoured the role of Ronaldo whose injuries and 1998 World Cup disaster were consigned to memory.

Maradona dismisses 2002 World Cup as "mediocre"
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TOKYO (AFP) -The World Cup was medicore, Germany was a shadow of its former self and Rivaldo or Roberto Carlos was the tournament's best player, not eight-goal hero Ronaldo, according to former great Diego Maradona.

Future is bright for rebuilt Germany
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SEOUL (AFP) -Germany eventually bowed to Ronaldo's brilliance but the mere thought of 'die Mannschaft' even appearing in their seventh World Cup final seemed ridiculous ten months ago.

Germans prepare warm welcome for World Cup heroes
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FRANKFURT (AFP) -Thousands of German football fans gathered in Frankfurt to pay tribute to their World Cup final-losing football team, a side that surprised everyone by even making it to the final in Japan.

Japan, SKorea agree to build solid ties by using World Cup success
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TOKYO (AFP) -The leaders of Japan and South Korea pledged to boost their ties after successfully co-hosting the 2002 football World Cup.

North Korean football chief hails South Korea's World Cup success
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SEOUL (AFP) -North Korea's football chief hailed South Korea's spectacular World Cup campaign as a victory that spread delight to people in the two Koreas.

Cruyff slams World Cup and accuses Brazil of wrecking football
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HILVERSUM, The Netherlands (AFP) -Dutch legend Johan Cruyff has criticised this year's World Cup by branding it as an "unmemorable" tournament and slamming winners Brazil for playing "anti-football."

Tough guy Scolari redeemed as Brazil make it five
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YOKOHAMA, Japan (AFP) -Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari said Brazil had triumphed deservedly to carry off a fifth World Cup after his side beat Germany 2-0 in the final.

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