Sunday 16 April 2017

Al Día newspaper (Costa Rica) - 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea-Japan

2002 FIFA World Cup Korea-Japan
Al Día newspaper
Costa Rica
144 cards

Daniel Brenes has provided photos of the cards from this set allowing me to compile this checklist. Daniel also provided a few notes:
The distribution was the same as the 1998 cards: every Sunday the newspaper had included 9-card sheet inside. But there was a slightly difference here, the sheet might vary according to the city where it was bought, making it more difficult to complete the set. The base set contains 144 cards. This time the sheets weren't printed by group. Instead, the players were selected randomly. The pictures I sent you are sorted by group, and as you can see, the quantity of the cards per team is very different - Costa Rica has 23 players plus the coach. The cards are slightly bigger than a normal card. They measure 2 5/8" x 3 11/16" per card and the card is similar to that used for the 1998 cards. The cards contain many errors, the Niger flag was used on the Nigeria cards, confussion between South Korea and Japan flags, and the back of Fabio Cannavaro is not Cannavvaro.
The picture on the back of the Fabio Cannavvaro is not even an Italian player, it's Scotland and Glasgow Rangers striker Gordon Durie!
UPDATE (22-01-2020 08:22):  A scan of the Igor (Egor) Titov card has been provided by Mikhail, though the photo is incorrect. Titov is depicted on the back of the card. Can anyone identify the player shown on the front of the card?
UPDATE (14-02-2021 07:01):  nauprm has left a comment below identifying the player on the Titov card as Pavel Kuka from Czech Republic. The kit he's wearing is from the  Czech Republic's game at Euro 2000 against Netherlands.

Fabien Barthez (France)
Marcel Desailly (France)
Bixente Lizarazu (France)
Emmanuel Petit (France)
Zinedine Zidane (France)
Nicolas Anelka (France)
Patrick Vieira (France)
Henri Camara (Senegal)
Paolo Montero (Uruguay)
Dario Silva (Uruguay)
Federico Magallanes (Uruguay)
Alvaro Recoba (Uruguay)
Jan Heintze (Denmark)
Thomas Helveg (Denmark)
Ebbe Sand (Denmark)
Santiago Cañizares (Spain)
Fernando Hierro (Spain)
Iván Helguera (Spain)
Luis Enrique (Spain)
Diego Tristán (Spain)
Fernando Morientes (Spain)
Raúl Gonzales (Spain)
Zlatko Zahovic (Slovenia)
Djoni Novak (Slovenia)
Miran Pavlin (Slovenia)
José Luis Chilavert (Paraguay)
Ceiso Ayala (Paraguay)
Roque Santa Cruz (Paraguay)
José Cardozo (Paraguay)
Quinton Fortune (South Africa)
Dida (Brazil)
Roberto Carlos (Brazil)
Juninho Paulista (Brazil)
Rivaldo (Brazil)
Ronaldinho Gaucho (Brazil)
Denilson (Brazil)
Ronaldo (Brazil)
Yildiray Basturk (Turkey)
Hasan Sas (Turkey)
Hakan Sukur (Turkey)
Xie Hui (China)
Erick Lomis (Costa Rica)
Alvaro Mesén (Costa Rica)
Luis Marin (Costa Rica)
Geovanny Jara (Costa Rica)
Reynaldo Parks (Costa Rica)
Gilberto Martinez (Costa Rica)
Austin Berry (Costa Rica)
Jervis Drummond (Costa Rica)
Harold Wallace (Costa Rica)
Carlos Castro (Costa Rica)
Rodrigo Cordero (Costa Rica)
Wilmer López (Costa Rica)
Mauricio Solis (Costa Rica)
Walter Centeno (Costa Rica)
Steven Bryce (Costa Rica)
William Sunsing (Costa Rica)
Ronald Gómez (Costa Rica)
Hernán Medford (Costa Rica)
Rolando Fonseca (Costa Rica)
Paulo César Wanchope (Costa Rica)
Sim Jae-Won (South Korea)
Jung Hwan Ahn (South Korea)
Chong Gug Song (South Korea)   -   flag of Japan
Emmanuel Olisadebe (Poland)
Kasey Keller (USA)
Claudio Reyna (USA)
Joe-Max Moore (USA)
Earnie Stewart (USA)
Fernando Couto (Portugal)
Sergio Conceicao (Portugal)
Rui Costa (Portugal)
Luis Figo (Portugal)
Nuno Gomes (Portugal)
Pauleta (Portugal)
Joao Pinto (Portugal)
Oliver Kahn (Germany)
Christian Ziege (Germany)
Dietmar Hamann (Germany)
Michael Ballack (Germany)
Sebastian Deisler (Germany)
Oliver Neuville (Germany)
Oliver Bierhoff (Germany)
Sami Al Jaber (Saudi Arabia)
Steve Staunton (Republic of Ireland)
Roy Keane (Republic of Ireland)
Niall Quinn (Republic of Ireland)
Nijtap Geremi (Caneroon)
Salomon Olembe (Caneroon)
Patrick Mboma (Caneroon)
Samuel Eto'o (Caneroon)
German Burgos (Argentina)
Javier Zanetti (Argentina)
Ariel Ortega (Argentina)
Juan Sebastian Veron (Argentina)
Claudio López (Argentina)
Hernán Crespo (Argentina)
Gabriel Batistuta (Argentina)
Augustine Okocha (Nigeria)
Tijani Babangida (Nigeria)
Nwankwo Kanu (Nigeria)   -   Arsenal kit
George Finidi (Nigeria)
Sol Campbell (England)   -   Tottenham Hotspur kit
Paul Scholes (England)
David Beckham (England)
Emile Heskey (England)   -   Liverpool kit
Michael Owen (England)
Robbie Fowler (England)   -   Liverpool kit
Henrik Larsson (Sweden)
Gianluigi Buffon (Italy)
Paolo Maldini (Italy)
Fabio Cannavaro (Italy)   -   Gordon Durie (Scotland) on the back
Demetrio Albertini (Italy)
Francesco Totti (Italy)
Alessandro Del Piero (Italy)
Filippo Inzaghi (Italy)
Robert Prosinecki (Croatia)
Goran Vlaovic (Croatia)
Davor Suker (Croatia)
Rafael Marquez (Mexico)
Jared Borgetti (Mexico)
Francisco Palencia (Mexico)
Alberto Garcia A. (Mexico)
Alex Aguinaga (Ecuador)
Viktor Onopko (Russia)
Alexander Mostovoi (Russia)
Valery Karpin (Russia)
Igor Titov (Russia)  -  correct name Egor Titov - photo is Pavel Kuka   -  thanks to Mikhail, nauprm
Bart Goor (Belgium)
Marc Wilmots (Belgium)
Johan Walem (Belgium)
Hidetoshi Nakata (Japan)
Akinori Nishizawa (Japan)
Naohiro Takahara (Japan)
Zoubeir Baya (Turkey)
Roger Lemerre (France)
Felipe Scolari (Brazil)
Bora Milutinovic (China)
Alexandre Guimaraes (Costa Rica)
Marcelo Bielsa (Argentina)
Sven Goran Eriksson (England)
Giovanni Trappattoni (Italy)
Javier Aguirre (Mexico)
Hernan Dario Goméz (Ecuador)


  1. The player shown in the front of the Titov's card is Pavel Kuka from Czech Republic. The kit he's wearing belongs to Czech Republic's at the Euro 2000 against Netherlands.

    1. Thank you, I'll add this information to the checklist.


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