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Friday, 31 May, 2002, 11:08 GMT 12:08 UK
Football festival begins
In the spirit of togetherness fans display a French flag adorned with the South Korean emblem

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Fans gather in the stadium hours before the kick-off to savour the World Cup atmosphere
French fans cheer outside the stadium in Seoul

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World champions France were well supported as they begin their defence of the trophy
A young South Korean football fan has his face painted

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There's still some time for some last-minute preparations for this young football fan
South Korean dancers perform at the opening ceremony

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A fabulous display of colour and pageantry from the South Koreans
The opening ceremony was a fusion of colour and sound

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There was a carnival atmosphere in the stadium as the South Koreans entertained the crowd
The colourful opening ceremony draws to a close

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Anticipation mounts as the tournament's opening game between France and Senegal draws closer
Lasers dominate the Seoul World Cup Stadium

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A stunning visual display whets the appetite for the feast of football ahead
Fireworks spill out of the World Cup Stadium in Seoul

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Fireworks pour out of the World Cup Stadium in Seoul as South Korea puts on a fantastic opening ceremony

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