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Friday, 28 June, 2002, 07:37 GMT 08:37 UK

Campbell makes All-Star team

By Phil McNulty
BBC Sport Online's man in Japan

England defender Sol Campbell has been named in Fifa's World Cup All-Star team - but there is no place for Rio Ferdinand.

Campbell enjoyed a good World Cup, but it was the accomplished performances of his defensive partner Ferdinand that really caught the eye.

Fifa All Star team

  • Goalkeepers:
  • Oliver Kahn (Germany)
  • Rustu Recber (Turkey)
  • Defenders:
  • Roberto Carlos (Brazil)
  • Sol Campbell (England)
  • Fernando Hierro (Spain)
  • Hong Myung-Bo (South Korea)
  • Alpay Ozalan (Turkey)
  • Midfielders:
  • Michael Ballack (Germany)
  • Claudio Reyna (USA)
  • Rivaldo (Brazil)
  • Ronaldinho (Brazil)
  • Yoo Sang-Chul (South Korea)
  • Forwards:
  • Ronaldo (Brazil)
  • El Hadji Diouf (Senegal)
  • Hasan Sas (Turkey)
  • Miroslav Klose (Germany)
  • And Dr Josef Venglos, the head of Fifa's technical study group which decides who is in the All Star team, said Ferdinand was unlucky to miss out.

    "It is simply a matter of opinion of those who watched the matches and studied the players closely, but it was very close between Campbell and Ferdinand," said the former Aston Villa manager.

    But, after being overlooked for the Golden Ball shortlist, Ferdinand has once again failed to figure in Fifa's various lists documenting teams of the tournament.

    The Brazilians are the most heavily represented team, with four players in the 16-man squad.

    Besides the three Rs - Ronaldo, Rivaldo and Ronaldinho - there is also a place for defender Roberto Carlos.

    Not surprisingly German goalkeeper Oliver Kahn is included, as is Turkey stopper Rustu Recber.

    But England goalkeeper David Seaman - who enjoyed a fine tournament prior to his error against Brazil - has not been included.

    " I know how tough it is to make these selections having coached Brazil "
    Carlos Alberto Parreira

    Recber's team-mate Alpay Ozalan is named among the defenders, along with Spain's Fernando Hierro and South Korea's Hong Myung-Bo.

    Michael Ballack - who is suspended for the final - is among the midfielders along with South Korea's Yoo Sang-Chul, Rivaldo and Ronaldinho.

    Surprisingly the USA's Claudio Reyna is also among the midfielder players despite failing to really catch the eye during his team's progression through to the quarter-finals.

    Hasan Sas is among the forwards - the third Turkish player in the squad and an adequate reflection of their superb performance at their first World Cup since 1954.

    Senegal's El Hadji Diouf, Germany's Miroslav Klose and the tournament's leading goalscorer Ronaldo complete the strikers.

    Former Brazil coach Carlos Alberto Parreira, who led them to World Cup victory in America in 1994 and is a key member of Fifa's techical study group, admitted the choice was tough.

    He said: "Everyone will not agree. I know how tough it is to make these selections having coached Brazil.

    "The coach of Brazil is always under pressure. He never pleases everyone, especially the Brazilian media, but he still has to take the decisions.

    "This, of course, is not the same - but you know when you select any team there will be people who disagree with you."


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