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 Group A
 France
 Senegal
 Uruguay
 Denmark
 Group B
 Spain
 Slovenia
 Paraguay
 South Africa
 Group C
 Brazil
 Turkey
 China
 Costa Rica
 Group D
 South Korea
 Poland
 USA
 Portugal
 Group E
 Germany
 Saudi Arabia
 Rep of Ireland
 Cameroon
 Group F
 Argentina
 Nigeria
 England
 Sweden
 Group G
 Italy
 Ecuador
 Croatia
 Mexico
 Group H
 Japan
 Belgium
 Russia
 Tunisia

China star player, Qu Bo
World Cup record:
 2002   First round

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China asked Fifa not to be placed in World Cup groups that would be staged in Japan as the two countries have a longstanding mutual mistrust. South Korean officials were more than happy with the decision as tickets to all of China’s games in their country were quickly snapped up.

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Bora Milutinovic
Qu Bo
If World Cups were won by the team with the greatest enthusiasm, China would be among the favourites.

As it stands, results will always be what matter most and China still seem a long way off being a real force in world football.

A nation the size of China will never be struggling for players, but quality counts for everything at this level and that is what they are lacking at present.

A goal would have been a welcome sight for more than 40,000 Chinese fans who traveled to Korea, but the closest they came was when Yang Chen hit the post against Turkey.

Qu Bo and Hao Haidong also stood out, but I was disappointed not to see more of Fan Zhiyi and Sun Jihai.

It was the first time in five attempts that coach Bora Milutinovic hasn't taken his team into the second stage. Five different countries in five different tournaments - I wonder who we'll see the Serb in charge of in 2006?

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Group C: v Costa Rica 0-2; v Brazil 0-4; v Turkey 0-3.



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