Title : 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea Japan  (View Souvenir Sheet)
Stamp Serial#
2157 
KPC#
C-1653 
MICHEL#
2186 
StanGib#
2501 
Scott#
2055a 
Date of Issue
05/31/2001 
Quantity
1,200,000 
Denomination
170 won 
Design
History of Competing in the World Cup 
Designer
Kim, Sung-Am 
Image Area
36mm*26mm 
Perforation
13 
Sheet Composition
5*4 (5 ) 
Paper
Print
Korea Minting and Security Printing Corporation 
Description
The grand opening of the new millennium's first 2002 FIFA World Cup, to be held for the first time in Asia, is just a year away.

Since its launching in 1930 in Uruguay, the soccer Olympics has been held 16 times in 13 countries every four years amid the enthusiastic attention of the whole world, leaving numerous records and episodes behind. At the top of the list of champions stands Brazil, which won the World Cup four times in 1958, 1962, 1970, and 1994, followed by the former West Germany and Italy, each with three championships. The number of national teams allowed to enter the final competition after surviving the fierce preliminary matches, climbed from the original 16 in the 1934 World Cup in Italy, to 24 since the 1982 World Cup in Spain, and further to 32 since the 1998 World Cup in France.

Korea made its official debut in the 1954 World Cup in Switzerland as one of the 16 countries who competed in the final round. Korean soccer players have since competed in such World Cup stages in Mexico (1986), Italy (1990), the US (1994), and France (1998), and have already secured a ticket to the 2002 finals. With a record of playing in the World Cup six times (including five times in a row), Korea has been establishing itself as an indisputable soccer powerhouse in Asia.