Title : 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan  (View Souvenir Sheet)
Stamp Serial#
2033 
KPC#
C-1548 
MICHEL#
2061 
StanGib#
2368 
Scott#
2009 
Date of Issue
12/31/1999 
Quantity
1,250,000 
Denomination
170 won 
Design
a player trying to gain possession of the ball 
Designer
Kim, Hyun 
Image Area
26mm*36mm 
Perforation
13 
Sheet Composition
4*5 
Paper
White unwatermarked
Print
Korea Minting and Security Printing Corporation 
Description
Every four years, World Cup soccer fever grips the world in a truly global festival as 22 heroes give a dazzling display of their soccer prowess. The 2002 Korea-Japan World Cup is already catching worldwide attention, especially as it will be the first in the 21st century and the first-ever co-hosted in FIFA history.

The World Cup finals in 2002 will be held in 20 host cities in Korea and Japan, with ten cities in Korea serving as venues, including Seoul, Pusan, Inchon, Kwangju, Taejon, Ulsan, Suwon, Chonju, and Sogwip'o. The countries that will compete in the 2002 World Cup finals will be selected from among the 198 countries in the 770 rounds of preliminary games staged by continent from March 2000 to November 2001. The number of qualified countries for the finals were expanded to 32 in the 1998 France World Cup. The spots for the finals assigned to each continent will be 2.5 to Asia, 5 to Africa, 13.5 to Europe, 3 to North and Central America, 4.5 to South America, and 0.5 to Oceania. The others among the 32 finalists will be France, which qualifies automatically as the defending champion, as well as Korea and Japan, as co-hosts. A total of 64 matches will be played in the finals, with four teams in eight groups competing in 48 matches in a full-league in the first round to advance to the second elimimation round, which will be played in a knockout tournament to determine which country will bring the most prized trophy in soccer, the FIFA World Cup, back to its homeland.

In anticipation of a successful co-hosting of the 2002 World Cup, the Ministry of Information and Communication is issuing four new commemorative stamps featuring a player trying to gain possession of the ball, players evading tackling, a player serving the ball with a volley kick, and a goal-keeper catching the ball.