This Day In Sports History (June 30th) – Brazil Men’s Soccer Team
It was on this day in 2002 that the finals for the World Cup were held at International Stadium in Yokohama, Japan. Brazil defeated Germany 2-0 to earn their unprecedented fifth World Cup title.
That year marked the first time in World Cup history that the tournament was held in Asia as well as the first time it was hosted in two countries, as both South Korea and Japan shared hosting duties. Brazil was the class of the tournament, winning all seven games they played and outscoring their opponents by a combined 18-4. Ronaldo won the golden boot with 8 goals, while teammate Rivaldo tied for second with five goals of his own.
Brazil has come up short in their last two World Cup appearances, losing in the quarter-finals in both 2006 and 2010. They have already qualified for the 2014 event as the hosts, and should among the favorites to win their sixth World Cup title in front of their home fans.
Here are Ronaldo’s 2 goals from the finals.
Tony Fernandez, MLB – Born June 30th 1962 (age 49) in San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic
Mitch Richmond, NBA – Born June 30th 1965 (age 46) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Mike Tyson, Boxing – Born June 30th 1966 (age 45) in Brooklyn, New York