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4th WFC 2002 - Finland (Helsinki)

The World Championship in Finland was a great celebration of floorball and confirmed the rising worldwide reputation of this sport. All 13.665 tickets for the final play at the beautiful Hartwall Arena was sold out long time before the game, home team games were broadcasted live on the Finnish television. The Finns desperately dreamt of success in front of the home crowd and of dethroning Sweden.

The bigger was the shock as they lost their first game against the Czech Republic 3:4. The Czech team has achieved its first overall victory over Finland at the very best moment. The Czech shock has shaken the pre-tournament expectations as now it was three teams who struggled for the victory in the Preliminary Group 2. The Swiss were very close to it as they were winning over the Czechs 6:2 with only two minutes remaining in the game. At this point just one goal would have secured the first place in the group to them. But Czech star Radim Cepek has clinched the preferable second play-off spot for his team by scoring two goals within 19 second. The group was finally won by Finland which has achieved the best overall score.

Sweden had advanced to quarterfinals without losing a single point and later reached the semi-final as well with a crushing victory 16:0 over Latvia. The Finns have also qualified for the playoffs winning 7:1 over Germany but the remaining two quarterfinal games have turned into thrillers. Switzerland has beaten Norway with a tight 3:2 victory and the game of the Czech Republic against Denmark was decided by the overtime goal scored by Pavel Kožušník. The semi-finals then were no surprise: Sweden achieved an easy victory over the Czechs 7:1 and the Finns made their home crowd of 6.820 happy by beating Switzerland 5:1. Losing semi-finalists have then played for the bronze as the attendace rate for this game was incredible 10.489 spectators. Another floorball thriller was on: Switzerland was leading by three in the middle of the game but two goals by Tomáš Trnavský and one of Daniel Folta led their team into the second championship overtime in a row. However, the Czechs did not complete the sensational turnaround and Stefan Lüthi scored the game- and bronze medal-winning goal for 4:3 in 64th minute.   

The fantastic Sweden vs. Finland final game in the Hartwall Arena was enjoyed by 13.655 spectators. The Suomi were hoping for their premiere world title and their hope was still alive at 50:00 as the score was tied at 3:3. Then, Martin Olofsson has brought Sweden back on the track for gold and as the same player scored again at 59:48, the game seemed to be decided. Just nine second before the game was over, Jaako Hintikka scored for 5:4 and the drama has reached its climax. The desperate attempt for final miracle resulted in Finnish penalty and Martin Olofsson completed his hat-trick with a successful penalty shot. Thus, Sweden has secured a fourth World championship title by winning the final 6:4.

Complete statistics of 4th MS 2002, Finland:
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Division A, Group 1

Sweden
Denmark
Norway
Germany

Final rank Group 1:
1. Sweden 6
2. Norway 4
3. Denmark 2
4. Germany 0

Results:
Sweden - Denmark 15:2
Sweden - Norway 13:0
Denmark - Germany 5:0
Sweden - Germany 18:1
Norway - Denmark 5:1
Norway - Germany 8:3
   

Division A, Group 2
Finland
Switzerland
Czech Republic
Latvia

Final rank Group 2:
1. Finland 4
2. Czech Republic 4
3. Switzerland 4
4. Latvia 0

Results:
Finland - Switzerland 4:1
Switzerland - Latvia 9:4
Czech Republic - Finland 4:3
Finland - Latvia 12:0
Switzerland - Czech Republic 6:4
Czech Republic - Latvia 6:1
   
Division B, Group 1
Hungary
Malaysia
Russia
Singapore

Final rank Group 1:
1. Russia 6
2. Hungary 4
3. Singapore 2
4. Malaysia 0

Results:
Russia - Hungary 8:1
Singapore - Malaysia 3:0
Russia - Singapore 10:0
Hungary - Malaysia 13:3
Russia - Malaysia 25:1
Hungary - Singapore 7:1
   
Division B, Group 2
Australia
Austria
Belgium
USA

Final rank Group 2:
1. Austria 6
2. USA 3
3. Australia 3
4. Belgium 0

Results:
Austria - Australia 4:1
USA - Belgium 10:2
Austria - USA 5:0
Australia - Belgium 8:3
Austria - Belgium 10:0
Australia - USA 3:3
   
Division B, Group 3
Estonia
Netherlands
Japan
Slovenia

Final rank Group 3:
1. Estonia 5
2. Slovenia 3
3. Netherlands 2
4. Japan 2

Results:
Netherlands - Slovenia 1:4
Estonia - Japan 5:0
Japan - Slovenia 4:2
Estonia - Netherlands 11:5
Netherlands - Japan 5:3
Slovenia - Estonia 1:1
   
Division B, Group 4
Italy
Poland
Spain
Great Britain

Final rank Group 4:
1. Italy 6
2. Poland 3
3. Great Britain 3
4. Spain 0

Results:
Poland - Great Britain 1:4
Italy - Spain 5:3
Great Britain - Spain 7:2
Poland - Italy 4:7
Italy - Great Britain 5:0
Spain - Poland 2:10
   
Final rank Division A:
1. Sweden
2. Finland
3. Switzerland
4. Czech Republic
5. Norway
6. Denmark
7. Latvia
8. Germany
Quarterfinal
Switzerland - Norway 3:2
Finland - Germany 7:1
Sweden - Latvia 16:0
Czech Republic - Denmark 5:4(p)

7th place
Latvia - Germany 6:5(p)

5th place
Norway - Denmark 6:1

Semifinal
Sweden - Czech Republic 7:1
Finland - Switzerland 5:1

3rd place
Switzerland - Czech Republic 4:3(p)

Final
Swden - Finland 6:4

   
Points
1.
Johan Andersson (Sweden) 18 (14+4))
2.
Martin Olofsson (Sweden) 16 (7+9)
3.
Niklas Jihde (Sweden) 14 (9+5)
4. - 7
Henrik Qvist (Sweden) 11 (6+5)
Jaakko Hintikka (Finland) 11 (6+5)
Joh. Gustafsson (Sweden) 11 (6+5)
Radim Cepek (Czech Republic) 11 (6+5))
8. - 9.
Jon. Kronstrand (Sweden) 10 (4+6)
Anders Hellgard (Sweden) 10 (4+6)
10.
Juho Seppälä (Finland) 9 (3+6)
 

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