My Story:

The change of host countries as a result of the SARS epidemic affecting China (and much of Asia) in 2003 meant that there was probably not enough time to design a Fevernova that represented the replacement host, the United States of America, who only hosted the 1999 edition 4 years ago and had the facilities to be readied in such a short notice.  The only visible change was that the China 2003 wordings was replaced with USA 2003.

The finals was held at The Home Depot Center in Carson, California, and Germany defeated Sweden 2-1 in sudden death extra time with the score tied 1-1 in normal regulation time.

 

The Official Story:

I have not seen one yet for this replacement ball.  Maybe it was such a rushed effort in the change of country venues that retail marketing was not timely enough.

 

Technical Story:

Made in Morocco.

FIFA Approved Code: 202.S8D


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