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Comprehensive World Cup 2002 Player Listing
Newly added to the World-Cup-Info database is a comprehensive listing of all the players participating in World Cup 2002. The listing is sorted by country and includes the players' Name, Birth Date, Club, Height, Weight, Number of International Goals and Number of International Caps.

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Gabriel Omar BatistutaName: Gabriel Omar Batistuta
Nationality: Argentinean
Date of birth: 1 February 1969
Height: 1.85m
Weight: 73kg
FIFA World Cup™ finals: 1994, 1998
Games played in FIFA World Cup™ finals: 9
Clubs: Newell's Old Boys, River Plate, Boca Juniors, Fiorentina, AS Roma

Even far from his native Argentinean shores, Gabriel Omar Batistuta – or "Batigol" for short – is recognised as one of the world's greatest strikers. And yet his career began surprisingly late in life. Born on 1 February, 1969, it wasn't until he reached the age of 17 that he switched from basketball to football. Yet only two years later, aged 19, he won the South American club championship – the Copa Libertadores - in his very first season at Argentinean club Newell's Old Boys.
A year later he moved to Buenos Aires and River Plate, with whom he won his first Argentinean championship in 1990. But his time there would prove short, and he abandoned them for local rivals Boca Juniors after just one season. At Boca Juniors he quickly earned himself a reputation as a goal-hungry striker, and won his first international cap in 1991. He finished top scorer at the 1991 Copa America, notching up no less than six goals in the competition, which Argentina won for the first time in 32 years.

Soon after the 1991 Copa Libertadores, Batistuta moved to Italy, joining Serie A side Fiorentina. Although he took time settling in during his first season at his new club, he was back to his best again in 1992, scoring 27 goals in 13 games. When Fiorentina were relegated in the 1992-3 season, Batistuta's contract tied him to the club as it languished in the Italian second division. But in the very first year after the side was promoted again, Batistuta became the Serie A's top scorer, with 26 goals to his name.

Batistuta was a pivotal force in the Argentinean national squad at the 1994 and 1998 FIFA World Cups™, scoring five goals at France 98™ alone. But although he was showered by offers from top clubs across Europe, he remained in Florence for another two years.

It was only in May 2000, after nine years in Tuscany, that AS Roma were able to prise Batistuta away for the princely sum of £22 million, the second-largest transfer fee in football history at the time. Just a year after the move, his new club won the Serie A for the first time since 1983, with Batistuta notching up 20 goals.

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