The official logo of the 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan was revealed on May 31, 1999 simultaneously in Seoul and Tokyo, the capital cities of the first countries in Asia to host the world’s premier sports event.
The circular logo was created by the Interbrand company from its London office, in consultation with its offices in Tokyo and Seoul. For the first time in the history of the event, the logo features the FIFA World Cup Trophy as a central stylised feature.
“The logo builds on the artistic principles and traditions of Korea and Japan, such as asymmetry, dynamism and harmony, in order to live up to the high quality of design for which both countries are renowned.”
The Spheriks: Ato (Yellow) Kaz (Purple) Nik (Blue)
For the first time, the mascots were computer generated and futuristic. The backstory is that Ato (orange/yellow) is the coach and Kaz (purple) and Nik (blue) are the players for a team at the fictional sport of ‘Atmoball’. The colours interestingly, don’t have any connection to South Korea or Japan. The mascots were introduced in 2000.