1998 FIFA World Cup

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1998 FIFA World Cup
Coupe du Monde – France 98
1998 FIFA World Cup.svg
1998 FIFA World Cup official logo
Tournament details
Host countryFrance
Dates10 June – 12 July
Teams32 (from 5 confederations)
Venue(s)10 (in 10 host cities)
Final positions
Champions France (1st title)
Runners-up Brazil
Third place Croatia
Fourth place Netherlands
Tournament statistics
Matches played64
Goals scored171 (2.67 per match)
Attendance2,784,687 (43,511 per match)
Top scorer(s)Croatia Davor Šuker (6 goals)
Best player(s)Brazil Ronaldo
Best young playerEngland Michael Owen
Best goalkeeperFrance Fabien Barthez
Fair play award England

The 1998 FIFA World Cup was the 16th FIFA World Cup, the world championship for men's national football teams. It was held in France from 10 June to 12 July 1998. The country was chosen as the host nation by FIFA for the second time in the history of the tournament, defeating Morocco in the bidding process. It was the second time that France staged the competition (the first was in 1938) and the ninth time that it was held in Europe. Spanning 32 days, it is the longest World Cup tournament ever held.

Qualification for the finals began in March 1996 and concluded in November 1997. For the first time in the competition, the group stage was expanded from 24 teams to 32, with eight groups of four. 64 matches were played in 10 stadiums in 10 host cities, with the opening match and final staged at the newly built Stade de France in the Parisian commune of Saint-Denis.

The tournament was won by host country France, who beat defending champions Brazil 3–0 in the final. France won their first title, becoming the seventh nation to win a World Cup, and the sixth (after Uruguay, Italy, England, West Germany and Argentina) to win the tournament on home soil. Croatia, Jamaica, Japan and South Africa made their first appearances in the finals.

Host selection[edit]

France was awarded the 1998 World Cup on 2 July 1992 by the executive committee of FIFA during a general meeting in Zürich, Switzerland. They defeated Morocco by 12 votes to 7.[1][2] Switzerland withdrew, due to being unable to meet FIFA's requirements. This made France the third country to host two World Cups, after Mexico and Italy in 1986 and 1990 respectively. France previously hosted the third edition of the World Cup in 1938. England, who hosted the competition in 1966 and won it, were among the original applicants, but later withdrew their application in favour of an ultimately successful bid to host UEFA Euro 1996.

Voting results[3]
Country Round 1
France France 12
Morocco Morocco 7

Bribery and corruption investigations[edit]

On 4 June 2015, while co-operating with the FBI and the Swiss authorities, Chuck Blazer confirmed that he and other members of FIFA's executive committee were bribed during the 1998 and 2010 World Cups host selection process. Blazer stated that "we facilitated bribes in conjunction with the selection of the host nation for the 1998 World Cup". Since France won the selection process it was initially thought the bribery came from its bid committee. It eventually transpired that the bribe payment was from the failed Moroccan bid.[4][5][6]


The qualification draw for the 1998 World Cup finals took place in the Musée du Louvre, Paris on 12 December 1995.[7] As tournament hosts, France was exempt from the draw as was defending champion Brazil. 174 teams from six confederations participated, 24 more than in the previous round. Fourteen countries qualified from the European zone (in addition to hosts France). Ten were determined after group play – nine group winners and the best second-placed team; the other eight group runners-up were drawn into pairs of four play-off matches with the winners qualifying for the finals as well.[8] CONMEBOL (South America) and CAF (Africa) were each given five spots in the final tournament, while three spots were contested between 30 CONCACAF members in the North and Central America and the Caribbean zone. The winner of the Oceanian zone advanced to an intercontinental play-off against the runner-up of the Asian play-off, determined by the two best second placed teams.

Four nations qualified for the first time: Croatia, Jamaica, Japan and South Africa. The last team to qualify was Iran by virtue of beating Australia in a two-legged tie on 29 November 1997.[9] It marked their first appearance in the finals since 1978, the last time Tunisia also qualified for the tournament. Chile qualified for the first time since 1982, after serving a ban that saw them miss out on the two previous tournaments. Paraguay and Denmark returned for the first time since 1986. Austria, England, Scotland and Yugoslavia returned after missing out on the 1994 tournament, with the Balkan team now appearing under the name of FR Yugoslavia. Among the teams who failed to qualify were two-time winners Uruguay (for the second successive tournament); Sweden, who finished third in 1994; Russia (who failed to qualify for the first time since 1978 after losing to Italy in the play-off round); and the Republic of Ireland, who had qualified for the previous two tournaments.[10] As of 2020, this is the most recent time that Austria, Scotland, Norway, Bulgaria and Romania have qualified for a FIFA World Cup finals, and the only time that Jamaica have qualified, as well as the last time that Portugal missed out. The highest ranked teams not to qualify were Australia ,Czech Republic, Greece, Algeria and New Zealand (ranked 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 7th and 8th), while the lowest ranked team that did qualify was Nigeria (ranked 74th).

List of qualified teams[edit]

The following 32 teams, shown with final pre-tournament rankings,[11] qualified for the final tournament.


France's bid to host the World Cup centered on a national stadium with 80,000 seats and nine other stadiums located across the country.[13] When the finals were originally awarded in July 1992, none of the regional club grounds were of a capacity meeting FIFA's requirements – namely being able to safely seat 40,000.[13] The proposed national stadium, colloquially referred to as the 'Grand stade', met with controversy at every stage of planning; the stadium's location was determined by politics, finance and national symbolism.[14] As Mayor of Paris, Jacques Chirac successfully negotiated a deal with Prime Minister Édouard Balladur to bring the Stade de France, as it was now called, to the commune of Saint-Denis just north of the capital city.[14] Construction on the stadium started in December 1995 and was completed after 26 months of work in November 1997 at a cost of ₣2.67 billion.[15]

The choice of stadium locations was drafted from an original list of 14 cities.[16] FIFA and CFO monitored the progress and quality of preparations, culminating in the former providing final checks of the grounds weeks before the tournament commenced. Montpellier was the surprise inclusion from the final list of cities because of its low urban hierarchy in comparison to Strasbourg, who boasted a better hierarchy and success from its local football team, having been taken over by a consortium. Montpellier however was considered ambitious by the selecting panel to host World Cup matches. The local city and regional authorities in particular had invested heavily into football the previous two decades and were able to measure economic effects, in terms of jobs as early as in 1997.[17] Some of the venues used for this tournament were also used for the previous World Cup in France in 1938. The Stade Vélodrome in Marseille, the Stade Municipal in Toulouse, the Gerland in Lyon, the Parc Lescure in Bordeaux and the Parc des Princes in Paris received the honour of hosting World Cup matches once again in 1998 as they had all done in 1938.

10 stadiums in total were used for the finals; in addition to nine matches being played at the Stade de France (the most used stadium in the tournament), a further six matches took place in Paris Saint-Germain's Parc des Princes, bringing Paris's total matches hosted to 15. France played four of their seven matches in the national stadium; they also played in the country's second and third largest cities, Marseille (hosting 7 total matches) and Lyon (hosting 6 total matches), as well as a Round of 16 knockout match in the northern city of Lens (also hosting 6 total matches). Nantes, Toulouse, Bordeaux, Montpellier and Saint-Etienne also hosted 6 matches in total; all of the stadiums used also hosted knockout round matches.

Saint-Denis Marseille Paris Lyon
Stade de France Stade Vélodrome Parc des Princes Stade de Gerland
48°55′28″N 2°21′36″E / 48.92444°N 2.36000°E / 48.92444; 2.36000 (Stade de France) 43°16′11″N 5°23′45″E / 43.26972°N 5.39583°E / 43.26972; 5.39583 (Stade Vélodrome) 48°50′29″N 2°15′11″E / 48.84139°N 2.25306°E / 48.84139; 2.25306 (Parc des Princes) 45°43′26″N 4°49′56″E / 45.72389°N 4.83222°E / 45.72389; 4.83222 (Stade de Gerland)
Capacity: 80,000 Capacity: 60,000 Capacity: 48,875 Capacity: 44,000
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Stade Félix-Bollaert
50°25′58.26″N 2°48′53.47″E / 50.4328500°N 2.8148528°E / 50.4328500; 2.8148528 (Stade Félix-Bollaert)
Capacity: 41,300
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Stade de la Beaujoire
47°15′20.27″N 1°31′31.35″W / 47.2556306°N 1.5253750°W / 47.2556306; -1.5253750 (Stade de la Beaujoire)
Capacity: 39,500
Stade de la Beaujoire.jpg
Toulouse Saint-Étienne Bordeaux Montpellier
Stadium de Toulouse Stade Geoffroy-Guichard Parc Lescure Stade de la Mosson
43°34′59.93″N 1°26′2.57″E / 43.5833139°N 1.4340472°E / 43.5833139; 1.4340472 (Stadium de Toulouse) 45°27′38.76″N 4°23′24.42″E / 45.4607667°N 4.3901167°E / 45.4607667; 4.3901167 (Stade Geoffroy-Guichard) 44°49′45″N 0°35′52″W / 44.82917°N 0.59778°W / 44.82917; -0.59778 (Parc Lescure) 43°37′19.85″N 3°48′43.28″E / 43.6221806°N 3.8120222°E / 43.6221806; 3.8120222 (Stade de la Mosson)
Capacity: 37,000 Capacity: 36,000 Capacity: 35,200 Capacity: 34,000
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This was the first FIFA World Cup where fourth officials used electronic boards, instead of cardboard.[18]

Rule changes[edit]

This was the first World Cup since the introduction of golden goals,[18] banning of tackles from behind that endanger the safety of an opponent[19] and allowance of three substitutions per game.[20]

Match officials[edit]

34 referees and 33 assistants officiated in the 1998 World Cup.[21] As a result of the extension to 32 teams in the finals, there was an increase of 10 referees and 11 officials from the 1994 World Cup.[21]


Organiser Michel Platini, who later became president of UEFA, admitted in 2018 that the draw for the group stage of the competition had been fixed so that France and Brazil were kept apart until the final, telling France Bleu Sport: "We did a bit of trickery. When we were organising the schedule. We did not spend six years organising the World Cup to not do some little shenanigans".[22]

Pot A Pot B Pot C Pot D


As with the preceding tournament, each team's squad for the 1998 World Cup finals consisted of 22 players. Each participating national association had to confirm their final 22-player squad by 1 June 1998.

Out of the 704 players participating in the 1998 World Cup, 447 were signed up with a European club; 90 in Asia, 67 in South America, 61 in Northern and Central America and 37 in Africa.[23] 75 played their club football in England – five more than Italy and Spain. Barcelona of Spain was the club contributing to the most players in the tournament with 13 players on their side.[23]

The average age of all teams was 27 years, 8 months – five months older than the previous tournament.[24] Samuel Eto'o of Cameroon was the youngest player selected in the competition at 17 years, 3 months, while the oldest was Jim Leighton of Scotland at 39 years, 11 months.[24]

Group stage[edit]

All times are Central European Time (UTC+1)

Group A[edit]

Defending champions Brazil won Group A after only two matches as the nation achieved victories over Scotland (2–1) and Morocco (3–0). Heading into the third game, Brazil had nothing to play for but still started its regulars against Norway, who was looking to upset Brazil once again. Needing a victory, Norway overturned a 1–0 deficit with 12 minutes remaining to defeat Brazil 2–1, with Kjetil Rekdal scoring[25] the winning penalty to send Norway into the knockout stage for the first time.

Scotland managed only one point, coming in a 1–1 draw against Norway, and failed to get out of the first round for an eighth time in the FIFA World Cup, a record that stands to this date.

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Brazil 3 2 0 1 6 3 +3 6 Advance to knockout stage
2  Norway 3 1 2 0 5 4 +1 5
3  Morocco 3 1 1 1 5 5 0 4
4  Scotland 3 0 1 2 2 6 −4 1
Source: FIFA
Brazil 2–1 Scotland
César Sampaio Goal 5'
Boyd Goal 74' (o.g.)
Report Collins Goal 38' (pen.)
Morocco 2–2 Norway
Hadji Goal 37'
Hadda Goal 60'
Report Chippo Goal 45+1' (o.g.)
Eggen Goal 61'

Scotland 1–1 Norway
Burley Goal 66' Report H. Flo Goal 46'
Attendance: 31,800
Brazil 3–0 Morocco
Ronaldo Goal 9'
Rivaldo Goal 45+2'
Bebeto Goal 50'

Scotland 0–3 Morocco
Report Bassir Goal 23'85'
Hadda Goal 46'
Brazil 1–2 Norway
Bebeto Goal 78' Report T. A. Flo Goal 83'
Rekdal Goal 89' (pen.)

Group B[edit]

Italy and Chile progressed to the second round, while Austria failed to win for the first time since 1958 and Cameroon failed to get out of the group stage for the second time in a row.

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Italy 3 2 1 0 7 3 +4 7 Advance to knockout stage
2  Chile 3 0 3 0 4 4 0 3
3  Austria 3 0 2 1 3 4 −1 2
4  Cameroon 3 0 2 1 2 5 −3 2
Source: FIFA
Italy 2–2 Chile
Vieri Goal 11'
R. Baggio Goal 84' (pen.)
Report Salas Goal 45+3'48'
Attendance: 31,800
Cameroon 1–1 Austria
Njanka Goal 77' Report Polster Goal 90+1'

Chile 1–1 Austria
Salas Goal 70' Report Vastić Goal 90+2'
Italy 3–0 Cameroon
Di Biagio Goal 7'
Vieri Goal 75'89'

Italy 2–1 Austria
Vieri Goal 48'
R. Baggio Goal 90'
Report Herzog Goal 90+2' (pen.)
Attendance: 80,000
Referee: Paul Durkin (England)
Chile 1–1 Cameroon
Sierra Goal 20' Report M'Boma Goal 56'

Group C[edit]

France, the host nation, swept Group C when the start of their path to their first FIFA World Cup trophy culminated with their 2–1 win over Denmark, who despite their loss, progressed to the second round. Saudi Arabia, after a good performance four years earlier, finished bottom with only one point. Debutant South Africa grabbed two points and also exited at the group stage.

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  France (H) 3 3 0 0 9 1 +8 9 Advance to knockout stage
2  Denmark 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 4
3  South Africa 3 0 2 1 3 6 −3 2
4  Saudi Arabia 3 0 1 2 2 7 −5 1
Source: FIFA
(H) Host
Saudi Arabia 0–1 Denmark
Report Rieper Goal 69'
France 3–0 South Africa
Dugarry Goal 36'
Issa Goal 77' (o.g.)
Henry Goal 90+2'

South Africa 1–1 Denmark
McCarthy Goal 51' Report A. Nielsen Goal 12'
France 4–0 Saudi Arabia
Henry Goal 37'78'
Trezeguet Goal 68'
Lizarazu Goal 85'

France 2–1 Denmark
Djorkaeff Goal 12' (pen.)
Petit Goal 56'
Report M. Laudrup Goal 42' (pen.)
Attendance: 39,100
South Africa 2–2 Saudi Arabia
Bartlett Goal 18'90+3' (pen.) Report Al-Jaber Goal 45+2' (pen.)
Al-Thunayan Goal 74' (pen.)
Attendance: 31,800

Group D[edit]

Nigeria and Paraguay advanced to the Round of 16 after a surprise elimination of top seed Spain, while Bulgaria failed to repeat their surprise performance from the previous tournament.

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Nigeria 3 2 0 1 5 5 0 6 Advance to knockout stage
2  Paraguay 3 1 2 0 3 1 +2 5
3  Spain 3 1 1 1 8 4 +4 4
4  Bulgaria 3 0 1 2 1 7 −6 1
Source: FIFA
Paraguay 0–0 Bulgaria
Spain 2–3 Nigeria
Hierro Goal 21'
Raúl Goal 47'
Report Adepoju Goal 24'
Zubizarreta Goal 73' (o.g.)
Oliseh Goal 78'

Nigeria 1–0 Bulgaria
Ikpeba Goal 28' Report
Attendance: 45,500
Spain 0–0 Paraguay

Nigeria 1–3 Paraguay
Oruma Goal 11' Report Ayala Goal 1'
Benítez Goal 58'
Cardozo Goal 86'
Spain 6–1 Bulgaria
Hierro Goal 6' (pen.)
Luis Enrique Goal 18'
Morientes Goal 55'81'
Bachev Goal 88' (o.g.)
Kiko Goal 90+4'
Report Kostadinov Goal 58'

Group E[edit]

The Netherlands and Mexico advanced with the same record (The Netherlands placed first on goal difference); Belgium and eventual 2002 FIFA World Cup co-hosts South Korea failed to advance.

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Netherlands 3 1 2 0 7 2 +5 5 Advance to knockout stage
2  Mexico 3 1 2 0 7 5 +2 5
3  Belgium 3 0 3 0 3 3 0 3
4  South Korea 3 0 1 2 2 9 −7 1
Source: FIFA
South Korea 1–3 Mexico
Ha Seok-ju Goal 27' Report Peláez Goal 50'
Hernández Goal 75'84'
Attendance: 39,100
Netherlands 0–0 Belgium
Attendance: 77,000

Belgium 2–2 Mexico
Wilmots Goal 42'47' Report García Aspe Goal 55' (pen.)
Blanco Goal 62'
Attendance: 31,800
Netherlands 5–0 South Korea
Cocu Goal 37'
Overmars Goal 41'
Bergkamp Goal 71'
Van Hooijdonk Goal 80'
R. de Boer Goal 83'
Attendance: 55,000

Netherlands 2–2 Mexico
Cocu Goal 4'
R. de Boer Goal 18'
Report Peláez Goal 75'
Hernández Goal 90+4'
Belgium 1–1 South Korea
Nilis Goal 7' Report Yoo Sang-Chul Goal 72'

Group F[edit]

Germany and the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia advanced, each with 7 points (Germany took 1st through goal differential tiebreak). Iran and 1994 host United States failed to advance.

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Germany 3 2 1 0 6 2 +4 7 Advance to knockout stage
2  FR Yugoslavia 3 2 1 0 4 2 +2 7
3  Iran 3 1 0 2 2 4 −2 3
4  United States 3 0 0 3 1 5 −4 0
Source: FIFA
FR Yugoslavia 1–0 Iran
Mihajlović Goal 73' Report
Germany 2–0 United States
Möller Goal 10'
Klinsmann Goal 67'
Attendance: 45,500

Germany 2–2 FR Yugoslavia
Mihajlović Goal 72' (o.g.)
Bierhoff Goal 78'
Report Mijatović Goal 13'
Stojković Goal 52'
United States 1–2 Iran
McBride Goal 87' Report Estili Goal 41'
Mahdavikia Goal 83'
Attendance: 39,100

Germany 2–0 Iran
Bierhoff Goal 50'
Klinsmann Goal 57'
United States 0–1 FR Yugoslavia
Report Komljenović Goal 3'

Group G[edit]

Romania and England became Group G top finishers as Colombia and Tunisia were unable to reach the last 16, despite Colombia having one win.

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Romania 3 2 1 0 4 2 +2 7 Advance to knockout stage
2  England 3 2 0 1 5 2 +3 6
3  Colombia 3 1 0 2 1 3 −2 3
4  Tunisia 3 0 1 2 1 4 −3 1
Source: FIFA
England 2–0 Tunisia
Shearer Goal 42'
Scholes Goal 89'
Attendance: 54,587
Romania 1–0 Colombia
Ilie Goal 45+1' Report
Attendance: 39,100

Colombia 1–0 Tunisia
Preciado Goal 82' Report
Romania 2–1 England
Moldovan Goal 46'
Petrescu Goal 90'
Report Owen Goal 81'
Attendance: 33,500
Referee: Marc Batta (France)

Colombia 0–2 England
Report Anderton Goal 20'
Beckham Goal 29'
Romania 1–1 Tunisia
Moldovan Goal 71' Report Souayah Goal 12' (pen.)
Attendance: 77,000

Group H[edit]

Argentina and World Cup debutants Croatia finished at the top of Group H. Two other debutants, Jamaica and Japan, failed to advance.

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Argentina 3 3 0 0 7 0 +7 9 Advance to knockout stage
2  Croatia 3 2 0 1 4 2 +2 6
3  Jamaica 3 1 0 2 3 9 −6 3
4  Japan 3 0 0 3 1 4 −3 0
Source: FIFA
Argentina 1–0 Japan
Batistuta Goal 28' Report
Jamaica 1–3 Croatia
Earle Goal 45' Report Stanić Goal 27'
Prosinečki Goal 53'
Šuker Goal 69'

Japan 0–1 Croatia
Report Šuker Goal 77'
Argentina 5–0 Jamaica
Ortega Goal 31'55'
Batistuta Goal 73'78'83' (pen.)
Attendance: 45,500

Argentina 1–0 Croatia
Pineda Goal 36' Report
Attendance: 31,800
Japan 1–2 Jamaica
Nakayama Goal 74' Report Whitmore Goal 39'54'
Attendance: 39,100

Knockout stage[edit]

The knockout stage comprised the 16 teams that advanced from the group stage of the tournament. For each game in the knockout stage, any draw at 90 minutes was followed by 30 minutes of extra time; if scores were still level, there was a penalty shoot-out to determine who progressed to the next round. Golden goal comes into play if a team scores during extra time, thus becoming the winner which concludes the game.

Round of 16Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
27 June – Paris
3 July – Nantes
28 June – Saint-Denis
7 July – Marseille
 Brazil (p)1 (4)
29 June – Toulouse
 Netherlands1 (2)
4 July – Marseille
 FR Yugoslavia1
30 June – Saint-Étienne
 Argentina (p)2 (4)
12 July – Saint-Denis
 England2 (3)
27 June – Marseille
3 July – Saint-Denis
 Italy0 (3)
28 June – Lens
 France (p)0 (4)
 France (a.s.d.e.t.)1
8 July – Saint-Denis
29 June – Montpellier
 Croatia1 Third place
4 July – Lyon11 July – Paris
 Germany0 Netherlands1
30 June – Bordeaux
 Croatia3  Croatia2

Round of 16[edit]

Italy 1–0 Norway
Vieri Goal 18' Report
Attendance: 55,000

Brazil 4–1 Chile
César Sampaio Goal 11'26'
Ronaldo Goal 45+3' (pen.)72'
Report Salas Goal 70'
Attendance: 45,500
Referee: Marc Batta (France)

France 1–0 (a.e.t.) Paraguay
Blanc Golden goal 114' Report

Nigeria 1–4 Denmark
Babangida Goal 77' Report Møller Goal 3'
B. Laudrup Goal 12'
Sand Goal 58'
Helveg Goal 76'
Attendance: 77,000

Germany 2–1 Mexico
Klinsmann Goal 74'
Bierhoff Goal 86'
Report Hernández Goal 47'

Netherlands 2–1 FR Yugoslavia
Bergkamp Goal 38'
Davids Goal 90+2'
Report Komljenović Goal 48'

Romania 0–1 Croatia
Report Šuker Goal 45+2' (pen.)
Attendance: 31,800


Brazil 3–2 Denmark
Bebeto Goal 10'
Rivaldo Goal 25'59'
Report M. Jørgensen Goal 2'
B. Laudrup Goal 50'

Netherlands 2–1 Argentina
Kluivert Goal 12'
Bergkamp Goal 90'
Report López Goal 17'

Germany 0–3 Croatia
Report Jarni Goal 45+3'
Vlaović Goal 80'
Šuker Goal 85'
Attendance: 39,100


France 2–1 Croatia
Thuram Goal 47'70' Report Šuker Goal 46'

Third place play-off[edit]

Croatia beat the Netherlands to earn third place in the competition. Davor Šuker scored the winner in the 35th minute to secure the golden boot.[26]

Netherlands 1–2 Croatia
Zenden Goal 22' Report Prosinečki Goal 14'
Šuker Goal 36'
Attendance: 45,500


The final was held on 12 July 1998 at the Stade de France, Saint-Denis. France defeated holders Brazil 3–0, with two goals from Zinedine Zidane and a stoppage time strike from Emmanuel Petit. The win gave France their first World Cup title, becoming the sixth national team after Uruguay, Italy, England, West Germany and Argentina to win the tournament on their home soil. They also inflicted the second-heaviest World Cup defeat on Brazil,[27] later to be topped by Brazil's 7–1 defeat by Germany in the semi-finals of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.[28]

The pre-match build up was dominated by the omission of Brazilian striker Ronaldo from the starting lineup only to be reinstated 45 minutes before kick-off.[29] He managed to create the first open chance for Brazil in the 22nd minute, dribbling past defender Thuram before sending a cross out on the left side that goalkeeper Fabien Barthez struggled to hold onto. France however took the lead after Brazilian defender Roberto Carlos conceded a corner from which Zidane scored via a header. Three minutes before half-time, Zidane scored his second goal of the match, similarly another header from a corner. The tournament hosts went down to ten men in the 68th minute as Marcel Desailly was sent off for a second bookable offence. Brazil reacted to this by making an attacking substitution and although they applied pressure France sealed the win with a third goal: substitute Patrick Vieira set up his club teammate Petit in a counterattack to shoot low past goalkeeper Cláudio Taffarel.[30]

French president Jacques Chirac was in attendance to congratulate and commiserate the winners and runners-up respectively after the match.[31] Several days after the victory, winning manager Aimé Jacquet announced his resignation from the French team with immediate effect.[32][33]

Brazil 0–3 France
Report Zidane Goal 27'45+1'
Petit Goal 90+3'
Attendance: 80,000



Davor Šuker received the Golden Boot for scoring six goals. In total, 171 goals were scored by 112 players:

6 goals
5 goals
4 goals
3 goals
2 goals