1998 FIFA World Cup
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|Coupe du Monde – France 98|
|Dates||10 June – 12 July|
|Teams||32 (from 5 confederations)|
|Venue(s)||10 (in 10 host cities)|
|Champions||France (1st title)|
|Goals scored||171 (2.67 per match)|
|Attendance||2,784,687 (43,511 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)||Davor Šuker (6 goals)|
|Best young player||Michael Owen|
|Best goalkeeper||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.
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. 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.
Bribery and corruption investigations
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.
The qualification draw for the 1998 World Cup finals took place in the Musée du Louvre, Paris on 12 December 1995. 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. 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. 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. 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
The following 32 teams, shown with final pre-tournament rankings, qualified for the final tournament.
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|Teams listed by FIFA ranking as of May 1998|
|1||Brazil (1994 winner)||CONMEBOL||1|
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. 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. 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. 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. 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.
The choice of stadium locations was drafted from an original list of 14 cities. 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. 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.
|Stade de France||Stade Vélodrome||Parc des Princes||Stade de Gerland|
|Capacity: 80,000||Capacity: 60,000||Capacity: 48,875||Capacity: 44,000|
|Stade de la Beaujoire|
|Stadium de Toulouse||Stade Geoffroy-Guichard||Parc Lescure||Stade de la Mosson|
|Capacity: 37,000||Capacity: 36,000||Capacity: 35,200||Capacity: 34,000|
This was the first FIFA World Cup where fourth officials used electronic boards, instead of cardboard.
34 referees and 33 assistants officiated in the 1998 World Cup. 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.
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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".
|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. 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.
The average age of all teams was 27 years, 8 months – five months older than the previous tournament. 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.
|Key for tables|
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 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.
|1||Brazil||3||2||0||1||6||3||+3||6||Advance to knockout stage|
|César Sampaio 5' |
Boyd 74' (o.g.)
|Report||Collins 38' (pen.)|
|Hadji 37' |
|Report||Chippo 45+1' (o.g.) |
|Burley 66'||Report||H. Flo 46'|
|Ronaldo 9' |
|Report||Bassir 23', 85' |
|Bebeto 78'||Report||T. A. Flo 83' |
Rekdal 89' (pen.)
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.
|1||Italy||3||2||1||0||7||3||+4||7||Advance to knockout stage|
|Vieri 11' |
R. Baggio 84' (pen.)
|Report||Salas 45+3', 48'|
|Njanka 77'||Report||Polster 90+1'|
|Salas 70'||Report||Vastić 90+2'|
|Di Biagio 7' |
Vieri 75', 89'
|Vieri 48' |
R. Baggio 90'
|Report||Herzog 90+2' (pen.)|
|Sierra 20'||Report||M'Boma 56'|
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.
|1||France (H)||3||3||0||0||9||1||+8||9||Advance to knockout stage|
|Dugarry 36' |
Issa 77' (o.g.)
|McCarthy 51'||Report||A. Nielsen 12'|
|Henry 37', 78' |
|Djorkaeff 12' (pen.) |
|Report||M. Laudrup 42' (pen.)|
|South Africa||2–2||Saudi Arabia|
|Bartlett 18', 90+3' (pen.)||Report||Al-Jaber 45+2' (pen.) |
Al-Thunayan 74' (pen.)
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.
|1||Nigeria||3||2||0||1||5||5||0||6||Advance to knockout stage|
|Hierro 21' |
|Report||Adepoju 24' |
Zubizarreta 73' (o.g.)
|Oruma 11'||Report||Ayala 1' |
|Hierro 6' (pen.) |
Luis Enrique 18'
Morientes 55', 81'
Bachev 88' (o.g.)
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.
|1||Netherlands||3||1||2||0||7||2||+5||5||Advance to knockout stage|
|Ha Seok-ju 27'||Report||Peláez 50' |
Hernández 75', 84'
|Wilmots 42', 47'||Report||García Aspe 55' (pen.) |
|Cocu 37' |
Van Hooijdonk 80'
R. de Boer 83'
|Cocu 4' |
R. de Boer 18'
|Report||Peláez 75' |
|Nilis 7'||Report||Yoo Sang-Chul 72'|
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.
|1||Germany||3||2||1||0||6||2||+4||7||Advance to knockout stage|
|Möller 10' |
|Mihajlović 72' (o.g.) |
|Report||Mijatović 13' |
|McBride 87'||Report||Estili 41' |
|Bierhoff 50' |
|United States||0–1||FR Yugoslavia|
Romania and England became Group G top finishers as Colombia and Tunisia were unable to reach the last 16, despite Colombia having one win.
|1||Romania||3||2||1||0||4||2||+2||7||Advance to knockout stage|
|Shearer 42' |
|Moldovan 46' |
|Report||Anderton 20' |
|Moldovan 71'||Report||Souayah 12' (pen.)|
Argentina and World Cup debutants Croatia finished at the top of Group H. Two other debutants, Jamaica and Japan, failed to advance.
|1||Argentina||3||3||0||0||7||0||+7||9||Advance to knockout stage|
|Earle 45'||Report||Stanić 27' |
|Ortega 31', 55' |
Batistuta 73', 78', 83' (pen.)
|Nakayama 74'||Report||Whitmore 39', 54'|
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 16||Quarter-finals||Semi-finals||Final|
|27 June – Paris|
|3 July – Nantes|
|28 June – Saint-Denis|
|7 July – Marseille|
|Brazil (p)||1 (4)|
|29 June – Toulouse|
|4 July – Marseille|
|30 June – Saint-Étienne|
|Argentina (p)||2 (4)|
|12 July – Saint-Denis|
|27 June – Marseille|
|3 July – Saint-Denis|
|28 June – Lens|
|France (p)||0 (4)|
|8 July – Saint-Denis|
|29 June – Montpellier|
|4 July – Lyon||11 July – Paris|
|30 June – Bordeaux|
Round of 16
|César Sampaio 11', 26' |
Ronaldo 45+3' (pen.), 72'
|Babangida 77'||Report||Møller 3' |
B. Laudrup 12'
|Klinsmann 74' |
|Bergkamp 38' |
|Report||Šuker 45+2' (pen.)|
|Batistuta 5' (pen.) |
|Report||Shearer 9' (pen.) |
|4–3|| Shearer |
|R. Baggio |
|3–4|| Zidane |
|Bebeto 10' |
Rivaldo 25', 59'
|Report||M. Jørgensen 2' |
B. Laudrup 50'
|Kluivert 12' |
|Report||Jarni 45+3' |
|Ronaldo 46'||Report||Kluivert 87'|
|4–2|| F. de Boer |
R. de Boer
|Thuram 47', 70'||Report||Šuker 46'|
Third place play-off
|Zenden 22'||Report||Prosinečki 14' |
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, later to be topped by Brazil's 7–1 defeat by Germany in the semi-finals of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
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. 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.
French president Jacques Chirac was in attendance to congratulate and commiserate the winners and runners-up respectively after the match. Several days after the victory, winning manager Aimé Jacquet announced his resignation from the French team with immediate effect.
|Report||Zidane 27', 45+1' |
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