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World Cup Football - 1998 Hosts France

Will and Guy's World Cup Stories - 1998 Winners France (World Cup 16)

Final: France 3 : 0 Brazil

New Innovations

  • First Golden Goal scored by Laurent Blanc (France) against Paraguay
  • Fourth official holds up a display of how many minutes of extra time to be played.
  • The number of teams in the final was increased from 24 to 32.

Background

Perhaps the most open World Cup ever.  Home advantage proved the deciding factor, especially in the final, where a strange illness debilitated the Brazilian star Ronaldo.

Key men

Zinedine Zidane  (Michael Owen England)

Ronaldo

Suker (Croatia) 6 Goals

Classic Games

Argentina 2 : 2 England  (Argentina win on penalties)

Average goals per game 2.7

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