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1998 FIFA World Cup

France 1998

The 16th FIFA World Cup™ was the largest ever, contested by 32 teams with 64 matches played. The eight groups of four teams were spread out throughout France in the ten new or refurbished stadia, with the opening game and the final held in the splendid new Stade de France just north of Paris.

32 countries meant 30 qualifying spots, providing more opportunities for teams from Africa and Asia. The four-team groups also reflected the geographical spread, with all but one of the pools comprising two Europeans, one from the Americas and one from Africa or Asia.

Official FIFA World Cup™ Awards

Winner France
Second Brazil
Third Croatia
Fourth Netherlands
adidas Golden Shoe winner Davor SUKER (CRO) 6
adidas Golden Ball winner RONALDO (BRA)
FIFA Fair play award England / France
FIFA Award for the Most Entertaining Team France
Yashin Award for the Best Goalkeeper Fabien BARTHEZ (FRA)

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