1998 FIFA Men's World Cup • June 10 - July 12

France 1998

The 1998 FIFA World Cup in France expanded the tournament's horizons as it welcomed 32 teams for the first time, encapsulating the growing global footprint of the game. The event culminated with France winning their first World Cup, a triumph sealed on home soil as they defeated Brazil 3-0 in a final that was as much a tactical masterclass as it was a national celebration, with Zinedine Zidane rising to the occasion with two headed goals and the French captain Didier Deschamps lifting the trophy in the Stade de France. The tournament showcased a rich tapestry of talent and was punctuated by the emergence of new footballing nations, evidenced by Croatia's remarkable third-place finish in their maiden World Cup. Controversy also touched the tournament, with the mystery surrounding Brazilian superstar Ronaldo's health before the final remaining a subject of speculation.

Winners and awards

Third place

Golden Ball (best player)
Silver Ball
Davor Šuker
Bronze Ball
Lilian Thuram
Golden Boot (top scorer)
Davor Šuker
Silver Boot
Christian Vieri
Gabriel Batistuta
Golden Glove (best keeper)
Fabien Barthez
Best Young Player
Michael Owen

Top scorers

Davor Šuker (6)
Gabriel Batistuta (5)
Christian Vieri (5)
Ronaldo (4)
Luis Hernández (4)
Marcelo Salas (4)
Jürgen Klinsmann (3)
Oliver Bierhoff (3)
Rivaldo (3)
Bebeto (3)


Stade du Parc Lescure
Bordeaux, France • 35000
Stade Félix-Bollaert
Lens, France • 41000
Stade de Gerland
Lyon, France • 44000
Stade Vélodrome
Marseille, France • 60000
Stade de la Mosson
Montpellier, France • 34000
Stade de la Beaujoire
Nantes, France • 40000
Parc des Princes
Paris, France • 49000
Stade de France
Saint-Denis, France • 80000
Stade Geoffroy-Guichard
Saint-Étienne, France • 36000
Stade de Toulouse
Toulouse, France • 37000

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