World Cup 1998

Last Modified Nov 24, 2022 13:47 IST

Where Was The 1998 FIFA World Cup Held?

On 2nd July 1992, it was decided that France would host the 1998 FIFA World Cup.Their competition was Morocco but France beat Morocco with 12 votes to 7 and became the hosts of the 1998 FIFA World Cup. Hosting the 1998 FIFA World Cup meant that France would now become the third country to host the FIFA World Cup on two separate occasions after Mexico in 1986 and Italy in 1990.

England were also among the original applicants to host the 1998 FIFA World Cup but withdrew their application in favor of hosting the UEFA EUROS 1996 edition. On 4th June, 2015, Chuck Blazer confirmed that he and other FIFA officials were bribed during the 1998 and 2010 World Cup host selection process. Since France was declared as the hosts it was assumed that they took part in this bribery but it was later revealed that the bribery took place from the failed Moroccan bid.

The 1998 FIFA World Cup games were played in 10 different stadiums across France. The Stade de France was the most used stadium and was used for 9 different games throughout the World Cup.

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1998 FIFA World Cup is located in France
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Stade de FranceStade VélodromeParc des PrincesStade de Gerland
48°55′28″N 2°21′36″E43°16′11″N 5°23′45″E48°50′29″N 2°15′11″E45°43′26″N 4°49′56″E
Capacity: 80,000Capacity: 60,000Capacity: 48,875Capacity: 44,000
Stade Félix-Bollaert
50°25′58.26″N 2°48′53.47″E
Capacity: 41,300
Stade de la Beaujoire
47°15′20.27″N 1°31′31.35″W
Capacity: 39,500
Stadium de ToulouseStade Geoffroy-GuichardParc LescureStade de la Mosson
43°34′59.93″N 1°26′2.57″E45°27′38.76″N 4°23′24.42″E44°49′45″N 0°35′52″W43°37′19.85″N 3°48′43.28″E
Capacity: 37,000Capacity: 36,000Capacity: 35,200Capacity: 34,000

Who Was The 1998 World Cup Winner?

France won the 1998 FIFA World Cup tournament. They were drawn in Group C along with Denmark, South Africa, and Saudi Arabia. They had a very strong start to their World Cup campaign, winning all 3 of their group stages games and finishing on top of Group C. France then faced their first problem in their Round of 16 game against Paraguay. Neither teams were unable to score in normal time and the match extended into extra time.

France left it very late and scored the winner in the 114’ through Laurent Blanc. This helped them get a narrow win against Paraguay and advance to the Quarter-finals. France then played Italy in the Quarter-finals and this time went even further than extra time. The score stood at 0-0 even after extra time, but France beat Italy 4-3 in the penalty shootouts owing to penalties missed by Albertini and Di Biagio.

France’s next opponent was Croatia. Croatia managed to take the lead through Suker’s goal in the semi-finals, but a brace by Thuram saw France win the tie 2-1 and advance to the finals of the FIFA World Cup. France played Brazil in the 1998 FIFA World Cup final. France had a very dominant display in the final and comfortably won the World Cup. 2 first half goals by Zidane put France in the driving seat and a 90+3’ goal by Petit put the nail in the coffin as France beat Brazil 3-0 to win the 1998 FIFA World Cup.

Which Teams Were In The 1998 World Cup?

AFC (4)


CAF (5)

South Africa

OFC (0)

None qualified


United States



UEFA (15)

FR Yugoslavia

Who Was The Top Scorer In The 1998 World Cup?

Croatian striker Davor Suker was the top goal scorer in the 1998 FIFA World Cup with 6 goals. He managed to score in every single game Croatia scored in. Suker scored 2 goals in the group stages, one against Jamica and one against Japan. He aslo scored 1 goal in each of Round of 16, Quarter-finals, Semi-finals, and the third place playoffs, helping Croatia finish 3rd in the 1998 FIFA World Cup.

What Was The 1998 World Cup Trophy?

The FIFA World Cup Trophy was awarded to France for winning the 1998 FIFA World Cup. This trophy was awarded every year since 1974 but no team got to keep it permanently. It was given to you for the post match celebrations after which the trophy would be taken back to be awarded to the winner of the next edition of the FIFA World Cup.

What Was The Official 1998 World Cup Ball?

The official ball of the 1998 FIFA World Cup was called “Tricolore”. This was manufactured and produced by Adidas. This was the first multicolored ball at a World Cup finals tournament.