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France 1998 World Cup Betting

1998 FIFA World CupYear: 1998

Participants: 32

Countries: Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Paraguay, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Tunisia, United States, Yugoslavia

Championship: France 3, Brazil 0

Top goal scorer: Davor Suker, Croatia (6)

MVP: Ronaldo, Brazil.

For the first time in 20 years, a host country was able to hoist the World Cup Trophy at the end of the tournament.

That distinction would go to France, who surprised many people not only by beating heavy-favorite Brazil but by dominating the defending champion in a 3-0 win. French star Zinedine Zidane, who earlier in the tournament was suspended for two matches, came through in the end, scoring twice against Brazil.

France '98 was expanded to 32 teams, from 24, a fitting farewell to outgoing FIFA president Joao Havelange, who left his mark by increasing the game's world appeal. Despite the bigger field, there were relatively few upsets, although World Cup rookie Croatia surprised everyone by reaching the semifinals.

Croatia, a nation that didn't even exist in Italia '90, upset Germany 3-0 in the quarterfinals and beat the Netherlands 2-1 in the third-place game. Croatian Davor Suker led all scorers in the tournament with six goals.

The Brazilians, winners in 1994, couldn't win their fifth World Cup title but advanced to the championship match despite having lost star scorer Romario -- the Golden Ball (outstanding player) winner in '94 -- to injury before the tournament. Another Brazilian star, the 21-year-old Ronaldo -- who was on the roster but did not play in '94 -- suffered convulsions and had to be rushed to a hospital hours before the championship. He did not have a good game against France, but the two-time FIFA player of the year scored four goals and had three assists in the tournament and won the '98 Golden Ball award.

Another young star made his mark in '98, 18-year-old English phenom Michael Owen. Owen scored one of the best goals of the World Cup, in a thrilling loss to Argentina in the Round of 16, and could be one of the stars to watch.

As for the United States? Nobody expected the U.S. team to win France '98, but probably no one expected them to finish dead last, either. With losses to Germany, Iran and Yugoslavia in pool play, the Americans failed to build upon their success in '94, and coach Steve Sampson resigned shortly after the loss to Yugoslavia.

Attacking soccer helped increase the average number of goals per game to 2.63, compared with 2.47 in '94 and well up from the 2.28 average of the defense-dominated 1990 tournament in Italy.

There were a couple of ugly incidents outside the games early in the tournament. Before their team's first match against Tunisia, English fans rampaged through Marseille for three nights, fighting rival fans and police. And, before the Germany-Yugoslavia match, Lens was invaded by neo-Nazi groups; a 44-year-old police officer was beaten into a coma by a German wielding an iron bar.

World Cup France 1998 Schedule and Results

Group 1 Results
Brazil vs Scotland 2-1 (June 10, Stade De France)
Morocco vs Norway 2-2 (June 10, La Mosson)
Scotland vs Norway 1-1 (June 16, Parc Lescure)
Brazil vs Morocco 3-0 (June 16, La Beaujoire)
Scotland vs Morocco 0-3 (June 23, Geoffroy-Guichard)
Brazil vs Norway 1-2 (June 23, Velodrome)
Group 1 Standing
Team GP W D L GS GC P
Brazil 3 2 0 1 6 3 6
Norway 3 1 2 0 5 4 5
Morocco 3 1 1 1 5 5 4
Scotland 3 0 1 2 2 6 1

 

Group 2 Results
Italy vs Chile 2-2 (June 11, Parc Lescure)
Cameroon vs Austria 1-1 (June 11, Municipal)
Chile vs Austria 1-1 (June 17, Geoffroy-Guichard)
Italy vs Cameroon 3-0 (June 17, La Mosson)
Italy vs Austria 2-1 (June 23, Stade De France)
Chile vs Cameroon 1-1 (June 23, La Beaujoire)
Group 2 Standing
Team GP W D L GS GC P
Italy 3 2 1 0 7 3 7
Chile 3 0 3 0 4 4 3
Austria 3 0 2 1 3 4 2
Cameroon 3 0 2 1 2 5 2

 

Group 3 Results
France vs South Africa 3-0 (June 12, Velodrome)
Saudi Arabia vs Denmark 0-1 (June 12, Felix Bollaert)
France vs Saudi Arabia 4-0 (June 18, Stade De France)
South Africa vs Denmark 1-1 (June 18, Municipal)
France vs Denmark 2-1 (June 24, Gerland)
South Africa vs Saudi Arabia 2-2 (June 24, Parc Lescure)
Group 3 Standing
Team GP W D L GS GC P
France 3 3 0 0 9 1 9
Denmark 3 1 1 1 3 3 4
South Africa 3 0 2 1 3 6 2
Saudi Arabia 3 0 1 2 2 7 1

 

Group 4 Results
Paraguay vs Bulgaria 0-0 (June 12, La Mosson)
Spain vs Nigeria 2-3 (June 13, La Beaujoire)
Nigeria vs Bulgaria 1-0 (June 19, Parc Des Princes)
Spain vs Paraguay 0-0 (June 19, Geoffroy-Guichard)
Spain vs Bulgaria 6-1 (June 24, Felix Bollaert)
Nigeria vs Paraguay 1-3 (June 24, Municipal)
Group 4 Standing
Team GP W D L GS GC P
Nigeria 3 2 0 1 5 5 6
Paraguay 3 1 2 0 3 1 5
Spain 3 1 1 1 8 4 4
Bulgaria 3 0 1 2 1 7 1

 

Group 5 Results
Korea Republic vs Mexico 1-3 (June 13, Gerland)
Netherlands vs Belgium 0-0 (June 13, Stade De France)
Netherlands vs Korea Republic 5-0 (June 20, Velodrome)
Belgium vs Mexico 2-2 (June 20, Parc Lescure)
Belgium vs Korea Republic 1-1 (June 25, Parc Des Princes)
Netherlands vs Mexico 2-2 (June 25, Geoffroy-Guichard)
Group 5 Standing
Team GP W D L GS GC P
Netherlands 3 1 2 0 7 2 5
Mexico 3 1 2 0 7 5 5
Belgium 3 0 3 0 3 3 3
Korea Republic 3 0 1 2 2 9 1

 

Group 6 Results
Yugoslavia vs Iran 1-0 (June 14, Geoffroy-Guichard)
Germany vs United States 2-0 (June 15, Parc Des Princes)
Germany vs Yugoslavia 2-2 (June 21, Felix Bollaert)
United States vs Iran 1-2 (June 21, Gerland)
Germany vs Iran 2-0 (June 25, La Mosson)
United States vs Yugoslavia 0-1 (June 25, La Beaujoire)
Group 6 Standing
Team GP W D L GS GC P
Germany 3 2 1 0 6 2 7
Yugoslavia 3 2 1 0 4 2 7
Iran 3 1 0 2 2 4 3
United States 3 0 0 3 1 5 0

 

Group 7 Results
Romania vs Colombia 1-0 (June 15, Gerland)
England vs Tunisia 2-0 (June 15, Velodrome)
Colombia vs Tunisia 1-0 (June 22, La Mosson)
Romania vs England 2-1 (June 22, Municipal)
Romania vs Tunisia 1-1 (June 26, Stade De France)
Colombia vs England 0-2 (June 26, Felix Bollaert)
Group 7 Standing
Team GP W D L GS GC P
Romania 3 2 1 0 4 2 7
England 3 2 0 1 5 2 6
Colombia 3 1 0 2 1 3 3
Tunisia 3 0 1 2 1 4 1

 

Group 8 Results
Jamaica vs Croatia 1-3 (June 14, Felix Bollaert)
Argentina vs Japan 1-0 (June 14, Municipal)
Japan vs Croatia 0-1 (June 20, La Beaujoire)
Argentina vs Jamaica 5-0 (June 21, Parc Des Princes)
Japan vs Jamaica 1-2 (June 26, Gerland)
Argentina vs Croatia 1-0 (June 26, Parc Lescure)
Group 8 Standing
Team GP W D L GS GC P
Argentina 3 3 0 0 7 0 9
Croatia 3 2 0 1 4 2 6
Jamaica 3 1 0 2 3 9 3
Japan 3 0 0 3 1 4 0

 

Round 16 Results
Brazil vs Chile 4-1 (June 27, Parc Des Princes)
Italy vs Norway 1-0 (June 27, Velodrome)
Nigeria vs Denmark 1-4 (June 28, Stade De France)
France vs Paraguay 1-0 A.E.T (June 28, Felix Bollaert)
Germany vs Mexico 2-1 (June 29, La Mosson)
Netherlands vs Yugoslavia 2-1 (June 29, Municipal)
Argentina* vs England 2-2 A.E.T (June 30, Geoffroy-Guichard)
Romania vs Croatia 0-1 (June 30, Parc Lescure)

 

Quarter-Finals Results
Italy vs France* 0-0 A.E.T (July 3, Stade De France)
Brazil vs Denmark 3-2 (July 3, La Beaujoire)
Germany vs Croatia 0-3 (July 4, Gerland)
Netherlands vs Argentina 2-1 (July 4, Velodrome)

 

Semi-Final
Brazil* vs Netherlands 1-1 A.E.T (July 7, Velodrome)
France vs Croatia 2-1 (July 8, Stade De France)

 

3rd. / 4th. Placing
Netherlands vs Croatia 1-2 (July 11, Parc Des Princes)

 

Final
Brazil vs France 0-3 (June 12, Stade De France)

 

Statistics:
World Cup Champions: France
Runners Up: Brazil
Highest Scoring Game: Spain vs. Bulgaria 6-1 (Group D)
Total Goals Scored: 171
Av. Goals Per Match: 2.67
Top Scorer: Davor Suker,Croatia-6 Goals
Best Scorers in 1 game: Gabriel Batistuta,Argentina-3 Goals
Highest Attendance: 80.000 (Brazil -Scotland, Group A)
Total Attendance: 2.774.891
Average Attendance: 43.357
Debut Appearance: South Africa,Jamaica,Croatia,Japan
Stadiums Used: Stade De France,Municipal,Geoffroy-Guichard,Velodrome,Felix Bollaert,Parc Lescure,La Mosson,La Beaujoire,Gerland,Parc Des Princes

 


Hosts Brazil continue to head the betting for the 2014 World Cup finals, best price 9/2 to win their sixth World Cup and their first as the host nation. Argentina are also well fancied whilst reigning champions Spain are slightly on the drift following Barcelona and Real Madrid's defeats at the semi-final stage of the Champions League to German opposition, with Germany now around 11/2 with the bookies as a result.

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