France in the World Cup Finals, World Cup Reports, World Cup Squad.
World Cup Appearances:
France 1998 was France's 10th appearance in the World Cup Finals.
Best World Cup Performance:
France reached the semi-finals in Sweden 1958, Spain 1982, and Mexico
In 1984, France won the European Championships on home soil, and their
supporters expected them to win the 1998 World Cup in France as well; at least they
reached the 1998 World Cup Final, to better their previous
12th June: vs. South
Africa (3:0) in Marseilles.
18th June: vs. Saudi
Arabia (4:0) in Saint-Denis.
24th June: vs. Denmark
(2:1) in Lyon.
24th June: vs. Paraguay (1:0 aet) in Lens.
After coasting through the first round, France had a nervous 113
minutes before Laurent Blanc finally beat Chilavert for a 1/4 final game against Italy.
3rd July: vs. Italy (0:0 aet) in Saint-Denis.
The goals dried up completely in the quarter-final, against Italy, but
the hosts scored more penalties.
8th July: vs. Croatia (2:1) in Saint-Denis.
Zidane spearheaded the semi-final assault on Croatia and although he
failed to score Thuram did twice, to Suker's one, and booked the hosts a place in the
final against the World Champions.
France 1998 World Cup Final
12th July: vs. Brazil (0:3) in Saint-Denis.
Aime Jacquet could finally take his jacket off and loosen his tie on
the Champs Éysées as France paraded the World Cup to the home supporters.
1 Bernard Lama (West Ham United)
16 Fabien Barthez (Monaco)
22 Lionel Charbonnier (Auxerre)
2 Vincent Candela (Roma)
3 Bixente Lizarazu (Bayern Munich)
5 Laurent Blanc (Marseilles)
8 Marcel Desailly (AC Milan)
15 Lilian Thuram (Parma)
18 Frank Leboeuf (Chelsea)
4 Patrick Vieira (Arsenal)
6 Youri Djorkaeff (Inter Milan)
7 Didier Deschamps (Juventus)
11 Robert Pires (Metz)
13 Bernard Diomede (Auxerre)
10 Zinedine Zidane (Juventus)
14 Alain Boghossian (Sampdoria)
17 Emmanuel Petit (Arsenal)
19 Christian Karembeu (Real Madrid)
9 Stephane Guivarc'h (Auxerre)
12 Thierry Henry (Monaco)
20 David Trezeguet (Monaco)
21 Christophe Dugarry (Marseille)
Union des Associations Européennes de Football.
Fédération Francaise de Football.
Brazil, Morocco, Norway, Scotland.
Austria, Cameroon, Chile, Italy.
Denmark, France, Saudi Arabia, South Africa.
Bulgaria, Nigeria, Paraguay, Spain.
Belgium, Holland, Mexico, South Korea.
Germany, Iran, United States, Yugoslavia.
Colombia, England, Romania, Tunisia.
Argentina, Croatia, Jamaica, Japan.
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