The 1998 World Cup was hosted by Northern European country France from the 10th June to the 12th July and the tournament marked the second time France had been chosen by Fifa to be the host nation. The tournament was the first World Cup to be expanded from 24 to 32 teams with eight groups of four, following a similar albeit smaller expansion from the UEFA Euro tournament expansion.
France 1998 was won by the home nation who defeated Brazil 3-0 in the final held at the Stade de France, a victory which marked France’s first World Cup title and only 7th country to have won the competition in total.
The final was a slightly anti-climatic affair with player of the tournament Ronaldo notably jaded throughout the match following omission and then re-inclusion to the starting line up 45 minutes before kick-off. It later materialised that Ronaldo had suffered a convulsive fit with many medical experts later stating that Ronaldo shouldn’t have played although it reportedly it was the Brazilian strikers decision to take to the pitch.
|Saint-Denis||Stade de France||80,000|
|Nantes||Stade de la Beaujoire||39,500|
|Toulouse||Stadium de Toulouse||37,000|
|Montpellier||Stade de la Mosson||34,000|
|Paris||Parc des Princes||48,875|
|Lyon||Stade de Gerland||44,000|