World Cup 1998 – France Stadiums

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Last Updated: August 14, 2015

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Fans waving French Flags

Overview

  • Winner: France
  • Runner Up: Brazil
  • Stadiums: 10
  • Teams: 32
  • Date: 10th June - 12th July 1998

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.

Venues

Location Stadium Capacity
Saint-Denis Stade de France 80,000
Lens Stade Félix-Bollaert 41,300
Nantes Stade de la Beaujoire 39,500
Toulouse Stadium de Toulouse 37,000
Saint-Étienne Stade Geoffroy-Guichard 36,000
Bordeaux Parc Lescure 35,200
Montpellier Stade de la Mosson 34,000
Marseille Stade Vélodrome 60,000
Paris Parc des Princes 48,875
Lyon Stade de Gerland 44,000

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Last Updated: August 14, 2015

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