1998 FIFA World Cup Final
World championships in athletics 2003 Paris Saint-Denis stadium
Event1998 FIFA World Cup
Date12 July 1998
VenueStade de France, Saint-Denis
Man of the MatchZinedine Zidane (France)
RefereeSaid Belqola (Morocco)
23 °C (73 °F)

The 1998 FIFA World Cup Final was a football match that was played on 12 July 1998 at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis to determine the winner of the 1998 FIFA World Cup. The final was contested by Brazil, who were the defending champions having won the previous FIFA World Cup four years earlier in 1994, and the host nation France, who had reached the final of the tournament for the first time. France won the match 3–0 to claim the World Cup for the first time, with the timing of the match two days before Bastille Day adding to the significance of the victory. Zinedine Zidane, who was named man of the match, scored twice before half-time and Emmanuel Petit added a third goal in the last minute. The match had an attendance in the region of 75,000.

On their way to the final, defending champions Brazil, coached by their former player Mário Zagallo, recorded victories over Scotland (2–1) and Morocco (3–0) to top their group with 6 points from three matches, suffering a surprise 2–1 defeat at the hands of Norway in their final group game. After a 4–1 win over Chile and a 3–2 success against Denmark, they reached the final with a penalty shoot-out victory over the Netherlands. As for France, they won their three group matches and defeated Paraguay in the knockout stages on golden goals. They had a penalty-shootout with Italy in the quarter-finals, and defeated recently formed Croatia to reach the final.

The match also saw speculation on the condition of the Brazilian striker Ronaldo, who suffered a convulsive fit on the eve of the match. After initially being left out of the team sheet, in spite of his physical state, it was announced just 72 minutes before kick-off that he was going to play. In the match, he sustained an injury in a clash with French goalkeeper Fabien Barthez. Although it was believed that the decision to play Ronaldo had backfired, it was understandable as the player had been a crucial member of the side throughout the tournament, having scored four goals and created three more.

France followed up their victory by qualifying for and winning UEFA Euro 2000 held in the Netherlands and Belgium. Brazil took the Copa America title in 1999, and then won the next FIFA World Cup in Japan and South Korea in 2002. Ronaldo went on to set the record for goals in World Cups, which was later broken by Miroslav Klose of Germany in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

For Brazil, this marked only the second time that they had lost a World Cup final, following their 2–1 upset loss to Uruguay in the de facto final of the 1950 FIFA World Cup. The 3–0 scoreline was also Brazil's previous largest loss at any World Cup match prior to their 7–1 loss to Germany in the semifinals of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Route to the final

Brazil Brazil Round Flag of France France
Main article: 1998 FIFA World Cup Group A
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Brazil.png Brazil 320163+36
Flag of Norway.png Norway 312054+15
Morocco.png Morocco 31115504
Scotland.png Scotland 301226−41
Group stage
Main article: 1998 FIFA World Cup Group C
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Flag of France.png France 330091+89
Flag of Denmark.gif Denmark 31113304
Flag of South Africa.png South Africa 302136−32
Flag of Saudi Arabia.png Saudi Arabia 301227−51
Opponent Result Knockout stage Opponent Result
Flag of Chile.png Chile 4–1 First knockout round Flag of Paraguay.png Paraguay 1–0 (a.s.d.e.t.)
Flag of Denmark.gif Denmark 3–2 Quarter-finals Flag of Italy.gif Italy 0–0 (4–3 pen.)
Netherlands.png Netherlands 1–1 (4–2 pen.) Semi-finals Croatia.png Croatia 2–1


Brazil were drawn in Group A for the group stages alongside Scotland, Morocco and Norway. They recorded victories over Scotland (2–1) and Morocco (3–0) to progress but lost their final game 2–1 to Norway.

They next faced Group B runners-up Chile in the last-16 and comprehensively won 4–1, Ronaldo and César Sampaio each scoring twice. In the quarter-finals, they played Denmark, who had also won their previous game 4–1 (against Nigeria), but Brazil won a tight game 3–2. Despite being 1–0 down to a Martin Jorgensen goal in the second minute, Brazil turned the game around in their favour with goals from Bebeto (11) and Rivaldo (27). Brian Laudrup equalised for Denmark after 50 minutes but Brazil won the game 10 minutes later courtesy of a second from Rivaldo.

In the semi-finals, Brazil faced the Netherlands in Marseille. The game finished 1–1 at full-time, Ronaldo scoring just after half-time and Patrick Kluivert equalising for the Netherlands in the 87th minute, and the score remained the same through extra-time. The match had to be settled by penalties which Brazil won 4–2 to reach their second successive World Cup final.


France were drawn in Group C alongside Denmark, South Africa and Saudi Arabia. They started their campaign with an easy 3–0 win over South Africa followed by a convincing 4–0 win over Saudi Arabia. France secured top spot in their group courtesy of a 2–1 win over Denmark with goals from Youri Djorkaeff and Emmanuel Petit.

In the second round they faced Group D runners-up Paraguay. France won a close encounter 1–0 in extra time thanks to a golden goal scored by Laurent Blanc. In the quarter-finals France faced Italy who had also scraped through to the quarter-finals with a 1–0 win over Norway. A tense match ended 0–0 after extra time and France won 4–3 on penalties after Italy's Luigi Di Biagio struck his penalty onto the crossbar.

In the semi-finals, France faced tournament surprise Croatia. After a goal-less first half, Croatia took the lead in the first minute of the second half through Davor Šuker, his fifth goal of the tournament. France responded immediately with Lilian Thuram scoring his first international goal. Thuram then added a second twenty minutes from time to send France to their first ever World Cup final. The match ended in controversy however when Laurent Blanc was sent off after a skirmish with Croatia's Slaven Bilić. Bilić had sunk down to his knees, seemingly in pain. Replays showed, however, that there was minimal contact between the players. Blanc's expulsion meant he would miss the final.



The build-up was dominated by the fitness of Brazil's star striker, Ronaldo, amid reports that he had suffered a pre-match fit.

Zinedine Zidane gave France the lead just before the half-hour mark with a header from an in-swinging corner from the right taken by Emmanuel Petit. Only minutes later, Ronaldo was put through on goal by a long ball from Dunga, but he could not get the better of the onrushing Fabien Barthez, who collided with the Brazilian striker. Both needed assistance from the squad medics but quickly recovered. Brazil's superstar playmakers Leonardo and Rivaldo were kept quiet by Didier Deschamps and Christian Karembeu. Zidane doubled France's advantage on the stroke of half-time with an almost identical goal, this time the corner came from the left. In the second half, Ronaldo had a chance to halve the deficit. The ball fell for him inside the penalty box, but he could only plant his shot into Barthez's arms. Midfielder Emmanuel Petit wrapped up the scoring in the 90th minute, after receiving a through ball from his Arsenal team mate Patrick Vieira, slotting the ball low into the net. France had to play the last 20 minutes with only 10 men with the dismissal of Marcel Desailly.


12 July 1998
Brazil Brazil.png 0–3 Flag of France.png France Stade de France, Saint-Denis
Attendance: 80,000
Referee: Said Belqola (Morocco)
Report Zidane Soccerball 27'45+1'
Petit Soccerball 90+3'
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GK 1 Claudio Taffarel
RB 2 Cafu
CB 3 Aldair
CB 4 Junior Baiano Yellow card 33'
LB 6 Roberto Carlos
CM 5 César Sampaio Sub off 73'
CM 8 Dunga (c)
AM 10Rivaldo
AM 18Leonardo Sub off 46'
CF 20Bebeto
CF 9 Ronaldo
MF 19Denílson Sub on 46'
FW 21Edmundo Sub on 73'
Mário Zagallo
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GK 16Fabien Barthez
RB 15Lilian Thuram
CB 8 Marcel Desailly Yellow cardYellow cardRed card 48', 68'
CB 18Frank Leboeuf
LB 3 Bixente Lizarazu
DM 7 Didier Deschamps (c) Yellow card 39'
CM 19Christian Karembeu Yellow card 56' Sub off 57'
CM 17Emmanuel Petit
AM 10Zinedine Zidane
AM 6 Youri Djorkaeff Sub off 74'
CF 9 Stéphane Guivarc'h Sub off 66'
MF 14Alain Boghossian Sub on 57'
FW 21Christophe Dugarry Sub on 66'
MF 4 Patrick Vieira Sub on 74'
Aimé Jacquet

Man of the Match:
Zinedine Zidane (France)

Assistant referees:
Mark Warren (England)
Achmat Salie (South Africa)
Fourth official:
Rahman Al Zaid (Saudi Arabia)

Match rules

  • 90 minutes
  • 30 minutes of extra-time if necessary
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level.
  • Maximum of three substitutions.


Brazil France
Goals scored 0 3
Total shots 12 14
Shots on target 6 5
Fouls committed 15 13
Offsides 5 3
Yellow cards 1 4
Second yellow card & red card 0 1
Red cards 0 0

External links

1998 FIFA World Cup

Group A  · Group B  · Group C  · Group D  · Group E  · Group F  · Group G  · Group H

Knockout stage  · Final


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