The FIFA Technical Study Group included such well-known football experts as Rinus Michels, Gerard Houllier, Osvaldo Ramirez, Dr. Josef Venglos etc., and they worked together with MasterCard to choose a World Cup 98 All-Star team and to characterise the performance of each of the players selected in a few phrases. In addition to the top 16, they chose six more players whom they saw as the most promising young talents for the future.*
* The complete statistics for the World Cup are now available from FIFA. The full report from the Technical Study Group will be ready in mid-November.
|Fabien BARTHEZ (France):
Spectacular, brave, brilliant in the air. Good reading of the game, confident.
|José Luis CHILAVERT (Paraguay): Powerful personality player, a leader, fast, good goalkeeper with excellent field player abilities.|
|Lilian THURAM (France):
Outstanding right full-back. Can steal the ball from opponents. Physically strong, difficult to beat.
|Roberto CARLOS (Brazil) :
Outstanding left full-back. Fast and good technique; always involved in the game.
|Frank de BOER (Netherlands):
Allround talent; pace, technical ability and good leader in defence.
|Marcel DESAILLY (France):
Wonderful defender with initiative, good reader of the game. Backline leader, charismatic centre-back with discipline. Top skills in defensive techniques.
|Carlos GAMARRA (Paraguay):
Physically strong, good in the air, important defender for Paraguay.
|Zinedine ZIDANE (France):
A master playmaker, a genius with the ball at his feet.
"Boss", leader of the team. Playmaker, organises from behind. Good technical ability (variations in passing).
A great individualist who plays for the team, outstanding left foot.
|Edgar DAVIDS (Netherlands):
Fierce competitor, team player; quick and extremely good skills.
|Michael LAUDRUP (Denmark):
Classical schemer with a great brain and the skills to bring out the best in his team-mates.
|Dennis BERGKAMP (Netherlands):
Class – with moments of genius (goal versus Argentina).
|Davor ŠUKER (Croatia):
A veritable fox in attack!
A match winner, finishes with maximum efficiency, very explosive.
|Brian LAUDRUP (Denmark):
Solo finishing, wizard, best technique in movements, marvellous at running with the ball.