Following the two semi-finals, FIFA's Technical Study Group (TSG) has designated the MasterCard All-Star Team of the 1998 World Cup which includes 16 players. The choice of the TSG was based on a pre-selection of some 60 players made on 3 July.
The first-ever All-Star Team at a World Cup was designated in 1994 and included players such as Dunga, Hagi, Roberto Baggio and Romario.
On behalf of the All-Stars selected, MasterCard, an official FIFA sponsor, will make a total donation of USD 50,000.- to SOS Children's Villages , FIFA's official charity ever since a partnership was struck in late 1996. SOS is a non-donominational charity which was founded in 1949 with the aim of helping orphaned or abandoned children to acquire a family, a roof over their heads and a decent start in life. There are well over 300 villages in far more than 100 countries throughout the world.
The FIFA TSG is coordinated by Jürg Nepfer, Head of FIFA's Technical Department, and includes the following members: Rinus Michels (Netherlands), Gérard Houiller (France), Dr. Joszef Venglos (Slovakia), Andy Roxburgh (Scotland), Raul Maganá (El Salvador), CK Gyamfi (Ghana), Osvaldo "Cachito" Ramirez (Peru), Chief Onigbinde (Nigeria), S. Subramaniam (Malaysia) and Oscar Washington Tabarez (Uruguay).
MasterCard All-Star Team of the 1998 World Cup GOALKEEPERSFabien BARTHEZ
Spectacular, brave- brilliant in the air. Good reading of the game, self-confident.
José Luis CHILAVERT
Powerful personality player, a leader, fast,good goalkeeper with excellent fieldplayer abilities.
Wonderful defender, initiative, good reader of the game. Backline leader - charismatic centreback with discipline. Top skills in defensive techniques.
Frank de BOER
Allround talent; pace, technical ability and good leader in defence
Physically strong - good in the air, important defender for Paraguay.
Outstanding left full-back. Fast and good technique; always involved in the game.
Outstanding right full-back. Can steal the ball from opponents. Physically strong, difficult to beat.
Fierce competitor, teamplayer; quick and extremely good skills.
«Boss», leader of the team. Playmaker, organises from behind. Good technical ability (variations of passing)
Classical schemer with a great brain and the skills to bring out the best best in his team mates.
A great individualist who plays for the team - outstanding left foot.
A master playmaker. A genius with the ball at his feet.
Class - with moments of genius (goal versus Argentina).
Solo finishing, wizzard; best technique in movements - marvelous at running with the ball.
A match winner - finishes with maximum efficiency - very explosive.
A veritable fox in attack!
In addition, the TSG mentioned another six players would be added to a theoretical World Cup squad of 22 players. They include: Edwin Van der Sar (HOL, goalkeeper), Thierry Henry (FRA, attacker/midifielder), Jay Jay Okocha (NGA, midfielder), Michael Owen (ENG, attacker), Juan Veron (ARG, midfielder), Christian Vieri (ITA, attacker).