1998 FIFA World Cup France™

10 June - 12 July

1998 FIFA World Cup™

Four World Champions in the Top Team

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.

Goalkeepers
  
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.
   
Defenders
  
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.
   
Midfielders
  
Zinedine **ZIDANE** (France): A master playmaker, a genius with the ball at his feet. **DUNGA** (Brazil): "Boss", leader of the team. Playmaker, organises from behind. Good technical ability (variations in passing).
  
**RIVALDO** (Brazil): 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.
   
Attackers
  
Dennis **BERGKAMP** (Netherlands): Class – with moments of genius (goal versus Argentina). Davor **ŠUKER** (Croatia): A veritable fox in attack!
  
**RONALDO** (Brazil): 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.