FIFA World Cup: France, 1998
- An accumulated audience of over 37 billion people watched the France 98 tournament (I know that's more than the world's population, this figure is an 'accumulated' audience, meaning if people watched more than one game, they were counted each time), including approximately 1.3 billion for the final alone, while over 2.7 million people flocked to watch the 64 matches in the French stadia.
- The fastest goal by a substitute was made by Ebbe Sand of Denmark against Nigeria in the second round in 1998. Sand scored only 16 seconds after coming on in Denmark's 4-1 win.
World Cup Firsts
- The first player to score a golden goal was Laurent Blanc of France in the 113th minute in the Second Round match against Paraquay on 28 June 1998.
- The first French player to be sent off in World Cup finals was Zindine Zidane, in the First Round match against Saudi Arabia on 18 June 1998. France had kept a clean sheet for 68 years until France '98!