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  • The 1998 Italian National Soccer Team

    In 1998 France hosted the 16th World Cup Tournament and in the end they claimed their first title. The format for the event had changed from 1994. The field was expanded to include 32 teams instead of 24. The teams were divided into 8 groups of 4. Only the top two teams in each group advanced to the knockout stage. In the first round Italy was placed in Group B with Austria, Cameroon and Chile. Italy finished first in Group B with 2 wins and 1 draw and qualified for the knockout stage. Italy defeated Norway in the first round of the knockout stage, but lost to France on penalty kicks in the quarterfinals. Below is list of the players that participated in the tournament, goals they scored and the results of each match the team played.

    No.NamePositionGoals
    9 Demetrio Albertini Midfielder  
    11 Dino Baggio Midfielder  
    18 Roberto Baggio Forward 2
    2 Giuseppe Bergomi Defender  
    4 Fabio Cannavaro Defender  
    20 Enrico Chiesa Forward  
    13 Sandro Cois Midfielder  
    5 Alessandro Costacurta Defender  
    10 Alessandro Del Piero Forward  
    14 Luigi Di Biagio Midfielder 1
    15 Angelo Di Livio Midfielder  
    16 Roberto Di Matteo Midfielder  
    19 Filippo Inzaghi Forward  
    3 Paolo Maldini Defender  
    17 Francesco Moriero Midfielder  
    6 Alessandro Nesta Defender  
    7 Gianluca Pessotto Defender  
    8 Moreno Torricelli Defender  
    21 Christian Vieri Forward 5
    Goal Keepers
    No.NameRecord (W - D - L)Goals Allowed
    22 Gianluigi Buffon    
    12 Gianluca Pagliuca 3 - 1 - 1 3
    1 Francesco Toldo    
    Coach - Cesare Maldini

    Match Results
    Group B
    Italy2 - 2Chile
    Christian Vieri 10'
    Roberto Baggio 85'
    Goals ScoredMarcelo Salas 45', 49'
    Italy3 - 0Cameroon
    Luigi Di Biagio 7'
    Christian Vieri 75', 89'
    Goals Scored 
    Italy2 - 1Austria
    Christian Vieri 49'
    Roberto Baggio 89'
    Goals ScoredAndreas Herzog 90'
    Knockout Stage - Round of 16
    Italy1 - 0Norway
    Christian Vieri 18'Goals Scored 
    Knockout Stage - Quarterfinals
    Italy0 - 0France
     Goals Scored 
    Roberto Baggio
    Alessandro Costacurta
    Christian Vieri
    Penalties
    3 - 4
    Zinedine Zidane
    David Trezeguet
    Thierry Henry
    Laurent Blanc
    5th Place Finish
    1994 World Cup 2002 World Cup
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