FRANCE NATIONAL TEAM


Kirin Cup 1992


Japan vs France


Match Worn Shirt


Barthez Fabien


Did you Know?

During the Kirin Cup 94 Barthez made his debut with France National Team on 26 May 1994 against Australia. Though Barthez was understudy to Bernard Lama at UEFA Euro 1996 – at which France reached the semi-finals – he gained the number one goalkeeping position shortly afterwards and would not relinquish it for a decade.

World Cup 98

The 1998 FIFA World Cup was the 16th FIFA World Cup, the world championship for men’s national association football teams. It was held in France from 10 June to 12 July 1998. The country was chosen as the host nation by FIFA for the second time in the history of the tournament, defeating Morocco in the bidding process. It was the second time that France staged the competition (the first was in 1938), and the ninth time that it was held in Europe. Qualification for the finals began in March 1996 and concluded in November 1997. For the first time in the competition, the group stage was expanded from 24 teams to 32, with eight groups of four. A total of 64 matches were played in 10 stadiums located across 10 different host cities, with the opening match and final staged at the Stade de France, Saint-Denis. The tournament was won by France, who beat defending champions Brazil 3–0 in the final. France won their first title, becoming the seventh nation to win a World Cup, and the sixth (after Uruguay, Italy, England, West Germany and Argentina) to win the tournament on home soil. Croatia, Jamaica, Japan and South Africa made their first appearances in the finals. Austria, England, Scotland and Yugoslavia returned after missing the 1994 tournament.

FRANCE NATIONAL TEAM


Fifa World Cup “FRANCE 98”


France vs Italy


Match Worn Shirt


Petit Emmanuel


The Barthez–Blanc head-kissing ritual performed at the start of the game against Italy.

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France Team won the 1998 FIFA World Cup. The Final was played on 12 July 1998 at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis. The final was contested by Brazil, who were the defending champions having won the previous FIFA World Cup four years earlier in 1994, and the host nation France, who had reached the final of the tournament for the first time. France won the match 3–0 to claim the World Cup for the first time, with the timing of the match two days before Bastille Day adding to the significance of the victory. Zinedine Zidane, who was named man of the match, scored twice before half-time and Emmanuel Petit added a third goal in the last minute. The match had an attendance in the region of 75,000.

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In the quarterfinal France faced Italy. The game went to the penalties after the 0-0 in the 90 minutes. France won the penalties 4-3 going straight to semi final against Croatia.

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The 1998 FIFA World Cup Final was a football match that was played on 12 July 1998 at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis to determine the winner of the 1998 FIFA World Cup. The final was contested by Brazil, who were the defending champions having won the previous FIFA World Cup four years earlier in 1994, and the host nation France, who had reached the final of the tournament for the first time. France won the match 3–0 to claim the World Cup for the first time, with the timing of the match two days before Bastille Day adding to the significance of the victory. Zinedine Zidane, who was named man of the match, scored twice before half-time and Emmanuel Petit added a third goal in the last minute. The match had an attendance in the region of 75,000. On their way to the final, defending champions Brazil, coached by their former player Mário Zagallo, recorded victories over Scotland (2–1) and Morocco (3–0) to top their group with 6 points from three matches, suffering a surprise 2–1 defeat at the hands of Norway in their final group game. After a 4–1 win over Chile and a 3–2 success against Denmark, they reached the final with a penalty shoot-out victory over the Netherlands. As for France, they won their three group matches and defeated Paraguay in the knockout stages on golden goals. They had a penalty-shootout with Italy in the quarter-finals, and defeated recently formed Croatia to reach the final. The match also saw speculation on the condition of the Brazilian striker Ronaldo, who suffered a convulsive fit on the eve of the match. After initially being left out of the team sheet, in spite of his physical state, it was announced just 72 minutes before kick-off that he was going to play. In the match, he sustained an injury in a clash with French goalkeeper Fabien Barthez. Although it was believed that the decision to play Ronaldo had backfired, it was understandable as the player had been a crucial member of the side throughout the tournament, having scored four goals and created three more. For Brazil, this marked only the second time that they had lost a World Cup final, following their 2–1 upset loss to Uruguay in the de facto final of the 1950 FIFA World Cup. The 3–0 scoreline was also Brazil’s previous largest loss at any World Cup match prior to their 7–1 loss to Germany in the semifinals of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.


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Fifa World Cup “FRANCE 98”


France vs Brazil


Match Worn Shirts


Deschamps Didier


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Fifa World Cup “FRANCE 98”


France vs Brazil


Player’s Warm Up Shirt 


Things to Know:

This shirt was made for the team together with some other models of polo shirts before the World Cup Final. It is the regular shirt that the used for all of the World Cup period with an extra embroidery on chest. Another curious thing is that the French Federation had only few player’s shirts left in stock before the World Cup Final with the regular World Cup embroidery so just before the game there were made 2 sets of player’s shirts with “FIFA WORLD CUP FRANCE 98” printed on chest and not embroidered. The shirt that were used for the game were embroidered but player’s extra sets were iron printed. Below there are the two versions. Embroidered and printed. And both of them are considered player’s shirts.

Didier Deschamps Shirt with embroidered details

Didier Deschamps Shirt with iron printed details

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“The Cup of Life” (Spanish: La Copa de la Vida) is a song recorded by Ricky Martin. It was released on March 9, 1998, as the second single from Vuelve (1998). “The Cup of Life” became the official song of the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France and topped the charts in many countries around the world.  The music video to “The Cup of Life” was shot by Wayne Isham in 1998 in a concert in Puerto Rico and later aired in April 1998. In the video, Martin performs the song energetically before a sold out concert audience. The music video to the Spanish version of the song, known as “La Copa de la Vida”, basically consists of the performance in “The Cup of Life” video, but starts with Martin kicking a soccer ball to the screen while being filmed, presumably for the song’s video. This video is also interspersed by added scenes of the audience singing and dancing to the song, plus shots of different soccer players playing during the FIFA World Cup, which in turn are being projected onto a wall while Martin sometimes poses before it.

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Euro 2000

The 2000 UEFA European Football Championship, also known as Euro 2000, was the 11th UEFA European Football Championship, which is held every four years and organised by UEFA, association football’s governing body in Europe. The finals of Euro 2000 were co-hosted (the first time this happened) by Belgium and the Netherlands, between 10 June and 2 July 2000. Spain and Austria also bid to host the event. The final tournament was contested by 16 nations. With the exception of the national teams of the hosts, Belgium and the Netherlands, the finalists had to go through a qualifying round to reach the final stage. France won the tournament, by defeating Italy 2–1 in the final, via a golden goal. The finals saw the first major UEFA competition contested in the King Baudouin Stadium (formerly the Heysel Stadium) since the events of the 1985 European Cup Final and the Heysel Stadium disaster, with the opening game being played in the rebuilt stadium. A high-scoring tournament with many exciting matches and a very high standard of play, Euro 2000 is often named by football writers as one of the greatest-ever international tournaments.

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Euro 2000


France vs Portugal


Match Worn Shirt


Candela Vincent


Did you Know?

For France, Candela was capped 40 times between 1996 and 2003, scoring five goals. His playing time was often limited by Bixente Lizarazu, but he did play in one match during France’s 1998 FIFA World Cup triumph on home soil. During France’s triumphant Euro 2000 campaign, Candela played two matches, both as a starter. He also played for France at the 1996 Summer Olympic Games, and at the 2002 FIFA World Cup.

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France-Portugal was the first of the Euro 2000 semi-finals. It ended in a controversy after France beat Portugal in sudden-death extra-time with a penalty from Zinedine Zidane awarded on the say-so of a Slovakian linesman. With the match six minutes away from a penalty shootout Igor Sramka drew the Austrian referee Günter Benko’s attention to what he saw as a handball by Abel Xavier, Portugal’s Everton right-back, who appeared to drop his left hand to intercept a narrow-angle shot from Sylvain Wiltord by the near post.Play was delayed by at least three minutes as Portugal, their players and bench, raged at Benkö and Sramka. Luis Figo appeared to have left the scene in disgust, taking off his shirt, but returned seconds before Zidane drove the ball into the roof of the net and France to Rotterdam for the Final against Italy.

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Euro 2000


France vs Portugal


Match Worn Shorts


Candela Vincent


FRANCE NATIONAL TEAM


EURO 2000


France vs Italy


Match Worn Shirt


Djorkaeff Youri

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Djorkaeff accumulated 82 caps and scored 28 goals for France at senior level between 1993 and 2002. Other than the two major tournaments he won with the national side – the 1998 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2000 – Djorkaeff also played for his country in UEFA Euro 1996 and the 2002 FIFA World Cup.

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The UEFA Euro 2000 Final was a football match played on 2 July 2000 at Feijenoord Stadion in Rotterdam, Netherlands, to determine the winner of UEFA Euro 2000. France won the match, defeating Italy 2–1. Marco Delvecchio gave Italy the lead in the 55th minute and they held on until the final minute of injury time, when Sylvain Wiltord crashed a low drive past Italian keeper Francesco Toldo to take the game into extra time. France won the game just before half-time in extra-time when Robert Pirès cut the ball back for David Trezeguet to fire the golden goal and win the tournament for France.

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The 2001 FIFA Confederations Cup Final was a football match to determine the winners of the 2001 FIFA Confederations Cup. The match was held at Yokohama International Stadium, Yokohama, Japan, on 10 June 2001 and was contested by Japan and France. France won the match 1–0 with the only goal coming after thirty minutes when Patrick Vieira headed in over the advancing keeper Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi from the edge of the penalty area after a long pass from Frank Leboeuf in midfield.

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Confederation Cup 2002


France vs Japan


Match Worn Shirt


Henry Thierry


Things to Know:

Usually all of the France team’s shirts had the match details embroidered on chest. So it was for the Confederation Cup 2001 as well. But only for the Final game the team didn’t have the match details under the FFF logo but it only had a more generic “COUPE DES CONFEDERATIONS COREE JAPON 2001″without any match details.


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Scotland vs France


1999/2000


Match Worn & Signed Shirt


Desailly Marcel


Things to Know:

This shirt was worn by Marcel Desailly during the friendly game between Scotland and France which took place in Glasgow, Hampden Park, on March 29th 2000. France defeated Scotland 2-0. The shirt is still unwashed as visible from the recognizable stains on the chest and it was given by the player to a friend of him, who we got it from. The shirt is signed and dedicated. 

Did you Know?

Desailly has often said that he feels totally French and while having ties with Ghana, never even considered playing for a country other than France. This stance was restated in his autobiography, published in 2002. He made his international debut in 1993, but was not established as a first choice defender until 1996. He was an important part of the French team which won the 1998 FIFA World Cup, albeit being sent off in the final match. Like other team members, he was appointed a Chevalier of the Légion d’honneur in 1998. Two years later success continued, as France won Euro 2000. After the tournament, Desailly was made captain of the national team, following the retirement of Didier Deschamps. In 2001, he led France to victory in the Confederations Cup. In April 2003, Desailly surpassed the record for the number of appearances for the French team, a number which eventually reached 116 when he announced his retirement from international football following 2004 UEFA European Football Championship. However, that record was broken during the 2006 FIFA World Cup by Lilian Thuram.