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FEBRUARY / MARCH 1998

VOLUME 8 / NUMBER 2

OFFICIAL BULLETIN Of THE CONFEDERATION OF NORTH, CENTRAL AMERICAN & CARIBBEAN ASSOCIATION FOOTBALL

The perfect CONCACAF Gold Cup.


With 362,595 spectators, 800 members
of the media, ten competitive teams
and dignitaries from around the world,
including FIFA President Dr. Joao
Havelange, there was only one unwelcome visitor. El Nio.
Torrential rain from El Nios
path poured down on all three Gold
Cup sites, Miami, Oakland and Los
Angeles, with water standing inches
deep causing the postponement of
the Jamaica vs El Salvador Group 1
match.
But the number of spectators
was a Gold Cup record and the results
were outstanding from CONCACAFs
point of view.
While the eventual triumph
was Mexicos, with a 1-0 win over the
USA in the final - played in front of a
sold-out 91,255 crowd plus more than
6,000 in front of a giant TV screen in
the adjoining arena plus a TV audience
in more than 70 countries - the earlier
games were also a triumph for many.
The outstanding feat was the
1-0 victory of the USA over Brazil in
their semifinal, the first by the USA
over Brazil and their first goal against
Brazil in 68 years. Preki scored the
goal; Kasey Kellers goalkeeping
made him the Gold Cup MVP and
caused Brazils Romario to say it was
the greatest goalkeeping display he
had ever seen.
But not far behind was the
success of Jamaica, holding Brazil to a
0-0 draw in their Group 1 game and
then losing only in overtime in the

1998 PAM/ISI

CONCACAF
Gold Cup IV

Mexico defeated the USA, 1-0, to win the 1998 CONCACAF GOLD CUP

semifinal to Mexico, 1-0, to a headed


goal by Luis Hernandez; the man destined to repeat with his goal in the
Final itself.
Notable, too, was the performance of
Guatemala in drawing 1-1 with Brazil
in Miami, a magnificent feat by one of
CONCACAFs non-qualifiers for the
World Cup. Guatemala gained further
credit in losing 3-2 to Jamaica in one
of the best of many good games in the
tournament.
Notable, too, was the arrival
of Cuba at an event of this high standard. Although Cuba lost both group

games, the experience must be of great


benefit to them in the future as they
try to keep pace with the ever-improving standards in CONCACAF. The
same can be said, obviously, for all
those who took part but could not stop
the four World Cup-bound teams from
advancing to the semifinals and the
final placings:
1. Mexico
2. USA
3. Brazil
4. Jamaica
And so to France.

CONCACAF EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE


Jack Austin Warner
President
Lisle Austin - Barbados
Vice-President, Caribbean Zone
Rafael Salguero - Guatemala
Vice-President, Central Zone
Alan Rothenberg - U.S.A.
Vice-President, North Zone
Anthony James - Jamaica
Member, Caribbean Zone
Sergio Torres - El Salvador
Member, Central Zone
Hugo Kiese - Mexico
Member, North Zone
Chuck Blazer
General Secretary

CONCACAF REPRESENTATIVES TO FIFA


Jack Austin Warner

FIFA Vice-President

Issac Sasso Sasso Executive Committee Member


Chuck Blazer

Executive Committee Member

CONCACAF HEADQUARTERS
Office of the General Secretary
725 Fifth Avenue, Trump Tower, 17th Floor
New York, NY 10022
Phone: 1-212-308-0044 Fax: 1-212-308-1851

Office of the President


Jack Austin Warner
Edward and Oxford Street, Port of Spain,
Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
Phone: 1-868-625-9611 Fax: 1-868-625-9609
concacaf@cariblink.net

Office of the Deputy General Secretary


CONCACAF/UNCAF Headquarters
Oscar Thamar Torres
15 Avenida A 20-07, Zona 13, P.O. Box 916
Guatemala City, Guatemala C.A.
Phone: 1-502-361-6996 Fax: 1-502-361-5577
concacaf@quetzal.net

Office of the Deputy General Secretary


CONCACAF/CFU Headquarters
Harold Taylor
131 Eastern Main Road, Arouca, Trinidad W.I.
Phone: 1-809-646-5753 Fax: 1-809-646-4076
cfu@wow.net

CONCACAF NEWS
Published at Office of the General Secretary
Editor
Dan Herbst
Art Director
Michael Maselli
Photography
ALL SPORT USA
Translation
Victoria Poslonocec
Production
Nino Bussani
Miguel Rivera

The
Presidents
Message
It is difficult to imagine a more exciting start to 1998 and my
greetings to you all are full of pride.
While this is, of course, the year of the World Cup, 1998 is
already firmly established as the year in which the Gold Cup, our Gold
Cup, became recognized throughout the world as a tournament of major
importance.
Those who were in Miami and Los Angeles and Oakland will not
forget the crowds and the atmosphere which surrounded the games. The
details are reported elsewhere in this Newsletter but superimposed over
and around every detail was the story of success.
Success, first of all, for our teams. All of them showed improved
standards but, of course, the major praise must go to Guatemala and
Jamaica, who drew with the world champions Brazil; to the USA, who
beat Brazil for the first time and to Mexico, who won the Gold Cup for
the third successive time.
Success, in the extent of interest from fans at all three sites, and
only the terrible rains of El Nino stopped the total attendance from soaring above 400,000.
Success, too, in the work of our marketing partners Inter/Forever
Sports, who were able to provide telecasts of the games throughout our
region and, in the USA, on both English and Spanish language networks
as well as to more than 60 countries world wide.
Thus a world audience saw our crowds, our standards, our champions Mexico and our MVP, the US goalkeeper Kasey Keller. We should
all be proud of their achievements.
Of course, 1998 came fast on the back of the World Cup qualifying year of 1997 when, after many tough and enthralling battles, we produced Jamaica, Mexico and the USA as our qualifiers. Their continued
success in the Gold Cup almost makes us forget how rapidly and brilliantly Jamaica climbed from nowhere to become the first team from the
English-speaking Caribbean to reach the World Cup finals.
For a nation with minimal resources, inadequate facilities and
such a small population of footballers, it is a landmark achievement.
Altogether, we in CONCACAF have much to be thankful for and
much to be proud of. All the more reason for us to consider how much
more we can now achieve.
Respectfully Submitted,

Jack A. Warner

Final 1998 GOLD CUP Standings and Results


GROUP 1

GP

GF

GA

Jamaica
Brazil
Guatemala
El Salvador

3
3
3
3

2
1
0
0

0
0
1
2

1
2
2
1

5
5
3
0

2
1
4
6

GROUP 2

GP

GF

GA

2
2
2

2
1
0

0
1
2

0
0
0

6
5
1

2
3
5

GROUP 3

GP

GF

GA

PTS

USA
Costa Rica
Cuba

2
2
2

2
1
0

0
1
2

0
0
0

5
8
2

1
4
10

6
3
0

Mexico
Trinidad-Tobago
Honduras

PTS

7
5
2
1
PTS

6
3
0

First Round
Date
Feb 1 Sunday
Feb 1 Sunday
Feb 1 Sunday
Feb 3 Tuesday
Feb 4 Wednesday
Feb 4 Wednesday
Feb 5 Thursday
Feb 7 Saturday
Feb 7 Saturday
Feb 8 Sunday
Feb 8 Sunday
Feb 9 Monday

Match
El Salvador 0, Guatemala 0
Honduras 1, Trinidad/Tobago 3
USA 3, Cuba 0
Brazil 0, Jamaica 0
Costa Rica 7, Cuba 2
Mexico 4, Trinidad/Tobago 2
Brazil 1, Guatemala 1
USA 2, Costa Rica 1
Mexico 2, Honduras 0
Jamaica 3, Guatemala 2
Brazil 4, El Salvador 0
Jamaica 2, El Salvador 0

Site
LA Coliseum
Oakland Coliseum
Oakland Coliseum
Miami Orange Bowl
Oakland Coliseum
Oakland Coliseum
Miami Orange Bowl
Oakland Coliseum
Oakland Coliseum
LA Coliseum
LA Coliseum
LA Coliseum

Date
Feb 10 Tuesday
Feb 12 Thursday

Semifinals
Match
USA 1, Brazil 0
Mexico 1, Jamaica 0 OT

Site
LA Coliseum
LA Coliseum

Date
Feb 15 Sunday
Feb 15 Sunday

Third Place/Finals
Match
Brazil 1, Jamaica 0
Mexico 1, USA 0

Site
LA Coliseum
LA Coliseum

Final crowd: 91,255. Tournament crowd total: 362,595.


MVP: Kasey Keller, USA - 32 votes; Edmundo, Brazil - 30 votes; Preki, USA - 27 votes.
Golden Eleven: Goal Keeper: Keller USA, Defenders: Claudio Suarez, Mexico; Eddie
Pope, USA; Ze Maria, Brazil; Ramon Ramirez, Mexico; Midfielders: Preki, USA; Paul Hall,
Jamaica; Cuauhemoc Blanco, Mexico; Forwards: Edmundo, Brazil; Paulo C. Wanchope,
Costa Rica; Romario, Brazil.
Top Strikers: Paulo C. Wanchope, Costa Rica- 4 goals; Luis Hernandez, Mexico - 4 goals;
Romario, Brazil - 3 goals; Seven others tied with 2 goals.
Third Gold Cup championship in a row for Mexico.

GOLD CUP MVP Kasey Keller, USA

Executive
Committee
Meeting
The holding of Draws and
the naming of host venues for
CONCACAF qualifying for the 1999
Under-20 and Under-17 World
Championships highlighted an
Executive Committee meeting in
Port of Spain, Trinidad on November
24. Tabled was consideration of participation in the 1999 Pan-American
Games in Winnipeg, Canada until a
report is received from the
Organizing Committee.
Qualifying action will feature two groups of four teams apiece
playing three doubleheaders. U-17
groups are El Salvador (host) with
Canada, Mexico, and a Caribbean
team in one division while Jamaica
(host) will be matched with the USA
and two Central American hopefuls.
Both group winners will advance to
New Zealand with a play-off
between the teams finishing in second spots to be held in October to
decide who earns CONCACAFs
third berth.
Trinidad & Tobago and
Guatemala will be the sites for
Novembers U-20 action. Canada,
the USA, and a Central American
nation will be in Trinidad while
Guatemala will host Mexico and a
team apiece from Central America
and the Caribbean. The top two
teams from each group will advance
to Nigeria.

1997 IN
z

Cruz Azul successfully


defended the CONCACAF
Champions Cup with a 5-3 victory
over the USAs Los Angeles Galaxy
at Washington, DCs RFK Stadium
in August. After falling behind 2-0,
the Mexicans rallied with goals in a
five-minute span from Benjamin
Galindo, Joahan Rodriguez, and
Nector Adomaitis. Carlos
Hermosillo completed the scoring
in the 62nd and 66th minutes.
z It was a big year for Cruz
Azuls star striker. Hermosillo was
the leading marksman in the final
stages of CONCACAF World Cup
qualifying. His dramatic14th score
for his club was a golden goal that
came from the penalty spot while
bleeding to give Cruz Azul the
Torneo Invierno championship with
a 2-1 win over Leon. It was Cruz
Azuls first domestic title since
1980.

Looking back
at an exciting
football year

REVIEW
Mexico working its way to the FIFA World Cup in France 1998

Guillermo Canedo
z CONCACAF and Mexican
soccer lost one of its great leaders
when Guillermo Canedo passed away
on January 20th. Mr. Canedo served
as a FIFA Vice-President from 1962
until his death and was a key figure
in his Country having successfully
hosted the World Cups of 1970 and
1986. Considered CONCACAFs
founding father, Mr. Canedo left
behind his wife, Monica, and their
four children. He was 76.

U.S.A.s Eric Wynalda

z Timely scoring by Deon


Burton and air-tight defending at
home allowed surprising Jamaica to
join favorites Mexico and the USA
as CONCACAFs representatives in
the 1998 World Cup. Despite a slow
start, including a one-sided loss in
Mexico, Jamaica earned three subsequent 1-0 home wins and gained
three road draws in five attempts.
Mexicos advancement was
rarely in question. CONCACAFs
only undefeated team during the
Hexigonal produced several dominating home performances and
earned seven points from five away
matches. Hermosillo was well supported with Benjamin Galindo
notching five goals as Mexico outscored its rivals by 23-7.
Kasey Keller and Brad
Friedel were beaten only seven
times in 855 minutes as the USA
gained two draws with Mexico and
earned six road points for the right
to play in their third straight World
Cup. Ten Americans found the
scoresheet, led by Eric Wynalda
with three goals.
z FIFA awarded the right to
host the 2001 Under-17 World Youth
Championships to Trinidad and
Tobago. The unanimous vote of
FIFAs Executive Committee followed yeoman work by CONCACAF President Jack Austin Warner
to bring the event to the Caribbean.
Meanwhile, US Soccer President
Alan Rothenberg announced ambitious plans to transform the 1999
Womens World Cup into a major
event by holding doubleheaders in
major stadia. The Final was awarded
to California's Rose Bowl, the site
of the mens title game in 1994.
z Mexico, Canada, and the
USA reached the round of 16 at the
FIFA World Youth (Under-20)
Championships in Malaysia in June.
Costa Rica also participated. But the
news wasnt as positive at the
Under-17 level in Egypt three
months later as winning one of three
groups games apiece wasnt enough
for Mexico and the USA to move
on, while Costa Rica failed to gain
any points.

z For the sixth time in eight


attempts, Trinidad and Tobago captured the Shell/Umbro Cup. Peter
Prosper scored twice in the second
half as T & T overwhelmed St.
Kitts/Nevis, 4-0, in the Final.
Marvin Andrews and Jerren Nixon
were on target in the first half hour
for the winners only three days after
Trinidad had defeated Jamaica in the
semi-final in a penalty kick tiebreaker after the teams had played to
a 1-1 draw.

Cruz Azuls Carlos Hermosillo


z
CONCACAF and Inter/
Forever signed a four-year television
contract. The eight-figure deal grants
the Miami-based organization the right
to air several major events, highlighted
by the Champions Cup, the Gold Cup,
and Olympic qualifying.

World Cup
Qualifying

El Salvador-Jamaica (2-2):
Needing a home win to pull level on
points with a superior goal differential to their guests, El Salvador
instead required a late goal just to
avoid defeat. Minus the skills of playmaker Mauricio Cienfuegos due to a
yellow card suspension, El Salvador
nevertheless managed to score first on
a diving header from four yards out
by Nildenson Silva de Mello in the
47th minute. But Jamaicas Deon
Burton equalized by looping a badangle header over goalkeeper Raul
Garcia in the 51st minute for his
fourth qualifying goal.
With the home team pushing
forward to try to net the winner,
Jamaicas Paul Hall intercepted an
errant back pass 70 yards from El
Salvadors goal. Streaking down the

Inspired road performances


on November ninth claimed a World
Cup berth for the USA and all but
assured Jamaica of a spot in France
(official confirmation came one week
later). As impressive as was Costa
Ricas come-from-behind 3-3 draw in
Mexico, it mathematically ended their
hopes while clinching Mexicos qualification.
Mexico - Costa Rica (3-3):
Jafet Soto and Paulo Cesar Wanchope
led Costa Rica back from a 3-1 deficit
to gain a morale victory at Canedo
Stadium after Mexico had taken the
lead in dramatic fashion on a first
minute bad-angle rocket of a volley

Final CONCACAF 1998 World Cup Qualifying


*Mexico
*USA
*Jamaica
Costa Rica
El Salvador
Canada

GP
10
10
10
10
10
10

W
4
4
3
3
2
1

D
6
5
5
3
4
3

L
0
1
2
4
4
6

GF
23
17
7
13
11
5

GA
7
9
12
12
16
20

GD Pts.
+16 18
+8
17
- 5
14
+1
12
-5
10
-15
6

*World Cup Qualifier

by Paulo Cesar Chavez. Benjamin


Galindo doubled the margin on a
breakaway just before halftime.
Costa Rica drew closer when
Hernan Medford roofed a six-yard
indirect free kick that resulted when
Mexican keeper Oswaldo Sanchez
was forced into handling the ball to
save an errant back pass. Substitute
Cuauhtemoc Blanco sprung Carlos
Hermosillo in the 69th minute for
Hermosillos Hexagonal-leading seventh goal. But Costa Rica again
fought back; Soto scored just 139 seconds later on a 30-yard shot and
Wanchope hit on an acrobatic 20-yard
side volley past a retreating Sanchez
after Sanchez had initially left the box
to half-clear a 50-50 ball ahead of
Wanchope.

left flank, Hall out-paced one lone


defender with his subsequent shot
deflecting in off of the far post after
eluding the on-rushing Garcia.
Meanwhile, Jamaican keeper Warren
Barrett shone. Barrett was perfectly
positioned to thwart de Mellos 12yard volley in the 86th minute after a
great Raul Diaz Arce pass and he also
tipped a 16-yard shot over the bar.
Elias Montes late equalizer only
delayed the inevitable.
Canada-USA (0-3):
Claudio Reyna and the revitalized
Roy Wegerle sparked only the second
road win during the Hexagonal
(Mexico had prevailed in El Salvador
by 1-0). Wegerle took a Joe-Max
Moore pass into the Canadian box,
drew out keeper Paul Dolan, and
found an unmarked Reyna for a sim-

ple spin and tap-in in the fifth minute.


Reyna returned the favor, setting
Wegerle in alone on Dolan off of an
81st-minute free kick to double the
margin with Wegerle beating the offside trap to add a third tally courtesy
of a Moore assist just seconds before
the final whistle.
Jamaica-Mexico (0-0):
By refusing to concede any goals at
home throughout the entire qualification process, Jamaica will become
only the third Caribbean nation to
appear in the World Cup. In a game
with few chances, Jamaicas Fitzroy
Simpson and Theodore Whitmore
came the closest to beating Mexican
keeper Sanchez. The road point left
Mexico atop the table.
USA-El Salvador (4-2):
Two Brian McBride goals and a Chris
Henderson tap-in gave the home team
a 3-0 lead before de Mello brought El
Salvador back on breakaways with a
goal and winning a penalty that Arce
converted. Preki Radosavljevic settled
the issue by side-footing the ball into
the visitors goal from close range in
the 82nd minute.
Costa Rica-Canada (3-1):
Richard Smith scored on a volley and
won a second-half penalty to lift
Costa Rica into fourth place. Farren
Ilhama put the home team up 2-0 by
riding off a challenge from Ian Fraser
to score in the 16th minute before
substitute Carl Fletcher gave the
Canadians hope with an 11-yard rocket only 146 seconds into the second
half. But Fletcher was sent off for his
foul on Smith in the games waning
moments with Luis Morin adding an
exclamation point from the penalty
spot for Costa Ricas third home victory of the Hexagonal.

half of the USAs 22-man roster


could have German League roots.
While an aging squad stumbled
slightly in qualifying, the Euro 96winning Germans boast a World
Cup track record that is second only
to Brazil. They have captured the
World Cup three times and have
reached the Final in four straight
chapters that were held in Europe;
having won in 1974 and 1990 while
placing second in 1966 and 1982.
Yugoslavia, traditionally an
underachiever at this level, is again
blessed with tremendous individual
talent and is playing far more cohesively than it did prior to the
breakup of the Balkans four of
Predrag Mijatovics 14 qualifying
goals helped secure a 5-0 win in
Belgrade over Hungary after a 7-1
away triumph virtually clinched a
Cup berth.
The political overtones of the USAIran game assure the Americans of a
highly- motivated opponent.

(continued from back page)


Argentina are led by striker Gabriel
Batistuta, who again is tearing up
Italys Serie A this season. Coach
Daniel Passarella will guide one of
only four nations to have won 25
World Cup matches. Japan,slated to
be co-hosts in 2002, will be appearing in its first World Cup.
Mexicos 11th trip to the globes
top sporting event opens in Lyons
with a must-win game against South
Korea, which has but two draws to
show for its 11 matches in four
prior Cup appearances. At absolute
minimum, a subsequent tie with
Belgium would suffice Striker Luc
Nilis netted the goal against the
Irish to secure Belgiums fifth
straight Cup ticket. Having breezed
through qualifying, Holland is
among the favorites. Star forward
Dennis Bergcamp will lead the
Dutch.
Led by Claudio Reyna, Eric
Wynalda, and Thomas Dooley, up to

Goalkeeping
Clinic
CONCACAF is pleased to
announce that the second edition of
the FIFA/CONCACAF Goalkeeping
Academy will be held at the
CONCACAF Centre of Excellence
in Trinidad on dates to be
announced. The seminar is to be
aimed at national goalkeeping
coaches and will be conducted by
FIFA Staff Coach Lincoln Phillips.
A former pro player, Mr.
Phillips played four seasons in the
old North American Soccer League.
He posted 14 career shutouts and
earned first team all-star recognition
while with Washington in 1970.
Having retired following the 1975
season, he became an internationally-respected coach and clinician.
Mr. Phillips operates the Marylandbased Top Flight Goalkeeping
Academy.

17Saint-Etienne

17 Montpellier

23 Saint-Denis

ITA
V
CHI

CHI
V
AUT

ITA
V
CMR

ITA
V
AUT

18 Saint-Denis

18 Toulouse

FRA
V
KSA

RSA
V
DEN

12

Lens

12

KSA
V
DEN
12 Montpellier

13

PAR
V
BGR
13 Saint-Denis

13

Lyon

ROM
V
COL
14

Lens

JAM
V
HRV

19

Lyon

15

Paris

20

Marsaille

21

ARG
V
JPN

Marsaille

Lens

24

24

ESP
V
PAR
20 Bordeaux

Lyon

Lens

25

Paris

25 Montpellier

GER
V
IRN

22 Montpellier

22 Toulouse

26 Saint-Denis

COL
V
TUN

ROM
V
ENG

ROM
V
TUN

Nantes

JPN
V
HRV

20

Paris

ARG
V
JAM

26

Lyon

JPN
V
JAM

Nantes

CHI
V
CMR
24 Bordeaux

RSA
V
KSA
24 Toulouse

NGA
V
PAR
25Saint-Etienne

BEL
V
KOR

USA
V
IRN

20

23

ESP
V
BGR

BEL
V
MEX
21

Lyon

Marsaille

BRA
V
NOR

FRA
V
DEN

GER
V
YUG

ENG
V
TUN
14 Toulouse

19Saint-Etienne

HOL
V
KOR

GER
V
USA
15

Paris

NGA
V
BGR

KOR
V
MEX

YUG
V
IRN
15

Nantes

NGA
V
ESP

HOL
V
BEL
14Saint-Etienne

Marsaille

FRA
V
RSA

23

HOL
V
MEX
25

Nantes

USA
V
YUG
26

Lens

COL
V
ENG
26 Bordeaux

ARG
V
HRV

GROUP

11 Bordeaux

Toulouse

CMR
V
AUT

23Saint-Etienne

GROUP

SCO
V
MOR

Nantes

GROUP

BRA
V
MOR

11

16

GROUP

SCO
V
NOR

GROUP

16 Montpellier

MOR
V
NOR

GROUP

10 Montpellier

SCO
V
BRA

GROUP

10Saint-Etienne

GROUP

June 1998 - First Round WORLD CUP Schedule

A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H

BRA
MOR
NOR
SCO

Brazil
Morocco
Norway
Scotland

AUT
CHI
CMR
ITA

Australia
Chile
Cameroon
Italy

DEN
FRA
KSA
RSA

Denmark
France
Saudi Arabia
South Africa

BGR
ESP
NGA
PAR

Bulgaria
Spain
Nigeria
Paraguay

BEL
HOL
KOR
MEX

Belgium
Holland
Korea
Mexico

GER
IRN
USA
YUG

Germany
Iran
USA
Yugoslavia

COL
ENG
ROM
TUN

Colombia
England
Romania
Tunisia

ARG
HRV
JAM
JPN

Argentina
Croatia
Jamaica
Japan

World Cup
Draw
The Draw that was held in
Marseilles in December has buoyed
hopes of the smallest nation in the 32team field to join the 1990 Costa
Ricans as the only CONCACAF representatives to advance beyond the
group stage of a World Cup played on
European soil.
(Mexico got to the quarterfinals at
home in 1970 and 1986 and reached
the round of 16 with the hosting USA
in 1994. Some 64 years earlierthe
Americans won their group to earn a
semifinal round berth in the inaugural
World Cup in Uruguay that featured
but thirteen teams)
Jamaica, with 2.4 million inhabitants, were placed in the only division
with but one European entrant. The
Reggae Boyz will face Croatia,
Argentina, and long-shots Japan in
Group H. CONCACAF qualifying
winners Mexico must tackle Group E

rivals South Korea, Belgium, and the


Netherlands while the USA has
intriguing Group F showdowns with
Germany, Yugoslavia, and Iran.
Having enlarged the tournament
from 24 to 32 teams, FIFA made
advancement more challenging.
Whereas in the three most recent
World Cups two-thirds of the field
reached the knockout phase (the top
two teams in each of six groups plus
the top four of the third-place finishers), now only the best two teams in
the eight groups will move forward.
Teams finishing first will then play
the runner-up in the neighboring
group. Thus, in the round of 16 the
Group A winner will play the secondplace team in Group B while Group
Bs winner will face the second-place
team in Group A.
Mexico and the USA could renew
their rivalry at that stage. If Jamaica
advances its opponent will come from
Group G where favored England
squares off with Romania, Colombia,

and Tunisia.
The Draws format seeded defending champion Brazil and hosting
France as well as six teams based on a
formula that balanced FIFA rankings
(40%) and the results of the World
Cups of 1994 (30%), 1990 (20%), and
1986 (10%). The remaining teams
were primarily split along geographic
lines with a provision that assured
that no more than two European
teams could be in any group. The
placement of the three CONCACAF
and five African teams into one bowl
assured that they would be kept apart
during group play.
While London bookmakers have
put big numbers next to Jamaica, the
islanders are no strangers to beating
long odds. Their key game figures to
be against a Croatian team that
features several stars on top European
club teams. Group heavyweights

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