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Nigeria Squad 1998

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Nigeria 1998 World Cup History

Because of the Gold medal won at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, most of the Dream Team players got an automatically call up to the Super Eagles 1998 FIFA World Cup squad.

The Nigeria squad 1998, just like the Super Eagles 1994 squad, played four games in this tournament and couldn’t go beyond the round of 16 again.

The Super Eagles started on a bad not losing to Paraguay in their opening match by three goals to one. They redeemed their image when they met Bulgaria in their second game and won by a lone goal. Nigeria did better in their first meeting with Bulgaria in USA ’94 where they won by three goals to nil.

Nigeria played their crucial last group game against ‘almighty’ Spain and to the dismay of all, the Super Eagles defeated La Roja (“The Red One”) by three goals to two.

Because of an unfinished business and the revenge mission of Brazil from the Atlanta 1996 Olympic semifinal loss to Nigeria, the Super Eagles forgot they needed to win their second-round game against Denmark if they must meet Brazil in the Quarter final. Thus, Nigeria lost woefully to Denmark by four goals to one and the 1998 FIFA World Cup came to an end for them.

1998 World Cup Results Table

Group Stage Fixtures & Results

1998-06-26

Argentina 1 – 0 Croatia

1998-06-26

Japan 1 – 2 Jamaica

1998-06-26

Colombia 0 – 2 England

1998-06-26

Romania 1 – 1 Tunisia

1998-06-25

USA 0 – 1 Yugoslavia

1998-06-25

Germany 2 – 0 Iran

1998-06-25

Netherlands 2 – 2 Mexico

1998-06-25

Belgium 1 – 1 Korea Rep.

1998-06-24

South Africa 2 – 2 Saudi Arabia

1998-06-24

Nigeria 1 – 3 Paraguay

1998-06-24

France 2 – 1 Denmark

1998-06-24

Spain 6 – 1 Bulgaria

1998-06-23

Chile 1 – 1 Cameroon

1998-06-23

Brazil 1 – 2 Norway

1998-06-23

Scotland 0 – 3 Morocco

1998-06-23

Italy 2 – 1 Austria

1998-06-22

Romania 2 – 1 England

1998-06-22

Colombia 1 – 0 Tunisia

1998-06-21

USA 1 – 2 Iran

1998-06-21

Germany 2 – 2 Yugoslavia

1998-06-21

Argentina 5 – 0 Jamaica

1998-06-20

Japan 0 – 1 Croatia

1998-06-20

Belgium 2 – 2 Mexico

1998-06-20

Netherlands 5 – 0 Korea Rep.

1998-06-19

Spain 0 – 0 Paraguay

1998-06-19

Nigeria 1 – 0 Bulgaria

1998-06-18

South Africa 1 – 1 Denmark

1998-06-18

France 4 – 0 Saudi Arabia

1998-06-17

Italy 3 – 0 Cameroon

1998-06-17

Chile 1 – 1 Austria

1998-06-16

Brazil 3 – 0 Morocco

1998-06-16

Scotland 1 – 1 Norway

1998-06-15

England 2 – 0 Tunisia

1998-06-15

Romania 1 – 0 Colombia

1998-06-15

Germany 2 – 0 USA

1998-06-14

Argentina 1 – 0 Japan

1998-06-14

Yugoslavia 1 – 0 Iran

1998-06-14

Jamaica 1 – 3 Croatia

1998-06-13

Spain 2 – 3 Nigeria

1998-06-13

Korea Rep. 1 – 3 Mexico

1998-06-13

Netherlands 0 – 0 Belgium

1998-06-12

Paraguay 0 – 0 Bulgaria

1998-06-12

France 3 – 0 South Africa

1998-06-12

Saudi Arabia 0 – 1 Denmark

1998-06-11

Italy 2 – 2 Chile

1998-06-11

Cameroon 1 – 1 Austria

1998-06-10

Morocco 2 – 2 Norway

1998-06-10

Brazil 2 – 1 Scotland

Last 16 Fixtures & Results

1998-06-30

Romania 0 – 1 Croatia

1998-06-30

Argentina 2 (4) – 2 (3) England

1998-06-29

Netherlands 2 – 1 Yugoslavia

1998-06-29

Germany 2 – 1 Mexico

1998-06-28

France 1 – 0 Paraguay

1998-06-28

Nigeria 1 – 4 Denmark

1998-06-27

Italy 1 – 0 Norway

1998-06-27

Brazil 4 – 1 Chile

Quarter Finals Fixtures & Results

1998-07-04

Netherlands 2 – 1 Argentina

1998-07-04

Germany 0 – 3 Croatia

1998-07-03

Brazil 3 – 2 Denmark

1998-07-03

Italy 0 (3) – 0 (4) France

Semi Finals Fixtures & Results

1998-07-07

France 2 – 1 Croatia

Brazil 1 (4) – 1 (2) Netherlands

3rd Place Playoff Fixtures & Results

1998-07-11

Netherlands 1 – 2 Croatia

Finals Fixtures & Results

1998-07-12

Brazil 0 – 3 France

Let’s now look at the Super Eagles lineups in all the four games Nigeria played at the 1998 World Cup.

Nigeria v Paraguay 1998 Lineup

Starting lineup:

  • Goalkeeper: Peter Rufai (captain)
  • Defenders: Augustine Eguavoen; Benedict Iroha; Uchenna Okafor; Taribo West
  • Midfielders: Garba Lawal; Sunday Oliseh; Wilson Oruma
  • Forwards: Tijana Babangida; Nwankwo Kanu; Rashidi Yekini

Oliseh was subbed in the 46th minute for Godwin Okpara and Oruma in the 69th minute for Finidi George.

Eguavoen and Iroha both saw yellow cards in the 26th minute and 39th minute of the game.

The scoreline ended as Nigeria 1-3 Paraguay and the goals were scored by Celso Ayala(1″), Miguel Angel Benitez(59″) and Jose Cardozo(86″). As for the Super Eagles, Oruma scored Nigeria’s only goal (11″).

Nigeria vs. Bulgaria 1998 Lineup

Starting lineup:

  • Goalkeeper: Peter Rufai
  • Defenders: Uche Okechukwu (captain); Taribo West; Celestine Babayaro
  • Midfielders: Mutiu Adepoju; Garba Lawal; Jay-Jay Okocha; Sunday Oliseh
  • Forwards: Finidi George; Daniel Amokachi; Victor Ikpeba

Nwankwo Kanu came in for Ikpeba in the 67th minute, Rashidi Yekini for Amokachi in the 75th minute and Tijana Babangida for Finidi in the 84th minute.

Yellow cars were shown to four Nigerian players: Adepoju(20″), Okechukwu(43″), Ikpeba(49″) and Okocha(72″).

The scoreline ended as Nigeria 1-0 Bulgaria and the only goal was scored by Ikpeba in the 27th minute.

Nigeria Vs Spain 1998 Lineup

Starting lineup:

  • Goalkeeper: Peter Rufai
  • Defenders: Uche Okechukwu (captain); Mobi Oparaku; Taribo West; Celestine Babayaro
  • Midfielders: Mutiu Adepoju; Garba Lawal; Jay-Jay Okocha; Sunday Oliseh
  • Forwards: Finidi George; Victor Ikpeba

Oparaku was subbed in the 69th minute for Rashidi Yekini, Ikpeba in the 83rd minute for Tijana Babangida and Lawal in the 90th minute for Godwin Okpara.

Uche Okechukwu was shown a yellow card in the 62nd minute.

The scoreline ended as Nigeria 3-2 Spain and the goals were scored by Mutiu Adepoju(25″), Zubizarreta (own goal 73″) and Sunday Oliseh(78″).

As for Spain, their goals came from Hierro (21″) and Raúl(47″).

Nigeria Vs Spain 1998 World Cup Full Match

See all goals and highlights below:

Nigeria Vs Denmark France 98 Lineup

Starting lineup:

  • Goalkeeper: Peter Rufai
  • Defenders: Uche Okechukwu (captain); Taribo West; Celestine Babayaro
  • Midfielders: Mutiu Adepoju; Garba Lawal; Jay-Jay Okocha; Sunday Oliseh
  • Forwards: Finidi George; Victor Ikpeba; Nwankwo Kanu

Rashidi Yekini later came in for Kanu in the 64th minute and Tijana Babangida for Lawal in the 72nd minute.

Okocha received the only yellow card in the 49th minute.

The scoreline ended as Nigeria 1-4 Denmark and the goals were scored by Peter Moller(3″), Brian Laudrup(12″), Ebbe Sand(60″) and Thomas Helveg(7″).

Babangida scored the consolation goal for Nigeria in the 78th minute.

All 1998 FIFA World Cup Goal Scorers

6 Goals

Davor Suker (Croatia)

5 Goals

Gabriel Batistuta (Argentina); Christian Vieri (Italy)

4 Goals

Luis Hernandez (Mexico); Ronaldo (Brazil); Marcelo Salas (Chile)

3 Goals

Bebeto (Brazil); Dennis Bergkamp (Netherlands); Oliver Bierhoff (Germany); Cesar Sampaio (Brazil); Thierry Henry (France); Jurgen Klinsmann (Germany); Rivaldo (Brazil)

2 Goals

Roberto Baggio (Italy); Shaun Bartlett (South Africa); Salahedine Bassir (Morocco); Phillip Cocu (Netherlands); Ronald de Boer (Netherlands); Abdeljelil Hadda (Morocco); Hierro (Spain); Patrick Kluivert (Netherlands); Slobodan Komljenovic (Yugoslavia); Brian Laudrup (Denmark); Siniša Mihajlović (Yugoslavia); Viorel Moldovan (Romania); Morientes (Spain); Ariel Ortega (Argentina); Michael Owen (England); Ricardo Pelaez (Mexico); Emmanuel Petit (France); Robert Prosinecki (Croatia); Alan Shearer (England); Lilian Thuram (France); Theo Whitmore (Jamaica); Marc Wilmots (Belgium); Zinédine Zidane (France)

1 Goal

Mutiu Adepoju (Nigeria); Yousuf Al Thunayan (Saudi Arabia); Sami Al-Jaber (Saudi Arabia); Darren Anderton (England); Celso Ayala (Paraguay); Tijana Babangida (Nigeria); David Beckham (England); Miguel Angel Benitez (Paraguay); Laurent Blanc (France); Cuauhtemoc Blanco (Mexico); Craig Burley (Scotland); Jose Cardozo (Paraguay); John Collins (Scotland); Edgar Davids (Netherlands); Luigi Di Biagio (Italy); Youri Djorkaeff (France); Christophe Dugarry (France); Robbie Earle (Jamaica); Dan Eggen (Norway); Hamid Estili (Iran); Håvard Flo (Norway); Tore André Flo (Norway); Alberto Garcia Aspe (Mexico); Mustapha Hadji (Morocco); Thomas Helveg (Denmark); Andreas Herzog (Austria); Victor Ikpeba (Nigeria); Adrian Ilie (Romania); Robert Jarni (Croatia); Martin Jørgensen (Denmark); Kiko (Spain); Emil Kostadinov (Bulgaria); Michael Laudrup (Denmark); Bixente Lizarazu (France); Claudio Lopez (Argentina); Luis Enrique (Spain); Mehdi Mahdavikia (Iran); Patrick Mboma (Cameroon); Brian McBride (USA); Benni McCarthy (South Africa); Andreas Möller (Germany); Peter Møller (Denmark); Mashshi Nakayama (Japan); Allan Nielsen (Denmark); Luc Nilis (Belgium); Pierre Njanka (Cameroon); Sunday Oliseh (Nigeria); Wilson Oruma (Nigeria); Marc Overmars (Netherlands); Dan Petrescu (Romania); Mauricio Pineda (Argentina); Toni Polster (Austria); Leider Calimenio Preciado (Colombia); Raúl (Spain); Kjetil Rekdal (Norway); Marc Rieper-Jonsen (Denmark); Ebbe Sand (Denmark); YOO Sang-chul (Korea Republic); Paul Scholes (England); HA Seok-Ju (Korea Republic); Jose Luis Sierra (Chile); Skander Souayah (Tunisia); Mario Stanić (Croatia); Dragan Stojković (Yugoslavia); David Trézéguet (France); Pierre van Hooijdonk (Netherlands); Ivica Vastić (Austria); Goran Vlaović (Croatia); Javier Zanetti (Argentina)

France World Cup 1998 Mascot

The name of the 1998 World Cup mascot is “Footix”. Footix was an allusion to the popular cartoon character Asterix. The mascot was a rooster, one of the national symbols of France. It has the words “FRANCE 98” on its chest, with its body mostly blue, like the host’s national team shirt.

The logo is rendered in French national colours and shows the football rising over France on the Earth’s horizon as if it is the sun.

Nigeria 1998 World Cup Squad Names

Goalkeepers

Jersey

Name

Club

DOB

22

Abiodun Baruwa

FC Sion

11/16/1974

12

Willy Okpara

Orlando Pirates

5/7/1968

1

Peter Rufai

Deportivo La Coruña

8/24/1963

Defenders

3

Celestine Babayaro

Chelsea FC

8/29/1978

17

Augustine Eguavoen

Torpedo Moskva

8/19/1965

19

Ben Iroha

Elche CF

11/29/1969

16

Uche Okafor

Kansas City Wizards

8/8/1967

5

Uche Okechukwu

Fenerbahçe

9/27/1967

21

Godwin Okpara

RC Strasbourg

9/20/1972

2

Mobi Oparaku

KFC Turnhout

12/1/1976

6

Taribo West

Inter

3/26/1974

Midfielders

8

Mutiu Adepoju

Real Sociedad

12/22/1970

11

Garba Lawal

Roda JC Kerkrade

5/22/1974

10

Jay Jay Okocha

Fenerbahçe

8/14/1973

15

Sunday Oliseh

AFC Ajax

9/14/1974

18

Wilson Oruma

RC Lens

12/30/1976

Forwards

14

Daniel Amokachi

Beşiktaş

12/30/1972

13

Tijjani Babangida

AFC Ajax

9/25/1973

7

Finidi George

Real Betis

4/15/1971

20

Victor Ikpeba

AS Monaco

6/12/1973

4

Nwankwo Kanu

Inter

8/1/1976

9

Rashidi Yekini

FC Zürich

10/23/1963

Manager

Bora Milutinović

9/7/1944

Those are all the Nigeria Squad 1998 that featured at that Worle Cup. Though Bora Milutinović was the Super Eagles manager to that Mundial, he wasn’t the coach that qualified Nigeria for the competition. Philippe Troussier did that job.

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