10 June ~ Continuing with our 25 years of WSC retrospective, we take a look back at a preview of France's chances at the World Cup in 1998. In a piece published in February of that year in WSC 132, Neil McCarthy found a very pessimistic host nation

There are two main advantages in being the World Cup’s host nation: automatic qualification and playing at home. France, however, appear to be turning them both into disadvantages. After 18 months of lacklustre friendly matches, the French players are finding it increasingly difficult to perform to a background of boos and whistling from their own supporters. Read the full article

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