Suker Tops FIFA's All-Star Team
Friday, July 10, 1998; 6:34 a.m. EDT
PARIS Davor Suker, who led Croatia into the semifinals and tied for the tournament scoring lead with five goals, topped a list of 16 players announced today on the World Cup's all-star team.
Finalists Brazil and France each placed four members on the team, with two-time FIFA Player of the Year Ronaldo joining Suker as one of four strikers.
Dutchman Dennis Bergkamp and Denmark's Brian Laudrup were the other two selected for the front line.
Brazilians Rivaldo and Dunga were among the five midfielders, along with France's Zinedine Zidane, the Netherlands' Edgar Davids and Denmark's Michael Laudrup.
Frenchmen Marcel Desailly and Lilian Thuram, whose two goals Wednesday put the hosts into Sunday's final, topped the list of five defenders. They were joined by Frank de Boer of the Netherlands and Paraguay's Carlos Gamarra.
Fabien Barthez of France and Jose Luis Chilavert of Paraguay were the goalies.
Dutch goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar; midfielders Jay-Jay Okocha of Nigeria and Juan Veron of Argentina; and strikers Thierry Henry of France, Michael Owen of England and Italy's Christian Vieri wre picked as reserves.
The squad was chosen from an initial list of 61 finalists during the quaterfinals, then pared down. The team was selected by FIFA's 11-member Technical Study Group and a $50,000 donation on behalf of the players will be made by sponsor MasterCard to SOS Children's Villages, FIFA's official charity.
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