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Brazil's Cafu Celebrates
(Jerry Lampen/Reuters)
Brazil Stops Scotland in Opener
Brazil opened the 1998 World Cup by edging Scotland, 2-1, on Wednesday when, in the 73rd minute, a ball played in by Brazilian defender Cafu (pictured, yellow) struck Scottish goalkeeper Jim Leighton (right) on the chest and rebounded to the shoulder of Scotland's Tommy Boyd, facing his own goal. Boyd could only look in anguish as the ball bounced back past the helpless Leighton and nestled in the back of his own net.

WILLIAM GILDEA: Brazilians Look to Win 'the Beautiful Game' With Style


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World Cup Highlights

 16th World Cup finals
 Four World Cup wins (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994)
 Runners-up in 1950
 Five Copa America wins (1919, 1922, 1949, 1989, 1997)


First-Round Schedule

Day, Time (EDT) Opponent Site TV
Wed., June 10, 11:30 a.m. Scotland Saint-Denis ESPN
Tuesday, June 16, 3 p.m.Morocco Nantes ESPN
Tuesday, June 23, 3 p.m.Norway Marseille ESPN

Complete First-Round Schedule


Roster

Pos. Name Age Club
GKClaudio Tafferel32Atletico Mineiro
GKCarlos Germano 27Vasco da Gama
GK Dida24Cruziero
DAldair32Roma
D Junior Baiano 28Flamengo
DCafu27AS Rome
DRoberto Carlos25Real Madrid
DGoncalves32Botafogo
D Ze Carlos30Sao Paulo
DZe Roberto23Flamengo
MDunga34Jubilo Iwata
MRivaldo26Barcelona
MCÚsar Sampaio28Ana Sato Kogyo
MAndre Cruz29AC Milan
MDenilson20Sao Paulo
MEmerson27Bayer Leverkusen
MDoriva27Porto
MLeonardo28AC Milan
MGiovanni28Barcelona
FRonaldo21Inter Milan
FEdmundo27Fiorentina
FBebeto34Botafogo


Road to France

Won Lost Tied GF GA
32284
How Qualified: Defending Champion
DateResult
Feb. 3, 1998Brazil 0, Jamaica 0 (CONCACAF Gold Cup)
Feb. 5, 1998Brazil 1, Guatemala 1 (CONCACAF Gold Cup)
Feb. 8, 1998Brazil 4, El Salvador 0 (CONCACAF Gold Cup)
Feb. 10, 1998United States 1, Brazil 0 (CONCACAF Gold Cup)
Feb. 15, 1998Brazil 1, Jamaica 0 (CONCACAF Gold Cup)
March 25, 1998Brazil 2, Germany 1
April 29, 1998Argentina 1, Brazil 0

Facts and Figures

Knight-Ridder/Tribune
Location: Eastern South America, bordering the Atlantic Ocean
Population: 160.7 million (1995 estimate)
Capital: Brasilia
Comparative area: Slightly smaller than the United States
Religions: Roman Catholic (nominal) 70 percent
Landscape: Mostly flat to rolling lowlands in north; some plains, hills, mountains and narrow coastal belt


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