The Associated Press
07/10/98 6:22 AM Eastern
PARIS (AP) -- 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 official 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
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
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
Fabien Barthez of France and Jose Luis Chilavert of Paraguay were the
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