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Sunday, May 3, 1998 Published at 17:40 GMT 18:40 UK

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Radio 5 Live's France 98 Coverage
Radio 5 Live has allocated a significant tranche of its schedule to the World Cup this Summer. The station will carry full commentary of up to 50 of the 64 World Cup matches that will take place in France. Radio 5 Live's output will include commentary on all England and Scotland games, full coverage of all the other big clashes and match reports on every other match.
Platini - legend on and off the pitch
Michel Platini is the only man to have captained France to a major honour. Now he is working hard to ensure his country has a successful World Cup - off the pitch.
England can't rely on lady luck
Trevor Brooking warns England that they must learn from Euro 96 if they want to succeed in France.
Uruguay 1930
The inaugural World Cup was held in 1930. Uruguay, the Olympic champions were given the honour of hosting the tournament which was invitation-only.
USA 1994
The USA surprised many by being excellent hosts. None of the Home Nations were there so UK interest was in Jack Charlton's Ireland. But for one Colombian, an own-goal meant more than just defeat - it meant murder.
Italy 1990
Cameroon provided the colour, Pavoritti sang his heart out and Gascoigne turned on the waterworks. Germany emerged as champions with Argentina branded the party-poopers.
Mexico 1986
Argentina's Diego Maradona made the headlines. His "hand of God" knocked out England. But he was also a genius with the ball at his feet.
Sweden 1958
Several new faces made their debuts in the 1958 World Cup. One was a cheeky 17-year-old called Pele. At last, this was Brazil's year.
World Cup History
A look back at each of the World Cups from the inaugural tournament held in Uruguay in 1930, to the commercial phenomenon of USA 1994.
Switzerland 1954
Hot favourites Hungary did not disappoint in 1954. The Magical Magyars went goal crazy as they bulldozed through the tournament. Then it suddenly went wrong.
Spain 1982
Italy are crowned champions for the third time with Paulo Rossi returning from bribery scandal to shoot them home. Another villain turned hero is West German goalkeeper Harald Schumacher after his team's thrilling semi-final win over France.
Brazil 1950
After a 12-year break because of World War II, the action switched to Brazil. The hosts expected to win in front of 200,000 fans, but it was not to be.
France 1938
The last World Cup before war broke out was held in Europe in an effort to show harmony among the nations. Unfortunately nobody told the players.
Mexico 1970
With some major forces failing to qualify, Brazil turned on the style to become the first team to win the title three times. They were given the Jules Rimet trophy to keep.
England 1966
England's World Cup victory in 1966 made Geoff Hurst a national hero, but nobody knows for sure if the ball really crossed the line. Pele limped off and Portugal's Eusebio was the outstanding player.
Italy 1934
Italian dictator Benito Mussolini saw the 1934 World Cup as a chance to spread his fascist propaganda, casting a shadow over the tournament.
Argentina 1978
Politics and dubious referreeing played a huge part in the 1978 World Cup. Hosts Argentina came out on top but Scotland were made to eat humble pie.
Germany 1974
West Germany overcame an embarrassing defeat by their neighbours to the east to become world champions for the second time. But the squabbles lasted beyond the final.
Chile 1962
It got hot in Chile. The tournament was marred by fighting between players. But amid the chaos, bruised Brazil emerged victorious.
No ticket to ride
For English football fan Andrew Webster, the joy of his national side qualifying for the World Cup in France 98 has turned to frustration as he tries to get his hands on a match ticket.
Tackling new rules
Changes in the law should favour forwards at France 98. But some fear there could be as many red cards as goals.
BBC TV at the heart of France 98
The BBC is ensuring that their television coverage of the World Cup will be the most extensive ever.




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