Previous appearances: 15 (Brazil are only nation to have taken part in finals of every World Cup)
Honours: Winners 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994. Runners-up 1950
Record: P73, W49, D13, L11
1 Taffarel Atletico Mineiro
2 Cafu Roma
3 Aldair Roma
4 Junior Baiano Flamengo
5 Cesar Sampaio Yokohama Flugels
6 Roberto Carlos Real Madrid
7 Giovanni Barcelona
8 Dunga Jubilo Iwata
9 Ronaldo Internazionale
10 Rivaldo Barcelona
11 Emerson Ferreira Bayer Leverkusen
12 Carlos Germano Vasco da Gama
13 Ze Carlos Sao Paulo
14 Goncalves Botafogo
15 Andre Cruz Milan
16 Ze Roberto Flamengo
17 Doriva Porto
18 Leonardo Milan
19 Denilson Sao Paulo
20 Bebeto Botafogo
21 Edmundo Fiorentina
22 Dida Cruzeiro
Coach: Mario Zagallo
WATCH OUT FOR...
Brazil's formidable wing-back is already well known for bending unstoppable free-kicks past helpless goalkeepers. Late last season, for Real Madrid, he even started trying to score direct from left-wing corners. Encouraged by a superb goal blasted in during open play from a seemingly impossible angle near the flag, he started trying his luck from corner kicks, hitting the ball hard and high, dipping and swerving towards the far post. He has not, as far as we know, succeeded yet, but he will. Soon...
`Watch out for' text by Rupert Metcalf
Previous appearances: 7 (1954, 1958, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990)
Record: P20, W4, D6, L10
1 Jim Leighton Aberdeen
2 Jackie McNamara Celtic
3 Tommy Boyd Celtic
4 Colin Calderwood Tottenham
5 Colin Hendry Blackburn Rovers
6 Tosh McKinlay Celtic
7 Kevin Gallacher Blackburn Rovers
8 Craig Burley Celtic
9 Gordon Durie Rangers
10 Darren Jackson Celtic
11 John Collins Monaco
12 Neil Sullivan Wimbledon
13 Simon Donnelly Celtic
14 Paul Lambert Celtic
15 Scott Gemmill Nottingham Forest
16 David Weir Hearts
17 Billy McKinlay Blackburn Rovers
18 Matt Elliott Leicester City
19 Derek Whyte Aberdeen
20 Scott Booth Borussia Dortmund
21 Jonathan Gould Celtic
22 Christian Dailly Derby County
Coach: Craig Brown
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Scotland's veteran goalkeeper - at 39 the oldest player in the tournament - is going to his fourth World Cup. In 1990 the Scots were within nine minutes of qualifying for the second round for the first time when Leighton spilled a soft shot from Brazil's Alemao. He managed to block Careca's follow-up but could not prevent Muller scoring to send Scotland home. If Leighton manages to surprise the football world and keep a clean sheet against the same opposition on Wednesday, expect to see his ugly, gap- toothed smile on the back pages of almost every newspaper the following day.
Previous appearances: 2 (1938, 1994)
Record: P4, W1, D1, L2
1 Frode Grodas Tottenham Hotspur
2 Gunnar Halle Leeds Utd
3 Ronny Johnsen Manchester Utd
4 Henning Berg Manchester Utd
5 Stig Inge Bjornebye Liverpool
6 Stale Solbakken Aalborg
7 Erik Mykland Panathinaikos
8 Oyvind Leonhardsen Liverpool
9 Tore Andre Flo Chelsea
10 Kjetil Rekdal Hertha Berlin
11 Jahn Ivar Jakobsen Rosenborg
12 Thomas Myhre Everton
13 Espen Baardsen Tottenham
14 Vegard Heggem Rosenborg
15 Dan Eggen Celta Vigo
16 Jostein Flo Stomsgodset
17 Havard Flo Werder Bremen
18 Egil Ostenstad Southampton
19 Erik Hoftun Rosenborg
20 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Man Utd
21 Vidar Riseth Linz ASK
22 Roar Strand Rosenborg
Coach: Egil Olsen
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When he played in England for Sheffield United, the gangling Jostein Flo was used mostly as a traditional English-style target man. Not so by Norway, whose coach, Egil Olsen, has employed him on the flanks. Jostein's younger brother, (Tore Andre Flo of Chelsea, occupies the centre-forward berth). The theory is that opponents usually put their shortest defenders on the flanks, so that long balls aimed towards Jostein's head will hopefully cause havoc. When the ball is played on the ground, his limitations are exposed. It rarely is, though...
Previous appearances: 3 (1970, 1986, 1994)
Record: P10, W1, D3, L6
1 Abdelkader El Brazi FAR Rabat
2 Abdelilah Saber Sporting Lisbon
3 Abdelkrim El Hadrioui Benfica
4 Youssef Rossi Stade Rennes
5 Smahi Triki Lausanne
6 Noureddine Naybet La Coruna
7 Moustafa Hadji La Coruna
8 Said Chiba Compostela
9 Abdeljilil Hadda Club Africain
10 Abderrahim Ouakili 1860 Munich
11 Ali El Khattabi Heerenveen
12 Driss Benzekri RS Settat
13 Rachid Nekrouz Bari
14 Salaheddine Bassir La Coruna
15 Lahcen Abrami Wydad Casablanca
16 Rachid Azzouzi Cologne
17 Gharib Amzine Mulhouse
18 Youssef Chippo Porto
19 Jamal Sellami Raja Casablanca
20 Tahare El Khalej Benfica
21 Rachid Rokki SCMM Mohammedia
22 Mustapha Chadili Raja Casablanca
Coach: Henri Michel
WATCH OUT FOR...
One of the most successful of Morocco's exports to European football, this 25-year-old playmaker has just helped Porto win the Portuguese title. He has won 20 caps, possesses a sweet left-foot, and is tipped to become one of the best midfielders in Africa. The challenges that lie in wait at France 98 will give him the chance to prove his worth.
BEING thrown in with Brazil has sorted the pessimists from the optimists in the Scottish, Norwegian and Moroccan camps. The gloomy perspective is that the chances of progress are halved. The positive approach says that if all three lose to the holders one will still advance by coming first among unequals.
Scotland, as everyone from John o' Groats to Jedburgh is sick of hearing, have never ventured beyond the first phase. Neither have Norway. That leaves Morocco - who made it through from England's group in 1986 - as the only one of Brazil's rivals not confronting a psychological barrier.
The world champions look unexpectedly vulnerable. Although warm-up matches can be a poor guide, defeat by Argentina in a Rio derby exposed them as a collection of individuals rather than a unified force. Zico's appointment as Mario Zagallo's adviser, reputedly imposed on the coach, was a sign of unrest, and the loss of Romario a real blow.
That said, Ronaldo's scoring ability has never been dependent on a particular partner and could gloss over any weaknesses for the time being. Denilson annd Rivaldo also have the talent to turn the tighest contest. Brazil last went out with the makeweights in 1966 and ought to be strong enough to head the section if not retain the trophy.
So who goes with them and who goes home? The crucial fixture is likely to be Scotland's meeting with Norway. Even if Craig Brown's team have not created one of the great upsets in the opening game, victory in Bordeaux would surely create an irresistible momentum for their last match, against Morocco.
Norway, loaded with Premiership artisans, could actually be more "British" than the Scots, who are schooled in keeping the ball rather than launching it. Egil Olsen has achieved emphatic results with what he calls "penetrative play". Brown, however, will look to Colin Hendry to negate their aerial power and build a platform for a narrow win.
Morocco showed against England and France that they will more than match the Europeans for technique. And the Frenchman Henri Michel, taking his third finals with a different team, is a sound strategist. Yet they lacked the physical and mental toughness to apply their skills at USA 94 and fared modestly at the African Nations' Cup, so they may reach the final match still without a point.
If that happens, and Scotland and Norway cancel each other out as Olsen's side and the Irish did in a grim struggle four years ago, the last round of games could be dramatic indeed.Reuse content