2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ – News – 32 days to go: France 1998 opens its arms wide – FIFA.com
The 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ is drawing ever nearer – with just 32 days to go! Between now and the start of the World Cup, we will take a closer look at a different statistic from the history of the tournament each day.
32 teams lined up on the starting blocks for the 1998 FIFA World Cup France, a first for the prestigious tournament, which had featured 24 competing teams since Spain 1982, and just 16 sides between 1934 and 1978. At the inaugural event, held in 1930 in Uruguay, only 13 nations took part.