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FIFA 98: Road to World Cup

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The late-1997 edition of FIFA was heavily tied in with the qualifying procedure for the 1998 World Cup. In the Road to the World Cup mode, you take a team from first qualification through to the main tournament, using the varying systems in different parts of the world. The game features 16 distinct outdoor stadia. The League play features 189 clubs and 11 leagues. Each team has specific crowd chants incorporated into the ambient sound.

The action is faster than in previous versions, and AI has been expanded. Players have distinct facial feature and hair styles. Each match is introduced by Des Lynam and commentated on by John Motson and former Scotland international Andy Gray.


FIFA 98: Road to World Cup PlayStation The 23 protagonists
FIFA 98: Road to World Cup SNES Selecting a zone
FIFA 98: Road to World Cup Game Boy Throw in.
FIFA 98: Road to World Cup PlayStation Match open view

Alternate Titles

  • "Rumbo a la Copa Mundial" -- Spanish title
  • "FIFA 98: The Road to the World Cup" -- Game Boy in-game title
  • "FIFA 98: Rumbo al Mundial" -- Spanish title
  • "FIFA 98: En route pour la coupe du monde" -- French title
  • "FIFA 98: Die WM-Qualifikation" -- German title
  • "FIFA 98: A Caminho da Copa" -- Brazilian title

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User Reviews

EA Sports' swan song to the American Saturn and Sega SEGA Saturn Fake Spam (94)
FIFA 98 is THE best FIFA game out there. Windows Diamond Titan (59)
Soccer is LAME. Windows Tomer Gabel (4388)

The Press Says

PSX Extreme PlayStation Feb, 1998 94 out of 100 94
Power Play Windows Dec, 1997 91 out of 100 91 PlayStation Jun 09, 2011 18 out of 20 90
HappyPuppy Nintendo 64 Sep 28, 1999 9 out of 10 90
Svenska PC Gamer Windows Dec, 1997 90 out of 100 90
PC Jeux Windows Dec, 1997 89 out of 100 89
Mega Score Genesis Mar, 1998 88 out of 100 88
Total! (Germany) Nintendo 64 Jan, 1998 1.75 out of 6 85
Gamezilla PlayStation 1997 82 out of 100 82
Total! (Germany) SNES Jan, 1998 4 out of 6 40


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The German front cover shows the Andreas Möller. He won the Champions League with Borussia Dortmund and the European Championship with the German national team (both 1996).


The 32-bit version of FIFA 98 was the first game in the series to do a proper interpretation of the off-side rule. Until then, most players turned off the option because if a player was offside, doing anything else with ball except running stopped the play immediately - even if the ball was passed backwards and nowhere near the offside player!


  • Computer Gaming World
    • April 1999 (Issue #177) – Best Sports Game of the Year (together with World Cup 98 and FIFA 99)
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