On June 9, 2018, a ‘revenge’ match took place between former players of the Brazilian and Norwegian teams, commemorating the match that faced both teams in the 1998 World Cup in France. Ronaldo Nazario attended as coach of the canarinha, while Roberto Carlos acted as a footballer. At the break of the game, an image reflected the two ex-footballers relaxed in the locker room smoking a cigar. It was a highly commented photograph that raised some controversy, but years later it is still iconic.
Just Ronaldo Fenômeno and Roberto Carlos having a smoke during halftime at yesterdays 98 ‘rematch between Norway and Brazil. 📸 Aftenposten pic.twitter.com/f6UN7KAFUI
– André Norway (@AndreOstgaard) June 10, 2018
The Norwegian Football Federation made this reunion possible 20 years later. Ronaldo attended the meeting as a coach and was able to bring together many of the stars who gave birth to the world of football for years. “Football is incredible and allows us the opportunity to face each other now 20 years later,” he said. Or phenomenon. The Brazilian team attended the match held in Oslo with a good representation of that mythical Canarinha full of stars, like Dida, Aldair, Gonçalves, Júnior Baiano, Roberto Carlos, Emerson, Zé Roberto, Rivaldo, Giovanni, Bebeto and Edmundo. The Norwegian team was not left behind, it was led by André Flo and there was neither Frode Grodas nor Kjetil Rekdal among others.
Brazil won by 3 goals to 0 and thus avenged the defeat of two decades ago. What’s more, was able to end a strange curse: the Brazilians had never beaten Norway. In the four clashes between the two teams, three friendlies and the World Cup match in France, there have been two Norwegian wins and two draws.
The miracle of Marseille
The match for which both teams met again took place on June 23, 1998 in the Stade Vélodrome Marseille in front of 57,000 people. It was about last game of the group stage of the World Cup held in France in the year ’98. Brazil came first in the group mathematically, while Norway needed a victory against the almighty canarinha to go to the round of 16.
What happened that night in Marseille went down in Nordic football history. Brazil took the lead in the 78th minute after a goal from Bebeto with assistance from Denilson. Norway needed a miracle to win the game and the miracle came. Tore André Flo closed the gap in the 83rd minute and a penalty committed by Junior Baiano and transformed by Rekdal, gave the victory and the pass to the Norwegian team.