Blatter praises Owen, Chilavert
Posted: Saturday July 11, 1998 10:52 AM
Owen's performance not only impressed World Cup fans, but FIFA's president Sepp Blatter (AP)|
PARIS (Reuters) -- Teenage England striker
Michael Owen has clearly left a lasting impression with FIFA chiefs nearly
two weeks after departing the World Cup stage.
Owen received glowing praise from Sepp Blatter on Saturday when the FIFA
president was asked on the eve of the final which players had been most
"There was a youngster who scored a marvelous goal and had the courage to
take a penalty in the shoot-out against Argentina,"
said Blatter. "I think you all know I am talking about Michael Owen."
Blatter also praised Paraguay's
Jose Luis Chilavert, describing the free kick-taking goalkeeper as "an
Chilavert was named this week to FIFA's all-star team while Owen was
listed among the reserves.
UEFA boss Lennart Johansson had been impressed by French captain Didier
Deschamps and said Brazil striker
Ronaldo had also begun to show his true capability.
"The Laudrup brothers, too," said Johansson of Denmark's Brian
and Michael. "People said they were too old but they've both played
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