Stade Geoffroy-Guichard

Stade Geoffroy-Guichard

Named after the man who owned the land on which it was built, the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard is a multi-purpose stadium in Saint-Etienne. It is often better known as "le Chaudron" (the Cauldron) or "l'enfer vert" (the Green Hell). Built in 1930-1931, the venue has undergone three renovations. The most significant upgrade was the two years prior to the 1998 World Cup, extensive work being needed to bring the venue up to World Cup standards.

The Cauldron hosted six matches during World Cup 1998. Five of these games were group matches, including Scotland v Morocco. The other was a round of 16 play-off between Argentina and England, the English losing out on penalties.


Location: Saint-Etienne

Capacity: 36,000

Construction: The stadium opened in 1931 and was renovated in 1983-1984, 1996-1998 and 2011-2014.

Matches: Yugoslavia 1 : 0 Iran (June 14), Chile 1 : 1 Austria (June 17), Spain 0 : 0 Paraguay (June 19), Scotland 0 : 3 Morocco (June 23), Netherlands 2 : 2 Mexico (June 25) and Argentina 2 : 1 England [Argentina won 4 - 3 on penalties] (June 30)


World Cup 1998 Venues : Stade de France, Stade Velodrome, Parc des Princes, Stade de Gerland, Stade Felix-Bollaert, Stade de la Beaujoire, Stadium de Toulouse, Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, Parc Lescure and Stade de la Mosson.