Although the original trophy was named after French football administrator Jules Rimet, the French had never won the World Cup.
All of this changed in 1998 when France hosted the tournament and the final was held at the Stade de France, Paris in front of 75,000 spectators.
World Cup stunning moments
After dominating European football for more than two years, France won its first and (so far) only World Cup on home soil and in some ways. The architect of the victory was the incomparable Zinedine Zidane, who showed excellent technique and skill throughout the tournament.
In the final against Brazil, the French team met the Brazilian maestro in the form of Ronaldo, but on the day he got messed up. The striker, who was plagued by a mysterious illness, was initially taken out of the squad on the morning of the game, only to be reinstated 45 minutes before kick-off.
France stormed the Brazilian goal from the exit, but the crowd had to wait until the 27th minute for a Zidane header to open the scoring with a typically strong header. As Brazil played in the early stages, Zidane scored again in the first half to bring the French to second place.
Brazil tried to get back in the second, but a clearly fluffed Ronaldo fluffed their best chance of leaving France to apply the coup de grace in the final seconds as Petit scored their third.
The French became European champions at the European Championships 2000, but have not regained such dizzying heights since then.