On Sunday, when France goes for international soccer glory against Croatia in the World Cup final, they will do so nearly 20 years to the day from when the country first won a World Cup.
France, playing on home soil, was an extraordinary collection of talent, boasting one of the greatest attacking midfielders in the game’s history in Zinedine Zidane, stout defenders like Marcel Desailly, and future superstars such as Thierry Henry.
Many of these players would also go on to further international glory, winning the European Championship two years later. There is even a direct connection to the current France squad, as 1998 team’s captain, Didier Deschamps, is the current France manager. So now is the perfect time to go back and look at that incredible squad, and see where they have gone since then.