On this day - July 12, 1998 - France are on top of the world

Sport360 staff 14:24 12/07/2016
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16 years ago, France lifted the World Cup for the first time.

The French missed out on European glory on Sunday night but the nation had something to celebrate for what was a memorable night in Paris 18 years ago today. At the Stade deFrance, defending champions Brazil stood in the way of Les Bleus, who reached the final for the first time.

Pre-match talk was all about one man – Ronaldo, who after being left out of the team sheet due to injury, was announced he would eventually play.

The Brazilian could not add to his four goals as a brace from Zinedine Zidane, who was later named man of the match, and Emmanuel Petit wrapped up a comfortable 3-0 triumph as France won their first ever World Cup.

Memorable events on this day:

1932: Hedley Verity establishes a first-class record by taking all 10 wickets for 10 runs against Notts.

1954: The Major League Baseball Players Association is founded.

1996: Michael Jordan signs $30 million one-year deal with Chicago Bulls.

2015: Novak Djokovic defeats Roger Federer in four sets for his third Wimbledon title.

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