World Cup 2022 final: All of France's previous World Cup finals

France's forward Kylian Mbappe kisses the World Cup trophy after the Russia 2018 World Cup final football match between France and Croatia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 15, 2018.
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France (opens in new tab) face Argentina (opens in new tab) in the final of World Cup 2022 (opens in new tab) on Sunday, aiming to become world champions for the third time.

Les Bleus are also looking to retain the trophy – something which hasn't been done since Brazil managed the feat some 60 years ago.

Since first making it to the final as hosts in 1998, the French have featured in football's biggest game on three occasions. Here, FourFourTwo revisits those matches – all of which have been very memorably in their own way...

1998: France 3-0 Brazil

France captain Didier Deschamps lifts the trophy, flanked by teammates Marcel Desailly and Laurent Blanc, after France beat Brazil in the final to win the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France

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1998 remains the greatest year in French football history: the country staged the World Cup for the second time – and Les Bleus got their hands on the famous trophy for the very first time.

Zinedine Zidane (who'd come to make his mark on the World Cup final in a very different way eight years later) ran the show at France 98 – and his first-half brace against Brazil set the hosts well on their way to glory.

Emmanuel Petit made sure by making it 3-0 in second-half stoppage time, as France – captained by current manager Didier Deschamps – recorded the biggest victory in a World Cup final since 1970 (and the joint biggest of all time).

2006: Italy 1-1 France (5-3 on penalties)

Marco Materazzi of Italy falls after being headbutted by Zinedine Zidane of France during the 2006 FIFA World Cup final between Italy and France at the Olympiastadion in Berlin, Germany

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After crashing out at the group stage in 2002, France reached their second World Cup final in 2006 – and this one was memorable for all the wrong reasons...

You might well remember where you were as Zidane's career ended in disgrace at Berlin's Olympiastadion. Having put Les Bleus ahead against Italy with a seventh-minute penalty, Zidane saw red in extra time for using his head – to send Marco Materazzi (the scorer of Italy's equaliser) crashing to the turf. Zidane later alleged that Materazzi had provoked him by insulting his mother (which Materazzi denied).

France managed to hang on for penalties, but there was to be no redemption for Zidane as the Azzurri ran out 5-3 winners in the shootout (where Materazzi converted, of course).

2018: France 4-2 Croatia

France's players celebrate with the World Cup trophy after beating Croatia in the final of the FIFA World Cup 2018 on 15 July, 2018 at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia.

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France entered the 2018 World Cup as many people's pick to claim their second crown – and they lived up to their favourites tag as they went all the way in Russia, beating Croatia in the second highest-scoring final of all time (after Brazil's 5-2 win over Sweden in 1958).

The first-ever own goal in a World Cup final, scored by Mario Mandzukic (who'd later get a consolation at the right end) put France ahead, only for Croatia to equalise through Ivan Perisic.

Antoine Griezmann restored France's lead from the penalty spot not long before half-time however, before Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe (France's main man en route to the final this time around) wrapped things up in the second half.

Les Bleus' second World Cup success saw boss Deschamps join Mario Zagallo and Franz Beckenbauer as one of only three men to win the tournament as both a player and coach.

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Tom Hancock started freelancing for FourFourTwo in April 2019 and has also written for The Analyst and When Saturday Comes, among others. He supports Wycombe Wanderers and has a soft spot for Wealdstone. A self-confessed statto, he has been known to watch football with a spreadsheet (or several) open...