France

By Jayanta Oinam | Last Updated: Jun 10, 2014, 10:36 AM IST

In the 16th edition of the FIFA World Cup, France won the cup at home to become the sixth nation to win the most popular tournament as a host, after Uruguay, Italy, England, Germany and Argentina to win at home.

Spurred by the rise of players of migrant origin, France started their campaign winning all their group matches against Denmark, Saudi Arabia and South Africa. In the Round of 16, they survived a scare to beat Uruguay in extra-time, thanks to a Laurent Blanc Golden Goal. France survived another scare, this time from Italy, in the quarters. But this time, Les Blues won after penalty shoot-out. The semi-final witnessed Lilian Thuram completing the job for the hosts with two goals against Croatia to register a 2-1 victory.

Playing defending champions and favourites Brazil, Zinedine Zidane found his touch with two first half goals. Emanuel Petit killed off the competition with an injury time goal. The 1998 World Cup Final was one of the most lopsided finals in the history of the competition.