Football

France win the 1998 World Cup

Published 1139 GMT (1939 HKT) May 22, 2014
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France won the World Cup for the first time in its history in 1998 after beating Brazil 3-0 in the final at the Stade de France. Getty Images
Patrick Vieira came on as a second-half substitute and delivered the pass for Arsenal teammate Emmanuel Petit's third goal in the win over Brazil. Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images
France coach Aime Jacquet selected a multicultural squad for the tournament with players originally hailing from the likes of Senegal, Ghana and Algeria. Clive Brunskill /Allsport
"We had the players from all around the world and I think we showed the diversity of the French national team," Vieira told CNN. "We showed what the diversity of the French people are, and that's why it was really important to win the World Cup because we sent the message to the political world." Lutz Bongarts/Bongarts/Getty Images
The triumph helped to unite France with thousands of supporters lining the Champs-Elysees during the victory parade. GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images
"France was going crazy and it just looked like a French revolution -- people in the streets celebrating and it was fantastic and this is when I really realized how football can be powerful," Vieira said. GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images