France won their first World Cup in 1998 after beating Croatia in the semifinal. Twenty years later, the teams meet in the final in Moscow. But that's not the only reason why the French will win the title.
Olivier Giroud's first France goal in 10 games sent the world champions top of a Nations League group that also features Germany. Kylian Mbappe had earlier opened the scoring for France, who deserved their 2-1 win.
Brazilian forward Neymar is a surprise omission from the FIFA's Best Men's Player award shortlist. There's also a complete lack of Germans on the men's list, but Dzsenifer Marozsan is in contention for the women's gong.
In the aftermath of France's World Cup win, hasty parallels have been drawn with 1998, the last time "Les Bleus" won the trophy. But DW's Matt Ford says that's history; this was a modern triumph for a modern France.
France have been crowned World Cup champions after beating Croatia 4-2 in the final match in Moscow. It's the second time France has taken home the trophy, after winning its first World Cup in 1998.
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