Eighty years, 18 World Cups, a million memories
For the first time in five tournaments the host nation triumphed - but what became of Les Bleus' Rainbow Warriors?
Goalkeeper: Fabien BarthezBarthez, who holds the record for most World Cup finals clean sheets (10, joint with Peter Shilton), played for Manchester United, Marseille and Nantes, before retiring in 2008. Plays beach football and races Porsches, now that he's a man of leisure.
Defender: Lilian ThuramThe most-capped player n French football history retired in 2008 due to a heart problem. He's since been involved in politics, campaigning for Catalan independence and setting up the Lilian Thuram Foundation to promote race relations.
Defender: Marcel Desailly'The Rock' joined Chelsea following France's triumph, and played two seasons in Qatar before retiring. He's since worked extensively in the media, for Canal Plus in France and on BBC's Match of the Day. He's also a UNICEF Ambassador to Ghana.
Defender: Frank LeboeufLeboeuf played at Chelsea until 2001, later turning out for Marseille and Qatari outfit Al-Sadd before retiring in 2005. Since then, he's followed in Eric Cantona's cinematic footsteps, starring in Taking Sides and Ocean Hotel. He's also recently trodden the boards on his stage debut.
Defender: Bixente LizarazuThe most decorated player in French history picked up numerous medals with Bayern Munich, including the Champions League. He retired in 2006 and has since become a European jiu-jitsu champion.
Midfielder: Didier Deschamps (c)The cup-winning captain joined Chelsea from Juventus in 1999, but retired two years later. He's since forged a successful managerial career, guiding Monaco to the Champions League final in 2004. Currently manager of Marseille, whom he has just led to their first title in 18 years.The French Connection: Marseille finally clinch title as Arsenal-bound Chamakh breaks downExclusive Q&A with Deschamps: "Chirac must have said something, but I was in my own little world..."
Midfielder: Emmanuel PetitThe Arsenal midfielder's third goal sealed France's win. He joined Barcelona in 2000 and Chelsea a year later, but never recaptured his Highbury form and struggled with injuries, retiring in 2005. He's currently an ambassador for Barclays Spaces for Sports and works on French TV.
Midfielder: Christian KarembeuThe Real Madrid man moved to Middlesbrough in 2000 – to his supermodel wife's dismay. He later played in Greece and Switzerland, before retiring in 2006. Has scouted for Arsenal and is a director of Grandtop International, who recently bought Birmingham City.
Midfielder: Zinedine ZidaneThe mercurial playmaker retired from international football in 2004, only to return for World Cup 2006, where he infamously stuck the nut on Marco Materazzi in the final. He now works as a UN Goodwill Ambassador and as advisor to Florentino Perez, president of Real Madrid.
Striker: Youri DjorkaeffDjorkaeff moved from Inter to Kaiserslautern a year after France's triumph and joined Bolton in 2002. He later played for NY Red Bulls before retiring in 2006. He's since released a single called Vivre Dans Ta Lumiere.
Striker: Stephane Guivarc'hThe man with the random apostrophe moved to Newcastle in '98 but played only four games and was sold to Rangers. Returned to Auxerre and Guingamp, retiring in 2002. Now works as a coach and analyst for Canal Plus.
Substitute: Patrick VieiraVieira bagged 107 caps, won three titles with Arsenal, before joining Juventus in 2005 and Inter in 2006. Now at Man City.
Substitute: Alain BoghossianSigned for Parma after '98 and was appointed assistant to France boss Raymond Domenech in 2008.
Substitute: Christophe DugarryStarred for Marseille, Bordeaux and Birmingham City before moving to Qatar. Now writes a column for L'Equipe.
Manager: Aimé JacquetThe World Cup-winning manager retired following his crowning moment, and became technical director of the French Football Federation. Resigned in 2006.
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