France and Croatia meet in the World Cup final, 20 years after their first match in the 1998 semi-finals, which France won en route to the title.

Following is how both teams fared at the World Cups since 1998:

1998: France win a first title 3-0 over Brazil in the Stade de France under Aime Jacquet, with Zinedine Zidane scoring a brace and current coach Didier Deschamps lifting the trophy first as captain. They reach the final with a 2-1 comeback win over Croatia, who make a huge impression on their debut a few years after independence from Yugoslavia and have the tournament top scorer in Davor Suker.

2002: The tournament in Japan and South Korea is one to forget for France and Croatia as both go out in the group stage. Les Bleus, now also the reigning European champions from their 2000 title, are stunned 1-0 by Senegal in the tournament opener and go home winless without scoring a single goal. Croatia also can't rebound from an opening 1-0 loss against Mexico.

2006: France recover from the 2002 meltdown as they reach the final again in Germany but lose to Italy on penalties after Zidane is sent off for his infamous head-butt against Marco Materazzi, in what was the playmaker's final cap. Croatia for their part go out in the group stage again, losing to Brazil and only drawing with Japan and Australia.

2010: Croatia fail to qualify for the tournament in South Africa which France also almost miss but for the infamous handball goal set up by Thierry Henry in the play-off against Ireland. But just as at Euro 2008 France go out in the group stage, marred in controversy with a players' strike against coach Raymond Domenech and the team's image in complete shambles.

2014: Croatia are back in Brazil but fail to get out of the group stage yet again after losing the tournament opener to the hosts. France have regrouped with Deschamps now in charge and with a promising team reach the quarter-finals where they are narrowly beaten 1-0 by Germany who go on to win the title.