The first World Cup may have been held in South America but it was a European, or more specifically the Frenchman Lucien Laurent, who scored the tournament's first ever goal.
With one win and two defeats, France and Laurent failed to make it out of the group stages that year but Laurent would survive World War Two and a German prisoner-of-war camp to see his country reach the final 58 years later; he was the only member of that 19030 side still who was still alive.
France were the hosts that year but few would have backed them to beat a Brazilian team packed with more stars than the Milky Way and more punch than Marcel Cerdan.
However, beat Brazil is exactly what they did.
Zinedine Zidane was the star of the show. He put in a marvellous performance and capped it with two well-taken headers
France would flop when it came to defending their title four years later in Japan and South Korea but Zidane rose from retirement to inspire them to the final in 2006.
Any hope they had of winning that evaporated with a quiet word from Marco Materazzi and a loud response from the French captain.
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