Zinedine Zidane says '98 win against Brazil gave France beliefZidane inspired France to victory in 1998 -
French football legend Zinedine Zidane has told sportv that winning the World Cup with France in 1998 gave his nation the belief that they could compete with the likes of Brazil on a regular basis and that they grew to not fear such opposition as they maybe had in previous tournaments.
A virtuoso performance by the great Number 10 in Paris that year, in which he scored two headed goals en route to lifting the trophy, paved the way for more success according to the man himself: "For us, of France, had the desire to play againast Brazil. Everyone wanted this final."
"It was a feat that made gradually and then realised it would make French footballing history."
"You come to explain that Brazil is a soccer reference for everyone, especially the French."
The Class of 2014 will see the French up in Group E with Switzerland, Honduras and Ecuador in a pool that gives them every opportunity to advance and perhaps emulate the great France team of 1998. Should they face Brazil at any point, Les Bleus will be able to draw on Zidane's generation as a reference point.