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Friday, 1 August, 2008, 11:49 GMT 12:49 UK
THE FULL STORY
The full story of all the previous finals from 1930 to 1998.
World Cup history

AUDIO REFLECTIONS
John Motson has been reminiscing about previous World CupsMotty's World Cup memories
BBC commentator John Motson shares his memories of previous tournaments, as well as looking back on those before his time!

TOURNAMENT STATISTICS
Detailed statistics and tables from all 16 previous tournaments.
Statistics

BANKS, BARNES AND MORE
John Barnes on his way to scoring against Brazil in 1984England v Brazil classics
A look back at some of the epic England v Brazil encounters from football's history.
HANSEN'S LEGENDS
BBC Sport's Alan Hansen chooses six World Cup stars from the past 40 years and explains what made them great.

Rossi sinks the Brazilians
Paulo RossiThe 1982 World Cup quarter-final between Italy and Brazil was one of the most thrilling games ever.

England v Argentina revisited
Argentine star Diego Maradona embarks on a mazy run in 1986A look back at the previous World Cup encounters between England and Argentina.

The great World Cup final mystery
Ronaldo reflects on Brazil's World Cup defeatFrance got the glory in 1998 but Brazil's Ronaldo stole the show.

The Azteca goal explosion
The 1970 semi-final between Italy and West Germany in Mexico burst into life in extra-time with the Azzurri running out 4-3 winners.

Super Eagles make their mark
Nigeria produced one of the games of the tournament when they beat Spain four years ago.

Platini paves Brazil's exit path
France, inspired by Michel Platini, forced Brazil to penalties at Mexico 86 before booking their place in the semi-finals.





England v Brazil classics
John Barnes scores a wonder goal against Brazil in 1984Pictures from previous clashes between these two great footballing nations beginning with the World Cup of 1970.

1998 - Rhapsody in Bleu
France's Didier Deschamps (right) celebrates his team's monumental win France claim their first-ever World Cup with a 3-0 win over Brazil, while 10-man England lose to Argentina.

1994 - Brazil conquer the States
Brazil captain Dunga celebrates with the World CupThe 1994 World Cup saw football fever sweep the United States, and Brazil become the first team to win the competition four times.

1990 - Germans deny Diego double
West Germany beat Diego Maradona's Argentina in the final, while Gazza cries his eyes out.

1986 - Maradona rules the world
Argentina's Diego Maradona wins the World Cup virtually single-handedly albeit with a touch of controversy.

1982 - Rossi inspires Italian success
Italy storm to their third World Cup victory with striker Paolo Rossi hitting top form at the right time to confound West Germany.









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