Croatia are in their first ever World Cup final, and have become the 13th different nation to appear in the showpiece event in the process.
France, on the other hand, are in their third final, having won one and lost the other.
Croatia have had a rocky ride to the World Cup final, a comfortable group stage turned into a brutal knockout round as the Vatreni needed 2 penalty shoot outs and another lot of extra time to come through.
Ahead of Croatia’s debut, we take a look at how other first time finalists perform in the World Cup final:
1930: Uruguay 4-2 Argentina
The very first World Cup final saw Uruguay emerge victorious, and the only final not to have been played on a weekend. Uruguay came from 2-1 down at half time to win 4-2 and become inaugural world champions.
1934: Italy 2-1 Czechoslovakia (AET)
The 1934 World Cup was marred by political involvement, there were claims that Mussolini was using the tournament to promote fascism. Italy came from behind to win after extra time, the first final to go to an extra period.
1938: Italy 4-2 Hungary
Italy became the first side to defend the World Cup and win the title on foreign soil, after defeating the Hungarians in Paris.
1950: Uruguay 2-1 Brazil
The only World Cup to have not had a proper final, hosts Brazil went into the game knowing that avoiding defeat would see them becoming world champions. However, Uruguay went on to win 2-1 and steal the Jules Rimet trophy from under them, this led to Brazil abandoning white shirts as they were ‘cursed’ and moved on to their new infamous yellow shirt, blue shorts combination.
1954: West Germany 3-2 Hungary
Hungary came into the final as huge favourites after defeating opponents West Germany 8-3 in the group phase. The ‘Magical Magyars’ went 2-0 in front before a stirring fightback from the West Germans meant they claimed the Jules Rimet trophy for the first time.
1958: Brazil 5-2 Sweden
Brazil finally got their hands on the World Cup thanks to a masterclass from the Selecao and 17 year-old Pele in particular. Pele became the youngest player to score in a World Cup final and he bagged twice as Brazil thrashed Sweden 5-2 in Gothenburg.
1966: England 4-2 West Germany (AET)
The most famous final ever, for many reasons, England came from 1-0 down to lead 2-1 before West Germany equalised with 2 minutes to spare to send the game into extra time. England took the lead in extra time with the most contested goal in history, Hurst turned and shot and the ball bounced over the line and back out again, the refereeing officials consulted before eventually giving the goal, Sir Geoff Hurst would go on to become the only man to score a World Cup final hat trick to seal a 4-2 win for England.
1974: Netherlands 1-2 West Germany
Netherlands wowed everyone in the 1970s with their brand of ‘Total Football’ and became the first side in World Cup final history to score without any of the opposition touching the ball. West Germany would go on to win the World Cup and become the first side to win the Euros and World Cup back to back.
1998: Brazil 0-3 France
Brazilian superstar Ronaldo suffered convulsions before the game and was originally left off the team sheet before being reinstated, both Brazil and Ronaldo were clearly short of their best and it showed as France ran away 3-0 winners and became the 6th team to win the World Cup on home soil.
2010: Netherlands 0-1 Spain
The feistiest final of all time, no fewer than 13 yellow cards and 1 red card were shown, Xabi Alonso was kung fu kicked in the chest by De Jong, numerous penalty claims were turned down on both sides. Andres Iniesta scored the winning goal with 5 minutes to spare as Spain became the 6th nation to win the World Cup in their first final appearance.