Players: Zidane, Henry, Petit, Trezuguet, Viera, Desailly, Makelele, Thuram
Story of the shirt:
An exhaustive list of 2002 fails: 1) The public’s continued, unabated purchasing of millions upon millions of copies of ‘How You Remind Me’ by Nickelback 2) France at the World Cup. OK, let’s cut to the chase. In 2002, France were the kings of football. Reigning world champions and European champions, they went into the FIFA 2002 World Cup in Korea and Japan favourites to claim a third international major honour in a row. Meanwhile they also had a banging shirt, this sexy number designed by Adidas and featuring a technologically advanced second mesh layer combined with distinctive red sides. Ou la la. The tournament itself was an unmitigated disaster for Les Bleus, though. Having been awarded the opening match as the holders, the French famously lost against Senegal, as the injured Zidane watched from the stands. Next, they drew with Uruguay before losing again, against all odds, to Denmark. Incredibly, they finished bottom of what was meant to be an easy group. But these days – who cares? Get your scratched CD copy of Nickelback on the HiFi, stick this shirt on, pretend you’re the shit pop-grunge Zizou who never existed.