On this Day, July 12 1998: France beat Brazil 3-0 in the World Cup final with two goals from Zinedine Zidane

Zinedine Zidane's brace helped France to their first World Cup in July 1998  


1932: Yorkshire's Hedley Verity took all 10 Nottinghamshire wickets for just 10 runs at Headingley.

1969: Tony Jacklin became the first home winner of the Open since Max Faulkner in 1951.

1992: Dublin beat Louth on a scoreline on 0-15 to 1-9 in the Leinster SFC semi-final on their way to that year’s All-Ireland final, where they lost to Donegal.

1998: France beat Brazil 3-0 in the World Cup final with two goals from Zinedine Zidane and one from Emmanuel Petit.

2001: Argentina international Juan Sebastian Veron completed his £28.1million move from Lazio to Manchester United.

2005: Adam Gilchrist smashed 121 not out - his 11th one-day international century - as Australia hammered England by eight wickets to win the NatWest Challenge decider at The Oval.

2009: England drew the first Ashes Test against Australia in Cardiff after last-wicket pair James Anderson and Monty Panesar survived the last 69 deliveries.

2010: Celtic confirmed the signing of Joe Ledley on a four-year deal from Cardiff.

2012: Nottingham Forest parted company with manager Steve Cotterill, who was just nine months into a three-and-a-half-year deal he signed when replacing Steve McClaren in October.

2014: England duo Joe Root (154 not out) and James Anderson (81) put on the highest 10th-wicket stand in Test history after sharing in a 198-run partnership in the opening Test against India at Trent Bridge.

2015: Top seed Novak Djokovic defeated Roger Federer 7-6 (7/1) 6-7 (10/12) 6-4 6-3 to win the Wimbledon men's singles title.



Gareth Edwards (rugby union) - former Wales and British & Irish Lions scrum-half, born 1947.

Tony Galvin (soccer) - former Republic of Ireland and Tottenham winger, born 1956.

Alan Mullally (cricket) - former England pace bowler, born 1969.

Christian Vieri (soccer) - former Italy and Inter Milan striker, born 1973.

Stelios Giannakopoulos (soccer) - former Bolton and Hull midfielder and a star of Greece's Euro 2004 triumph, born 1974.

Neil Harris (soccer) - former Millwall and Nottingham Forest striker and now head coach at Millwall, born 1977.

Antonio Cassano (soccer) - former Roma, Real Madrid and Italy striker, born 1982.

Michael McGovern (soccer) - Norwich and Northern Ireland goalkeeper, born 1984.

JP Pietersen (rugby union) - South Africa international, born 1986.

James Rodriguez (soccer) - Real Madrid and Colombia forward, currently on loan at Bayern Munich, born 1991.

Luke Shaw (soccer) - Manchester United and England left-back, born 1995.

Moussa Dembele (soccer) - Celtic striker formerly with Fulham, born 1996.



1. Who scored the only goal in France's 1-0 win over Belgium to secure a spot in the 2018 World Cup final?

2. How old was Essam El-Hadary when he played for Egypt v Saudi Arabia, becoming the oldest player to ever take part in a World Cup finals game? a) 41 b) 43 c) 45.

3. In what year did Martin McHugh play his first Ulster SFC game for Donegal?

4. Who won a third consecutive Premier League Darts trophy, beating Michael Smith in May's final?

5. Fifty-five nations will take part in Euro 2020 qualifying, with one country competing for the first time. Which one?



Today (Thursday, July 12)

TENNIS: Wimbledon - eir Sport 1 1130; BBC Two 1230; BBC One 1345.

CRICKET: One-day international, England v India - Sky Sports Main Event 1200; Sky Sports Cricket 1200.

CYCLING: Tour de France - Eurosport 1 1145; ITV4 1200; S4C 1400.

RUGBY LEAGUE: Super League, Warrington v Catalans Dragons - Sky Sports Main Event 2030.

GOLF: European Tour, Scottish Open - Sky Sports Main Event 1030; Sky Sports Golf 1030; PGA Tour, The John Deere Classic - Sky Sports Golf 1830; Sky Sports Main Event 2200.

HORSE RACING: Newmarket - ITV3 1330.

BASEBALL: MLB, Colorado Rockies v Arizona Diamondbacks - BT Sport 2 2000.

Friday, July 13

SOCCER: Scottish League Cup, Kilmarnock v St Mirren - BT Sport 1 1930.

TENNIS: Wimbledon - eir Sport 1 1130; BBC Two 1230; BBC One 1345.

CRICKET: Women's one-day international, England v New Zealand - Sky Sports Cricket 1330; Sky Sports Main Event 1830.

CYCLING: Tour de France - Eurosport 1 1045; ITV4 1100; S4C 1400.

RUGBY LEAGUE: NRL, Penrith v Cronulla - Sky Sports Main Event 0800.

RUGBY UNION: Super Rugby, Chiefs v Hurricanes - Sky Sports Action 0830; Reds v Sunwolves - Sky Sports Action 1040.

GOLF: European Tour, Scottish Open - Sky Sports Golf 1030; Sky Sports Main Event 1045; PGA Tour, The John Deere Classic - Sky Sports Golf 1830; Sky Sports Main Event 2130.

MOTORCYCLING: MotoGP, Grand Prix of Germany - BT Sport 2 0745.

HORSE RACING: Newmarket - ITV3 1330.

ATHLETICS: Diamond League - Eurosport 2 2000.

BASEBALL: MLB, Cleveland Indians v New York Yankees - BT Sport 1 0000 (Sat).



1 Samuel Umtiti; 2 c; 3 1981; 4 Michael van Gerwen; 5 Kosovo.

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