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July 6, 2006   

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Berlin, here come the French!

In the streets of Paris, they are celebrating a reality that seemed a far-fetched dream only days ago.

Want to join the French team?

By storming into the World Cup final after beating Portugal 1-0, the French football team has scripted a comeback straight out of a movie.

In the 2002 World Cup, the French, the defending champions, failed to score a single goal. Their best players -- like Zinedine Zidane, Thuram and Claude Makelele -- called it a day after the inglorious European crown campaign. Even France's qualification for World Cup 2006 seemed doubtful.

Then, Zizou and Company came back to serve their country. And what service they have delivered!

Just goes to show what the beautiful game can do to lives and nations.

Photograph: Joel Saget/AFP/Getty Images

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