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My favourite game: France v Brazil, 1998 World Cup final | Michael Hann

I don’t remember much about what took place at the Stade de France on 12 July but I remember most of what happened afterwards – it was epic

It would have been about five in the morning, Monday 13 July 1998. I was on a dodgem car in the Place de la Bastille and very drunk. I had just bitten into a merguez sausage and burning red fat had splattered all over the front of my shirt.

I was still a half-hour’s walk from my hotel. I was expecting a call in three hours from CNN to talk its worldwide breakfast show through the events of the previous evening and then I had to go straight to the Gare du Nord to get the train to London and go to work at FourFourTwo magazine.

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