I remember being in France, on Bastille Day, a year or two after their 1998 World Cup win and the final was being replayed on national television. As a kid, I asked why. The barman and my dad both told me that they were proud and that's how big a moment it was in French history.
The weekend just gone saw the 50th anniversary of England's own World Cup win, celebrated with great media fanfare. Here's a few we spotted and do send us anything you were a part of to mark the nation's only major tournament win.
The FA held a huge series of events. There were two new exhibitions at the National Football Museum in Manchester and at Wembley Stadium, respectively, titled '1966: Still Gleaming'. For months, The Sporting Memories Network have been collecting people's personal memories and memorabilia, and this project will be an exercising in enhancing communication and memory skills amongst older people.
Whatever you think of a football association annually celebrating their sole tournament win with such gusto, whilst also having the self-proclaimed greatest and richest league in the world as the home of their current crop of players; boosting memory skills of our elders via football memories is brilliant.
The FA's celebration culminated in a major event at Wembley arena which recounted the story of the day, minute-by-minute, with current reflections and historic footage. The entire event was live on BBC Radio 2, the red button on TV and beamed to cinema nationwide.
The press obviously gave the anniversary extensive coverage. Amongst the obvious recycled content in many outlets, there were some gems. The Independent featured a highlights package, similar to the above video. As did ITV.
An interesting angle was taken by The Guardian which told the hidden story of the poorly attended, lacklustre tournament that only picked up a head of steam once the hosts were in with a shout.
The piece features some great photography which makes use of the paper's "Then and Now" tool, some good stories and an entertaining - even if hyperbolic - what-if video analysing the ramifications of the linesman deciding that goal didn't actually cross the line.
Same again next year?