There was only four years and five months between France’s youngest and oldest starters – Zinedine Zidane and Frank Leboeuf – in 1998.
7 players went unused by Bearzot – Franco Baresi, Ivano Bordon, Giuseppe Dossena, Giovanni Galli, Daniele Massaro, Franco Selvaggi and Pietro Vierchowod – a record for a World Cup-winning squad since substitutes were introduced in 1970.
6 Juventus players began at the Bernabeu – Zoff, Gaetano Scirea, Gentile, Antonio Cabrini, Marco Tardelli and Rossi – equalling the record for most players in a triumphant team’s starting XI in the Final.
Gentile, Bergomi and Tardelli came eighth, ninth and tenth respectively – ahead of the likes of Roy Keane, Antonio Rattin and Graeme Souness – on a list topped by ‘The Butcher of Bilbao’, Andoni Goikoetxea.
Not one of the other five sides to have advanced from the first phase without tasting victory – Bulgaria and Uruguay in 1986, the Netherlands and Republic of Ireland in 1990, and Chile in 1998 – went on to win a knockout-stage match.