Didier Deschamps lifted the trophy as France captain in 1998 and he has now guided his country to the world title again, 20 years later as a manager.
Here are some of the key facts from the match
- First own goal in a World Cup final scored by Croatia's Mario Mandzukic
- First penalty awarded by VAR in a World Cup final
- Most goals in a World Cup since 1966 and most in regular time since 1958
- First teenager in Kylian Mbappe to score in a World Cup final since Pele in 1958
- Croatia are first side since West Germany in 1986 to score twice in a final and lose.
After years of poor finals - there have been as many goals in this final as in the previous four put together - we have had a cracker here and that seems appropriate for what has been a great tournament.
There have been 169 goals in 64 games, at an average of 2.64 per game.
That completes our live updates coverage of the final. For further news stay on the website, and check out our match report here.
France and Croatia fans are now in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow awaiting the start of the action at 7pm.
Excitement is building. Either France will become double champions, following their 1998 success, or Croatia become first time champions.
Here are some pictures of the fans arriving, and in, the stadium, as well as other supporters across the world.
6.05pm - Teams named for World Cup final
The line-ups for the 21st Fifa World Cup final are out and unsurprisingly both managers have gone with an if it ain't broke, don't fix it philosophy in naming unchanged line-ups from the semi-finals.
Croatia's is possibly a surprise given they have gone to 120 minutes in all three of their knockout games, but Zlatko Dalic has no doubt challenged his players to give it their all one final time in their remarkable run in Russia.
4.50pm - Croatia fans in party mood in Moscow's Red Square
Scores of Croatian fans took to the streets of Moscow on Sunday ahead of their country's first World Cup final appearance, cheering and waving flags in anticipation of the historic match against France.
With hours to go until kick off (7pm UAE) Croatian fans in the centre of Moscow appeared to out-number their more low-key French counterparts.
That may be due in part to the fact that Croatians are so thrilled that their team has made it this far.
Croatia eliminated hosts Russia in the quarter-finals and England in the semis, delighting their home country of 4.2 million people.
"Whether we win today or lose, Croatia is going to be on fire," Croatian fan Kristjan Alapic, from the city of Velika Gorica, told Reuters as he stood outside Moscow's Bolshoi Theatre.
"Tomorrow don't expect anybody to show up for work. This brings the whole population together."
When Croatia take on France at Moscow's Luzhniki stadium later on Sunday, the team hopes to settle an old score with the French dating back to the 1998 World Cup.
That year, Croatia's World Cup dreams were ended when France beat them 2-1 in the semi-finals before going on to win the tournament.
"It is unbelievable to be in the final for such a small country such as Croatia," said 47-year-old Croatian fan Denis Papac near Red Square. "It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."
French fans were more reserved ahead of the final and seemed to be fewer in number than their Croatian counterparts.
"I've been seeing a lot of Croatians. That has really hit me," said 32-year-old French fan Benjamin Haddad. "The atmosphere is very Croatian right now."
Haddad could not explain why French fans were less visible on the streets of Moscow ahead of the match but suggested the enthusiasm of the Croatians could be tied to their team's unforeseen success.
"It's the first final in Croatia's history," he said. "It's a surprise for them to be here. It's an even more historical moment for them."
3.45pm - England player ratings
The public consensus was one of overwhelming satisfaction - England made their country proud in reaching the World Cup semi-finals for the first time since 1990.
Having lost to Belgium in the third-fourth place match, however, they return home with three defeats in the tournament, so there is clearly plenty of work to be done for manager Gareth Southgate and his staff ahead of Euro 2020.
A number of England players have boosted their reputation though - among them goalkeeper Jordan Pickford and defender Harry Maguire, while captain Harry Kane is poised to collect the Golden Boot unless France go goal crazy in tonight's final.
Slide through the images at to see how the England squad rated, and whether they are likely to be involved when the next big tournament comes around.
1.44pm - Mixed feelings for Belgium
We still have time to kill before the 7pm (UAE) kick off, so perhaps we should look back on Saturday's third place play-off between Belgium and England.
Belgium will be acclaimed at celebrations in Brussels on Sunday with thousands expected to hail the team but they will carry mixed feelings about their achievement at the World Cup.
Victory in Saturday's third place play-off over England in Saint Petersburg ensured a best ever tournament return for the Belgians but they are likely to be long haunted by a nagging sense they might have done so much better.
The so-called "golden generation" had sights firmly set on winning the World Cup and were well on course after proving their mental fortitude in a dramatic come-from-behind win over Japan and then going toe-to-toe with Brazil and beating them in the quarter-final.
But a narrow semi-final defeat to France last Tuesday left them crestfallen, even though they admirably picked themselves up to easily beat England 2-0 in taking the bronze medal.
"I think if we had played the final we would have won the World Cup," said centre-back Vincent Kompany, who at 32 is unlikely to have another chance in Qatar in 2022.
"But third place is consolation for our supporters and a nice reward for us. We played seven matches here and won six of them."
Eden Hazard, the Belgium captain and scorer of the second goal against England, spoke to reporters after the match too. What he said might have Chelsea fans worried.
“After six wonderful years at Chelsea, it might be time to discover something different," Hazard told reporters.
"I can decide if I want to stay or go, but Chelsea will make the final decision. For my career, certainly after this World Cup, I’m at a moment where I might change. I will go on holiday and ask myself the right questions."
Whether through circumstance or the club's reluctance to sell, keeping Hazard - who has won two Premier League titles, one FA Cup, one League Cup and one Europa League trophy during his six years at Chelsea - at the club last season was arguably their best bit of business. Doing so for a second successive summer would be staggering.
We will also have Richard Jolly providing analysis on tonight's winners, while Gary Meenaghan will take a look at where it went wrong for the losing side.
9.20am - World Cup final
After 63 games of what has been an incredible World Cup we're down to the final two as France take on Croatia for the right to be crowned champions of 2018.
The game kicks off at 7pm UAE time.
Didier Deschamps is potentially 90 minutes away from a unique World Cup double. Should France beat Croatia, the France manager would join Brazil's Mario Zagallo and Germany's Franz Beckenbauer as the only men to lift the trophy as both player and coach.
As Ian Hawkey points out, his dogmatic approach is one of the main reasons have reached a second successive major final after falling short at the final hurdle at Euro 2016.
France, bidding to add a second star to their crest following their success on home soil in 1998, have got the unanimous backing of The National staff to prevail in Sunday's final at the Luhzniki Stadium on Sunday. See if you agree with their predictions here.
But they face a Croatia side that midfielder Ivan Rakitic says will be playing with "4.5 million players on the pitch" as the Balkan state attempt to win football's greatest prize for the first time in their 27-year history.
France have shown glimpses of their devastating talent in patches in their previous six games to reach Moscow. The workmanlike performances in the group phase was followed by the evisceration of Argentina in the last 16, the masterful control of Uruguay in the quarter-finals before blunting a brilliant Belgium side in the semis.
Croatia, on the other hand, have had to do it the hard way. The 3-0 win over Argentina was arguably the standout result of the group stage, but extra time has been needed in each of their three knockout games, against Denmark, Russia and England, with the first two going to penalties before Croatia prevailed.
Rakitic says he is unconcerned that Croatia have already played 90 minutes more at this World Cup than their French counterparts, while Blaise Matuidi says the French camp have been impressed with the energy levels and fitness of their opponents in reaching the championship match.
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Our man in Moscow has certainly been busy in the buildup to the most anticipated match of the year.
One protagonist of particular resonance with UAE football fans is the manager who will be directing operations from the Croatia dugout.
Zlatko Dalic, the former Al Ain manager, had given three years to the UAE club, three years in which he helped lift them back to the summit of Emirati football, to within a penalty kick of winning the Asian Champions League. A single goal across two legs in the 2016 final deprived the country’s most decorated club of the continent’s premier club trophy, of the one title they covet above all else.