Thoughts of history and playing greats of the past are never far away at World Cup semi-finals.
And so in England, 1966 seems but yesterday and the names of World Cup winners Bobby Moore or Geoff Hurst are present in English hearts and minds.
In France, 1998 winners Zinedine Zidane and Marcel Desailly are among Les Bleus greats never to be forgotten.
In Belgium, the likes of Jean-Marie Pfaff, Jan Ceulemans, Franky Vercauteren, Enzo Scifo and Eric Gerets bring back memories of the Red Devils' one and only last four appearance, in Mexico 1986.
And in Croatia, the talk these days will also be of the quality of brilliant 1998 semi-finalists Davor Suker, Zvonimir Boban or Robert Prosinecki and the national team's only last-four appearance until now.
Now a new generation of players will be out to create their own footballing history when France meet Belgium and Croatia play England for a place in the July 15 final in Moscow.
The past really means little for most of them.
Belgium and Croatia will now be seeking a first World Cup final appearance, while France could reach a third after 1998 and 2006, and England have to go back to Wembley 1966 for their one and only final.
But in an unusual World Cup in which world champions Germany fell at the group stage, Spain and Argentina in the last 16 and five-time champions Brazil in the quarter-finals, none of the four remaining teams seem overly burdened by history or exaggerated expectations.
"I wasn't born the last time England reached a World Cup semi-final (in 1990)," England keeper Jordan Pickford pointed out when asked about past glories.
"We have always said we would it take one game at a time but we can go on and create our own history."
The last time Les Bleus were in the last four at a World Cup, a penalty from captain Zidane gave France a 1-0 win over Portugal in Germany 2006.
Now the French will be looking to the likes of 19-year-old Kylian Mbappe to help propel them into the final when they come up against Belgium in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday.
"We have some margin to get even better," 1France coach Didier Deschamps, the 1998 World Cup-winning captain, said.
Belgium coach Roberto Martinez sees his much-vaunted golden generation on the verge of greatness after showing resilience in coming from two goals down to beat Japan, and tactical awareness in putting Brazil to the sword.
England take on Croatia on Wednesday in Moscow in another match in which the shifting sands of tournament play now make it difficult to pick a clear favourite.
"We know where we are. We're not the finished article," England manager Gareth Southgate, himself a novice at national level, said.
He has already seen his players write their own history with their penalty shoot-out victory over Colombia in the last 16, and who could deny him the feeling that there is more to come?