Croatia greeted by 500,000 fans in return home after World Cup

17 Juillet, 2018, 17:28 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
  • Croatia greeted by 500,000 fans in return home after World Cup

President of France Emmanuel Macron and President of Croatia Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic want to kiss the World Cup held by FIFA President Gianni Infantino during the trophy ceremony following the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Final between France and Croatia at Luzhniki Stadium on July 15, 2018 in Moscow, Russia.

The Didier Deschamps managed side secured an exhilarating 4-2 victory over Croatia, prompting an outpouring of joy across France. While, in Russian Federation, the 40-year-old president was spotted jumping for joy and pumping his first with each goal.

Plus, the president casually dabbed backstage, seen in a video posted to Twitter by French player Benjamin Mendy.

A jubilant looking President Macron pumps the air as France scores again.

Many even skipped work to celebrate the team reaching their first ever World Cup final.

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Mr Macron once again posed with the victorious French team today as they were received by cheering crowds in Paris. "These boys are world champions for us, they taught us about heart and unity", said Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic who watched the match with fans in a downtown fan zone.

"This victory will improve France's image for several years, and nearly automatically that of its leader", Pascal Boniface, director of the Institute for global and Strategic Relations, a French think-tank, told AFP. Football is now global. But this time they'll have home field advantage for their talented squad that includes stars like forward Eugénie Le Sommer and defender and captain Wendie Renard (above).Jean Catuffe/Getty ImagesGERMANYThe perennial soccer power won gold at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janiero, a tournament that saw the US exit in a shocking quarterfinal loss. The FIFA president expressed his happiness with the ceremony saying "it's so important that we can be here today in the iconic place of the Kremlin to pass the World Cup hosting rights from the organiser of the 2018 World Cup to the organiser of the 2022 World Cup".

One picture of Macron in particular is making the rounds online.

"The team selection reflected France's belief in the younger generation and this title win has also brought hope for the years to come for French football", shared Sylvain Choin, Director, Alliance Francaise de Chandigarh, Sector 36, as he cut a celebration cake along with teachers and students at the centre.

After a night in which millions of people took to the streets to celebrate France's second World Cup victory in 20 years, a sense emerged that Les Bleus had performed magic for a nation that had been suffering from a bout of the blues.

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