Croatian World Cup squad given heroes' welcome


The footballers did not disappoint, passing the golden World Cup trophy from player to player as they jumped and danced on an open-air bus with "World Champions" emblazoned on its side.

World Cup, World Cup and more World Cup - that's all France is talking about. The key power houses of these matches were France and Brazil, who managed to gain to highest amount of finals matchups in the game.

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The team, carried by a charter flight with "Bravo, the Blazers!" painted on the fuselage, was escorted by two MiG-21 fighter jets after entering Croatian air space. This is a man who was barely worth his place on Gareth Southgate's team while Lucas Hernandez was bossing it for France all the way to World Cup glory. Numerous players grew up in the disadvantaged suburbs of Paris.

Croatia may not have come out winners, but that did not stop National Bakery from giving away 500 loaves of bread as they stood behind the team whose jersey bears a striking resemblance to their bread bag.

Deschamps and the players were greeted by President Macron and his wife Brigitte outside the Elysee Palace, where they sang the national anthem.

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The celebrations were spread across the nation. "We did something incredible, we made history and we are going to enjoy it". The French players treat him as a lucky charm and he rarely lets them down, doing the dirty work in front of the defence while others are able to showcase their skills further forward.

Mbappe mentors the kids, and Ruffin said the player has "very good contact" with them: "I sometimes feel he gets more pleasure playing with kids than they do".

Several Paris Metro stations are temporarily adjusting their names to honor the team and its members, the transport authority tweeted.

Yet there are persistent complaints in France that sport remains perhaps the only area where such national unity prevails, and that citizens of the country's multi-ethnic banlieues, its poor suburbs, are cut off and discriminated against. "We are happy. Long live France", he said.

French President Emmanuel Macron, who cheered every goal in Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium, was drenched by torrential rain during the trophy presentation and attempted to "dab" with the players in the changing room.

The breathless victory under stormy skies meant his side - a balance of youthful vitality and big-tournament experience - have buried the pain of their defeat in the Euro 2016 final in Paris.