Thursday, 20 September, 2018

French soccer team gets hero's welcome in Paris

Two France football fans die during night of violence as World Cup celebrations descend into violence Croatia gears up to give heroes’ welcome to World Cup team
Ellis Copeland | 17 July, 2018, 21:47

They 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. Hindustan Times delivers the news across all social media platforms, on the web, and at your doorstep.

In Paris, the metro system has temporarily renamed 6 of its stations in honor of the key players, with the Victor Hugo stop - named after the famed 19th-century writer - becoming Victor Hugo Lloris after the team's goalkeeper.

"Eternal Happiness" said Monday's headline in the sports daily L'Equipe, summing up the mood of many who hope this euphoria will last for months - even years.

France defeated Croatia by a score of 4-2 in Moscow Sunday to claim the 2018 FIFA World Cup title.

"We have won the sympathy of the entire world", said Miroslav Milosevic, legendary coach of the team which reached the semi-final of 1998.

"It's true, we went on the pitch, and we said, We're going to crush them all!" he said.

Celebrations were spread across the nation, and among still-dazed French players themselves.

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"We've had lots of problems in France these past years", he said, recalling deadly terror attacks.

"The passion, perseverance, heart and courage shown by the players on the pitch is part of Croatia's national identity, and that now has been displayed on the global stage", Skoko told AFP.

Broken shop windows, pillage and other destruction lined a section of the Champs-Elysees, the post-game site for revelers.

The patriotic fervor sparked by the World Cup did not prevent the vandalism and violence that sometimes accompany public celebrations in France. Authorities detained 90 people for questioning in the Paris region and some 290 around France.

Waving Croatian flags and dressed in national red-and-white colors, many have arrived at the square hours ahead of the planned ceremony.

The members of France's victorious World Cup team have returned home from Russian Federation to triumphant arcs of water heralding their airplane's arrival and a red carpet welcome.

Upon the French team's return to their homeland after their heroics in Moscow, beating underdogs Croatia 4-2, the squad were invited to the president's residence at Élysée Palace.

The victory has helped bring about a sense of national unity in France.

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