France's World Cup winners given heroes' welcome in Paris

French players continue celebration during post-match press conference

FROM RUSSIA WITH CUP

"Eternal Happiness" read Monday's headline in French sports daily L'Equipe, summing up the mood of many who hoped the euphoria would last.

After overcoming a determined Croatia to win 4-2 in Sunday's final in Russian Federation, the team came back to euphoric crowds in Paris hoping to catch a glimpse of the players that have captured the nation's imagination.

The third person in the history of football to win the World Cup as a player and coach, Didier Deschamps guided France to glory as captain of the 1998 team and most recently as manager of the 2018 team that just claimed the title in Russian Federation.

Numerous invited clubs are based in the poor neighborhoods French that produced the players who made up France's youthful, diverse World Cup team, including 19-year-old breakout star Kylian Mbappe.

Hugo Lloris become the 21st captain to lift the elusive World Cup title as he captained France to their second world title against Croatia at the Luznikhi Stadium in Moscow on Sunday. "We are linked for life now with this Cup", defender Raphael Varane told BFM-TV on Monday before departing from Moscow.




It was the players, though, who captured the French imagination.

The problem arose when large amounts of fans gathered at the store trying to purchase France's new shirts that feature two stars, signifying the country's two World Cup championships. Joy over the win brightened the Monday morning commute in Paris, where young people in cars sang and shouted. France won, and that's good for the country.

They may have suffered defeat at the hands of France at the weekend, but the 23-man Croatia squad were welcomed with open arms by approximately 500,000 fans as they touched down in Zagreb, receiving a heroes welcome on their return. Still, celebrations in France typically end up with a spate of violence by troublemakers, and Sunday was no exception.

Windows were broken on the Champs Elysees, and objects including bottles and chairs were thrown at police officers who responded by using tear gas.

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