President Macron 'dabs' to celebrate France World Cup win

Annette Crawford
July 17, 2018

Fans are pouring in from throughout the country as Croatia gears up to give a heroes' welcome on Monday to the national team despite its loss to France in the World Cup final. Many users, however, said that it would be inappropriate to use Africa won the World Cup because the players are of African identity but have been living in France for the longest time.

On Sunday, France became world champions for the second time ever after a thrilling 4-2 triumph over plucky Croatia in the World Cup final.

The fan IDs which permitted ticket-holders to enter Russian Federation during the World Cup had initially been due to expire on July 25.

Fans at this World Cup however "showed that sport and football can manage not to divide people and not lead to fights and disputes, but unite people on the basis of common values", Putin said.

More than 100,000 people thronged the square to hail Vatreni (the "Fiery Ones" in Croatian) led by captain and World Cup Golden Ball victor Luka Modric.

Mr Putin said all anti-Russia myths had collapsed following the tournament's success.

Putin, at the ceremony, expressed gratitude to footballers and fans alike.

"Thank you, Russia, for hosting the best World Cup in history".

The football-loving 40-year-old leapt to his feet to celebrate France's goals as he attended the game in Moscow alongside Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Croatian counterpart Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic. Apart from the sell-out crowd of 78,011 in the stadium, the final was watched by a billion-strong television audience around the world.

His Highness the Amir left Moscow on Sunday evening.

He said his country would also try to outdo the success of the Russian team on the pitch, who surpassed expectations by reaching the quarter-finals.

But the "Vatreni" ("Fiery Ones" in Croatian) may radically change perceptions of the country's image, according to Bozo Skoko, a public relations expert in Zagreb.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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