French players’ social media videos of World Cup celebrations
- Author: Stacy Allen Jul 18, 2018,
Jul 18, 2018, 0:30
France was preparing to welcome home the national soccer team Monday for a victory lap down the grand Champs-Elysees, the grand Paris avenue where hundreds of thousands thronged after the team's 4-2 victory Sunday over Croatia to capture the trophy. They appeared for the first time yet had their presence felt.
Midfielder Paul Pogba, despite his voice almost failing him, then proved himself a showman off the pitch as well as on by leading the guests in an impromptu celebratory rap punctuated by "Allez les Bleus!".
"It represents enormous things", said Goffrey Hamsik, dressed in a hat resembling a rooster - the French national symbol - and a shirt with the No 10 for Kylian Mpappe, the 19-year-old breakout star who hails from the Paris suburb of Bondy.
The celebrations were spread across the nation.
Zagallo won the World Cup title in 1958 and 1962 as a player before achieving the title in 1970 as the national team manager. "We've also had the pleasure of interacting with football fans from all over the world and given them an idea of the kind of hospitality they can expect in four years' time". "I hope that lots of young people will have seen this match and do the same", he added.
"I had the vast pleasure and enormous privilege to live through this as a player 20 years ago, and it was in France, so of course it will be marked in my memory forever".
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.
In honor of the returning heroes, several of Paris' metro stops have been temporarily renamed.
Additionally, Brazil became the most supported team with 170 million followers however much like in the actual World Cup, it was France that scored the winning goal with the highest amount of victories, reaching to about 248,000 wins.
French Football Federation chief Noel Le Graet confirmed in Sunday's Journal du Dimanche that other associations also would benefit from the France forward's largesse - "about 300,000 euros ($350,000)". France won, and that's good for the country.
There were 292 people arrested nationwide and isolated clashes between police and rowdy crowds in Paris, Lyon and Marseille.
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.
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.
"I was here in '98, I'm here today and I'll be here in 2022", he said.