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 country's imagination. France would score more goals through Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe, with Mandzukic pulling one back for Croatia after a awful mistake by French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris. The highly-talked about Croatian President also went and hugged all the players and congratulated them for the way they played.
Macron has already promised the Legion of Honour for the victors' "exceptional services" to the country, an award given to the legendary team that won France's first World Cup title in 1998.
Croats took to the streets on Sunday to celebrate their national team despite its 4-2 defeat to France, but the nation of 4.5 million knows its soccer future is all but secure.
"I believed France was going to be the stronger nation, and I felt Croatia dominated the game in the first half, but France looked very unsafe on the counter", said Martini.
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With youth, prodigious ability, experience and continuity all at their disposal, it would shock no one if this French side find themselves on top of world football on another occasion or two in years ahead.
France's World Cup-winning backline featured two fullbacks that had been capped all of five times apiece prior to the opener against Australia. An additional eight own goals came off set pieces, a insane stat considering the previous World Cup record was six OGs of any kind.
"In a World Cup final, you do not give such a penalty", Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic said. "We will not get Overconfident and take Croatia lightly" said Paul Pogba in an interview before the Final. "Russia has become a real football country, a country where football is not only the World Cup, but has become part of the country's DNA. I was backing France as my second team".
Yet they showed no signs of tiredness as they tore into France from the first whistle, and even when the game looked out of reach they never once let their heads drop, threatening an unlikely comeback when Mandzukic cashed in on Lloris' error.