France is celebrating as Les Bleus captain Hugo Lloris and his teammates carried the golden World Cup trophy around Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium. The French players were letting loose the euphoria that coach Didier Deschamps had warned about containing ahead of the final.
Nothing is impossible in soccer. Croatia, a country of only 4 million people, has successfully reached its first World Cup final this year after defeating England – supposedly the birthplace of modern soccer – in the semifinal early on Thursday (12/7/2018, Jakarta time) in Moscow.
At the Stade de France on July 12, 1998, Didier Deschamps, Zinedine Zidane and their teammates defeated Brazil 3-0 and became world champions. Several months later, on December 20, 1998, a future football star by the name of Kylian Mbappe was born.
The upcoming World Cup quarterfinal match between France and Uruguay in Nizhny Novgorod on Friday (6/7/2018) will be especially emotional for French striker Antoine Griezmann. For Les Bleus’ soccer star, Uruguay is a part of him and is his second home after France.