World Cup Final third most popular match among Russian viewers

Remigio Civitarese
Luglio 18, 2018

They were on verge of an unprecedented achievement as an "underdog", but sadness quickly turned into pure joy and pride after delivering thrilling World Cup matches including formidable victories over football powerhouses like Argentina and England.

A club in the poor suburb where 19-year-old star Kylian Mbappe grew up is among them.

World Cup winners France were welcomed home by hundreds of thousands of supporters as they paraded down the Champs Elysees in Paris on Monday.

Smoke bombs surged from the crowd of tens of thousands on the avenue, casting a haze that at times obscured the team.

Bottles were thrown, people shouted and booed angrily, before police finally broke up the crowd and forced them to disperse.

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.

Goalie Hugo Lloris, brandishing the golden trophy from soccer's eminent tournament, and coach Didier Deschamps led the team from the Air France plane to the tarmac at Charles de Gaulle Airport. A vast crowd gathered in the centre of the French capital on Monday to welcome back the champions.

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The team is expected to take a victory lap down the grand Champs-Elysees.

The national team's official Twitter account posted a video of defender Benjamin Mendy boarding the bus, with the message: "We go back to France with the Cup and one more star".

The team's appearance on the Champs-Elysees will be followed by a reception at the presidential palace.

Six Paris metro stations have temporarily changed their names in honor of the nation's incredible World Cup run. France celebrated their second World Cup win 20 years after their maiden triumph on July 15, 2018, overcoming a passionate Croatia side 4-2 in one of the most gripping finals in recent history.

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

Macron then continued the celebrations in the dressing room, consoling each Croatian player and even captain Luka Modric's son before joining in the party with his team. The French, though, are more enamored of the players and of their coach, Didier Deschamps.

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