L'Equipe Name Their Best And Worst World Cup XIs

Paola Ditto
Luglio 19, 2018

The Paris metro has temporarily renamed six stations in honour of France's World Cup victors, as the capital prepares to salute their return.

"Eternal Happiness" said Monday's headline in the sports daily L'Equipe, summing up the mood of many who hope this euphoria will last for months - even years.

France's second world football championship was enthusiastically celebrated after they defeated Croatia 4-2 in the World Cup final in Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium on Sunday.

The first came back in 1998 - Didier Deschamps, who is now the head coach, was a squad player at the time. Amongst the hundreds on the guest list are members of soccer clubs linked to the French players, like that from the poor Paris suburb of Bondy, the childhood home of 19-year-old star Kylian Mbappe.

Croatia has a population of just 4.17 million people, and the percentage of the population that watched the nail-biting semi with England, witnessed the country become the smallest nation since 1950 to reach a World Cup final. The mostly youthful, diverse team represents a generation with which traditionalists have yet to come to terms.

Despite heavy rain coming down during the trophy ceremony, the youthful French players made the most of it, sliding around the field - at times with the coveted Fifa World Cup trophy in hand. In the eastern Paris neighborhood of Belleville, Vincent Simon said, "Both teams deserved to win".

Despite numerous Parisian population spending much of the night in delirium, they were still out in numbers for France's return and trophy parade. Still, celebrations in France typically end up with a spate of violence by troublemakers, and Sunday was no exception. Broken shop windows and signs of looting lined a section of the Champs-Elysees.

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