Macron congratulates Putin for hosting 'perfect' World Cup

Macron congratulates Putin for hosting'perfect World Cup

Macron congratulates Putin for hosting'perfect World Cup

France's World Cup win was the "supreme coronation" after the "hurt" of losing in the last European Championship final, said coach Didier Deschamps.

"Do they play him in that two still or do they allow him to play in a three?"

Africa did not have a representative in the knockout stages of this year's World Cup after Senegal, Nigeria, Tunisia, Morocco and Egypt were all eliminated during the group stage.

"I'm happy we got second, it's still better than third", young optimist Noah Pernic told SBS News.

The France manager's press conference was momentarily interrupted at the beginning when the players, led by goalscorer Paul Pogba, gatecrashed the conference room by joyously spraying water on the journalists in attendance and dancing on tables. France are a physically strong, defence-oriented team with a fast counter-attack.

France reach third World Cup final after beating Belgium in semifinal
Goalkeeper and captain Hugo Lloris echoed Deschamps' sentiments on Henry and called the occasion "special". It is a possibility. "We adapt the way we play against our opponent and this is his credit".

Zagallo, who featured in Brazil's wins of 1958 and 1962 and was then in charge for another in 1970, is the only other man to have won the highest honour in football both as player and coach.

Mbappe scored France's fourth goal of the final, his fourth in total for the tournament, and following the match was awarded the FIFA Young Player Award. Croatia are a team of fighters, but France will win because they are very solid all the way from their backline to the forwards - but it will be close. Federation Internationale de Football Association president Gianni Infantino then handed France captain Hugo Lloris the World Cup trophy.

Croatia are chasing their first ever World Cup title and France their first since 1998. "It wasn't always easy, but by working hard, listening, they are on top of the world for four years".

The King Tom Club was established by Croatian migrants in the 1960's and remains a key gathering place for members of the community who were out in force to witness what they described as "a proud moment".

"Congratulations to France, who played extraordinary soccer, on winning the 2018 World Cup", Trump tweeted.

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