Soccer fans gather for World Cup final

Macron to welcome French football team at Elysee Palace By IANS On Jul 16 2018- 09:31:47 Share

Image copyright Reuters Image caption France's coach Didier Deschamps celebrates with his team, 20 years after he led France to victory as captain.

Fifa World Cup 2018 provided football fans a lot of moments to cherish right from the opening night to the final Sunday in Russian Federation.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, Emir of Qatar Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and FIFA President Gianni Infantino have taken part in a ceremony to hand over the role of FIFA World Cup™ hosts from Russia to Qatar. However, Didier Deschamps and his defensive tactics were vindicated as the French team was the most complete unit throughout the one-month extravaganza in Russian Federation.

Chairman of the Local Organising Committee for the 2018 soccer World Cup Arkady Dvorkovich attends a news conference in Moscow, Russia July 14, 2018.

While the 19-year-old is the poster boy for France's new crop of talent, the make-up of the squad suggests they have the youth and firepower to dominate global football for years to come.

It's the second time in history that France has won the World Cup. Instead, according to L'Equipe, he will be donating it all to Premiers de Cordee, a charity that provides sports activities to hospitalized and disabled children.

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A huge crowd estimating half a million gathered around central Paris and the Champs-Elysees.

De Gea had a bad start to the World Cup with his error against Portugal and the keeper didn't make a single save in a game where Spain conceded three goals but that ultimately meant little, as La Roja topped Group B.

"We are linked for life now with this Cup", defender Raphael Varane told BFM-TV.

The victory has helped foster a sense of national unity, with commentators playing up the fact the squad, the second-youngest in the competition, includes many with central and north African heritage, even if all but two were born in France.

The 2022 World Cup might also feature a change to the number teams allowed to play.

While all the leaders hugged each other and congratulated the French president on his country's win, it was what happened at the presentation ceremony that caught people's attention and sent Twitter buzzing with memes.

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