Croatian-French president’s love story, nothing touching Putin

Croatian-French president’s love story, nothing touching Putin

Ahead of the world cup, concerns were raised over security and racism following the Euro 2016 debacle where Russian fans charged English supporters when the two countries met in Marseille.

Cries of "Champions! Champions!" could be heard roaring across the city as football fans celebrated the country getting through to play the biggest match in football for the first time.

A closer scrutiny of the images going viral raised questions on whether the criticism of Putin was justified. The final match saw many eminent personalities and celebrities in attendance at the Luzhniki stadium including Russian president Vladimir Putin, French president Emanuel Macron and Croatian president Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović.

Some also saw a display of a great sporting spirit as she hugged players from both teams: "Loved your gesture and sporting spirit during World Cup final game".

Meanwhile, Croatia president Grabar-Kitarovic added to her ever-increasing fan base with sporting gestures during the presentation ceremony. The French/'African' hot team won 4-2 against the Croatian fighters team.

"I want to thank all those involved in the organisation, and the players, referees and coaches".

He kissed France teammates Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann on their foreheads.

Sacked Croatian assistant coach Ognjen Vukojevic, who was dismissed during the World Cup for a video dedicating the quarter-final victory over Russian Federation to Ukraine, was seen joining in the team's celebrations on returning home.

Police said more than 250,000 people came out in central Zagreb and many more along the route.

In an outburst of national pride and joy, Croatia rolled out a red carpet and staged a euphoric heroes' welcome for the national team on Monday despite its loss to France in the World Cup final.

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