Jubilant welcome for French group on FIFA World Cup return | Football News

Jubilant welcome for French group on FIFA World Cup return | Football News
Jubilant welcome for French group on FIFA World Cup return | Football News
PARIS: Supporters packed a sq. in central Paris on Monday to provide a rousing welcome to the French soccer group regardless of their loss to Argentina in a nail-biting World Cup last.
Fans stuffed the Place de la Concorde in central Paris to welcome the group who have been pushed straight to the sq. from the airport after touching down from Qatar.
They appeared on the balcony of the Crillon Hotel overlooking the sq. to a rousing welcome, AFP correspondents stated.
Despite their disappointment, all 24 French gamers, together with striker Kylian Mbappe whose hat trick did not convey France glory, appeared on the balcony in regal type to acknowledge the applause.
“Frankly, it is magnificent, it warms the center, it is an amazing pleasure to see that we have been capable of make so many French individuals proud and completely satisfied,” ahead Marcus Thuram informed TF1 TV.

“We needed to see them (the followers) on our return from Doha as a result of I feel it is the least we are able to do to return and see them and thank them for his or her assist,” he added.
Goalkeeper and captain Hugo Lloris informed TF1 that it was an opportunity to “greet them (the followers), to thank them for his or her assist and, after yesterday’s ache, to hunt their comfort.”
Supporters had been saved guessing for many of the day about whether or not the disenchanted gamers would journey to central Paris to fulfill them.
Sports Minister Amelie Oudea-Castera had stated early Monday that the group deliberate to go to the place de la Concorde.
But inside hours, the French Football Federation (FFF) president contradicted the minister, saying the gamers would head dwelling straight from the airport.
“When you do not win you do not really feel like wandering down the Champs Elysees or anyplace else,” Noel Le Graet informed the BFMTV broadcaster, in reference to the glamorous avenue working from Concorde to the Arc de Triomphe.

But the FFF then confirmed that the occasion would happen.
France misplaced on penalties on Sunday after the match ended 3-3 following additional time, however French commentators nonetheless heaped reward on the defeated aspect, whereas highlighting the essential position of Argentinian captain Lionel Messi.
“Invited to the coronation of Lionel Messi, Les Bleus have been heroic,” stated L’Equipe sports activities newspaper.
The match was dominated by Argentina for the primary 80 minutes earlier than a quickfire double by Mbappe ignited France. Mbappe went on to attain a 3rd objective, turning into solely the second participant in historical past to seize a hat-trick in a World Cup last.
“Proud of our Bleus,” learn a headline on the entrance web page of Le Parisien newspaper with an image of the group standing collectively throughout the penalty shootout.
“Football is commonly greater than a sport. In the run as much as Christmas, this World Cup has been a powerful current,” the right-wing newspaper Le Figaro stated in an editorial.
A complete of 24.08 million individuals watched the match on Sunday on TF1 tv, an all-time file viewers for a French community, the channel stated.
The inside ministry stated that 227 individuals have been arrested in France after the sport, with 47 in Paris.

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