MOSCOW Russia (Xinhua)
-- France coach Didier Deschamps said
his players will share a lifelong bond after their World Cup
triumph here on Sunday.
Les Bleus won
football’s premier international trophy for a second time by
beating Croatia 4-2 in front of 78,000 fans at Luzhniki Stadium
“These players will
be together forever because of this,” said Deschamps, who became
the third person to win the World Cup as both a player and
manager, joining Mario Zagallo and Franz Beckenbauer.
“It’s not going to
change them but they will also know that that there is nothing
above winning a World Cup. It’s the pinnacle in football.”
Russia 2018 was unique because smaller teams were more willing
than ever before to push themselves to their physical limits.
“I have never seen a
World Cup like this,” said the 49-year-old, who was captain of
the France team that beat Brazil in the 1998 final.
“I don’t think it
was an esthetically beautiful World Cup. It was tough and you
only have to look at the data to see that some of he smaller
teams run more and had better statistics than some other teams
that were better on paper.
“As the tournament
goes on you need to get stronger and we managed to do that.
There was uncertainty regarding our young players but they
showed what they are capable of and I’m sure that in three or
four years they will be even stronger.”
Brazil legend Pele
congratulates Kylian Mbappe
MOSCOW Russia (Xinhua) --
Brazil legend Pele paid tribute to teenage
forward Kylian Mbappe after his goal in France’s 4-2 victory
over Croatia in the World Cup final on Sunday.
low 25-yard strike made him only the second teenager after Pele
to score in the decider of football’s showpiece competition.
Pele achieved the feat as a 17-year-old in 1958.
“Welcome to the
club, @KMbappe - it’s great to have some company!” Pele said on
Mbappe scored four
goals at Russia 2018 and won the World Cup’s best young player
Griezmann: ‘Our children will
MOSCOW Russia (Xinhua) --
France forward Antoine Griezmann hailed his “extraordinary”
teammates after Les Blues won the World Cup for a second time on
Griezmann was named
man of the match, scoring from the penalty spot and setting up
Paul Pogba for France’s fourth goal in their 4-2 victory over
He also delivered
the 18th-minute free-kick that flew into the back of
the net after a deflection off Mario Mandzukic’s head.
“For me the
collective is the most important thing. If you have a strong and
united team, you can do anything,” the Atletico Madrid forward
said after the match.
extraordinary teammates and now we’re going to be a part of
history. Maybe it won’t hit home immediately but in the future
our children are going to be proud of what we have done. Now we
have to enjoy it.”
scored four goals during the World Cup, has been touted as a
possible winner of this year’s Ballon d’Or, awarded to the
world’s best player.
The 27-year-old said
his immediate priority is to celebrate the World Cup triumph
with his teammates, friends and family.
“We still have the
European Super Cup [in August] to play and I hope that we can
win it,” Griezmann said. “But right now I want to enjoy this. I
can focus on that later.”