From Paris to Zagreb, rivals fans gather to WC final

July 15, 2018

Croatia fans wave flags and sport national team shirts in the capital Zagreb's main square

 

Croatia fans wave flags and sport national team shirts in the capital Zagreb’s main square

 

Croatia and France supporters gathered together in their respective capital cities on Sunday as they prepared to watch their sides take part in the World Cup final.

Les Bleus fans took to a fan zone set up by the Champ des Mars waving flags and unveiling signs to show their support for their team.

The French have laid on a huge park with a giant screen to show the action but supporters at the back of the crowd will be straining to see given how many congregated to watch Sunday’s game.

Fans in Paris gather in their thousands in front of a big screen to watch Sunday's final clash

 

Fans in Paris gather in their thousands in front of a big screen to watch Sunday’s final clash

 

A France supporter unveils their flag with the Eiffel Tower in the background near the fan park

 

A France supporter unveils their flag with the Eiffel Tower in the background near the fan park

 

A supporter lets off a flare as the Croatia supporters conjured up a fiery atmosphere in Zagreb

 

A supporter lets off a flare as the Croatia supporters conjured up a fiery atmosphere in Zagreb

 

France fans were spotted showing their patriotism beneath the symbolic Eiffel Tower with flares set off as they marched to the fan zone.

One Les Bleus supporter even unveiled a ‘Champi du Monde’ banner in a show of supreme confidence in his national team.

Croatia meanwhile were busy showing their colours in Zagreb’s main square as they chanted and cheered on their side hours before kick-off.

The Croats let off red flares and partied with fake World Cup trophies as they dared to dream ahead of their first-ever final.

The Eiffel Tower looms over France fans as big screens are set up to show the action in Paris

 

The Eiffel Tower looms over France fans as big screens are set up to show the action in Paris

 

A France fan waves the tricolour flag outside the Arc de Triomph as they gear up for the final

 

A France fan waves the tricolour flag outside the Arc de Triomph as they gear up for the final

 

One supporter demonstrated supreme confidence by unveiling a 'Champi du Monde' banner

 

One supporter demonstrated supreme confidence by unveiling a ‘Champi du Monde’ banner

 

Croatia fans were out in force in the main square of Zagreb as they demonstrated their pride

Supporters let off flares in Zagreb as Croatia prepared to take on France in the World Cup final

Sunday’s final is a rematch of the 1998 semi-final, where France overcame Croatia 2-1 on home soil en route to winning their first World Cup.

France are the favourites to lift the Jules Rimet for a second time and advanced after beating Belgium 1-0 thanks to defender Samuel Umiti’s second-half header.

Their manager Didier Deschamps was captain when they won two decades ago and is on the brink of leading France to glory once again in Russia.

Croatia came from behind to beat England in extra time in their semi-final, Ivan Perisic and Mario Mandzukic’s goals cancelling out Kieran Trippier’s opener.

France supporters numbered their thousands as they gathered in the fan zone in capital Paris

France supporters numbered their thousands as they gathered in the fan zone in capital Paris

 

A French firefighter sprayed fans with water to cool them down amid sweltering temperatures

 

A French firefighter sprayed fans with water to cool them down amid sweltering temperatures

 

The view looking back at the Croatia fan park shows flags waving in anticipation of the game

 

The view looking back at the Croatia fan park shows flags waving in anticipation of the game

 

There was a party atmosphere in Zagreb while fans geared up to watch Croatia in action 

 

There was a party atmosphere in Zagreb while fans geared up to watch Croatia in action

 

SOURCE: dailymail.co.uk


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