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Croatia gears up to give heroes' welcome to FIFA World Cup team

Tens of thousands of people are expected to attend the celebrations at the central square in the capital Zagreb on Monday after the players fly in from Russia.

Published: 16th July 2018 03:08 PM  |   Last Updated: 16th July 2018 03:08 PM   |  A+A-

Marko Luketich Kochis, center, raises the flag Croatia as he celebrates that his team is in the World Cup soccer final against France as people gather to watch the televised game Sunday, July 15, 2018, at Croatian National Hall Javor in Pittsburgh. (Photo | AP)

Marko Luketich Kochis, center, raises the flag Croatia as he celebrates that his team is in the World Cup soccer final against France as people gather to watch the televised game Sunday, July 15, 2018, at Croatian National Hall Javor in Pittsburgh. (Photo | AP)

By Associated Press

ZAGREB: Fans are pouring in from throughout the country as Croatia gears up to give a heroes' welcome to the national team despite its loss to France in the World Cup final.

Tens of thousands of people are expected to attend the celebrations at the central square in the capital Zagreb on Monday after the players fly in from Russia.

The small country of 4 million people has been gripped in euphoria since its team beat England to reach its first World Cup final, where Croatia lost 4-2 to France.

State TV has urged citizens to come out and enjoy "the historic moment" of the players' return, while other media have described the players as "our heroes."



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