Football fever is far from over… France, Croatia, and England are making sure that their players get a hero’s welcome, never mind if England did not finish among the first three teams, and for France the overwhelming emotion is quite natural, as for Croatia they have re-written their football history.
According to reports while an underground station in London will be temporarily renamed to honour England team manager Gareth Southgate, as England bask in glory of their best ever performance in FIFA World Cup after 28 years, the authorities in Paris is set to temporarily rename 6 of its metro stations to honour the World Cup football champions of 2018.
English coach Gareth Southgate is very popular amongst the populace for injecting positivity and renewed optimism amongst its players, and after touch-down had the Southgate station in Northern London named ‘Gareth Southgate’ for 48 hours.
Whereas the coach of France has two stations temporarily named after him to honour his contribution—while the Notre-Dame des Champs becomes Notre Didier Deschamps, the central point station becomes Deschamps Elysées-Clémenceau.
Zagreb also welcomed the runners-up, with a parade that went through the centre of the Croatian Capital on Monday afternoon. Furthermore, the local authorities made public transport free to ensure that more people could join the celebration parade.
As per the team’s performances, England performed their best in Russia in 28 year under Southgate’s leadership. British strike Hary Kane won the Golden Boot though they narrowly missed a spot in final and lost to Croatia after extra-time.
On the other hand, France felicitated the World Cup champions, and the Central Roads of Paris were decorated with flowers and garlands as the team took a tour of the city on an open top bus.
After Sunday’s success the entire nation partied, the night, but sporadic violence erupted at some places. The Police fired tear gas in Paris, Lyon, and Strasburg. Around 300 people were detained, according to reports. It was also reported that dozens of youth broke into stores situated on the Champs-Elysees and stole wine and champagne.
Beside London, Paris and Zagreb; Brussels also felicitated their team, the city changed from Arts-Loi to Hazarts-Loi, in reference to Belgium playmaker Eden Hazards.