French teammates from left, Zinedine Zidane, Marcel Desailly and Laurent Blanc hold the soccer World Cup after France defeated Brazil 3-0 in the World Cup final soccer match, at the Stade de France in Saint Denis.
Manchester United midfielder Pogba has grown in confidence and form during France's run to the World Cup final. They might have played 90 minutes more than us [due to extra-time in the last three matches] but the most determined team will win on Sunday. "I told the players before the game there was no pressure - we have reached the semi-finals, enjoy your football and this was exactly what we did".
"Want to know how insane we are?" said Fran Colak, a Croatian Saultite who had come down to the gathering to watch the semi-final game. No-one believed before the World Cup that we could go this far, but we believed. I don't know of a smaller country in a World Cup final.
Pitana, a 43-year-old physical education teacher, has already refereed four matches at Russian Federation 2018, taking charge of Russian Federation v Saudi Arabia (Opening Game) and Mexico v Sweden in the group stages, the Round of 16 match between Croatia and Denmark, as well as the quarter-final between Uruguay and France.
Luka Modric's team were taken to extra-time for the third consecutive match in Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium on Wednesday but somehow found the energy to overcome England 2-1.
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England have a clean bill of health for their World Cup semi-final against Croatia after all 23 players trained on Tuesday. The Karrinyup father of two, who moved here from England 20 years ago, has watched every single World Cup game since 1982.
The two teams previously met in their final group stage game when both had already guaranteed a place in the last 16 - with the twist that the side who finished second would land in the easier side of the draw.
"[In the 2016 Euros] we thought it was done and that we had won the trophy by beating Germany in the semi-finals".
"For us, we are not the favourites". Numerous other players they kept hiding, and a little bit more in the last 20-25 minutes. We stay as we are from the start of the tournament.
"We showed character and mentality, it was very hard for us tonight".
Perišić had a major part to play in the game, having set up the victor after netting midway through the second period. We have no doubts, we play together, that's our strength. It's on the shirt but I didn't win it. "Even their defenders are outstanding players".