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But beyond the dabbing and adoring crowds, the World Cup triumph is a political win for President Macron, who has been promoted a young, dynamic France with an increasingly prominent global role.

In remarks released Monday by the Kremlin, Putin said the attempted cyberattacks targeted "information infrastructure" linked to the World Cup, but did not elaborate. Eleven host cities, namely Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg and Samara, were selected to be the venues for the matches of the 2018 World Cup.

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.

Putin, at the ceremony, expressed gratitude to footballers and fans alike.

Fans went wild the moment France clinched the World Cup championship, and the country's President was no exception.

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Ahead of the world cup, concerns were raised over security and racism following the Euro 2016 debacle where Russian fans charged English supporters when the two countries met in Marseille. A cast of some 800 took part in the 15-minute show which featured Russian soprano Aida Garifullina singing "Kalinka", with former Brazil star Ronaldinho joining in on a samba drum to huge cheers while official mascot Zabivaka cavorted with a troupe of dancers.

Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, who attended the final match in Moscow, is later expected to present awards to the players at her residence.

Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, whose exuberant celebrations of the team's successes in Russian Federation attracted widespread attention, said the World Cup can "start positive processes in Croatia".

"Croatia was just a step away from football immortality", said the website.

"But when we won, they congratulated me and we celebrated together", said Clementine Pascal, an intern who hails from Quimper in France.


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