More than 100 000 people thronged the square to hail Vatreni (the "Fiery Ones" in Croatian) led by captain and World Cup Golden Ball victor Luka Modric.
Previously, the Croatian football team found itself in the midst of a scandal after the video showing player Domagoj Vida and coaching staff member Ognjen Vukojevic shouting "Glory to Ukraine" after the 1/4 finals match against Russian Federation appeared on social networks.
'The Croatian president is coming out of this as the victor.
She also had a photo op with Putin after Croatia defeated Russian Federation to enter the semifinals. Grabar-Kitarovic did not miss a chance to promote her team and was seen handing out Croatian jerseys to Donald Trump, Theresa May and even Mr Putin himself.
Croatia has been caught up in soccer fever after the Balkan nation of 4.2 million people swept aside more fancied opponents to reach its first ever World Cup final, which Russian Federation is hosting this year.
"Winning a World Cup so young opens doors". From June 14 to July 15, 32 teams from across the world played a totally of 64 matches in order to determine the best football team.
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Croatians give heroes' welcome to Modric & Co.
"This is how Croatia is loved", read one banner. On top of that, it was Croatia's Luka Modrić, and not France's Antoine Griezmann, who was given the honour of tournament MVP.
There it is. The tournament that started with 32 teams, narrowed down to one team ending as CHAMPION. "It is a shame because I think we were very, very good and deserved to win", said Croatian midfielder Ivan Rakitic.
Despite being forced into extra-time in all three of their knockout rounds before the final, Croatia dominated the opening period and were desperately unlucky to trail 2-1 at half-time through Mario Mandzukic's own goal and a controversial Antoine Griezmann penalty.
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