Brisbane Roar’s French attacker Eric Bautheac had an extra spring in his step when he went into training on Monday after France’s win in the final of the FIFA World Cup™.
In a thrilling final in Moscow, Les Bleus proved too strong for a brave Croatia, emerging 4-2 winners to lift the FIFA World Cup™ for the second time in the nation’s history.
For Bautheac, who watched the match with some friends and a huge throng of compatriots at a local bar, it was an important win for the country which sparked jubilant scenes back in his homeland.
France were in the same group as the Caltex Socceroos, needing a penalty and an own goal to win 2-1 in Kazan in the opening match of Group C.
“It was not a good World Cup for us but we won it. We are very happy,” Bautheac said.
“For France, [we’re] a good team but when I watched the first game against Australia I thought it would be difficult to win the World Cup. “But France was more experienced than Croatia in the final and we won.
Bautheac added: “For French people it was an important game because football in France it’s the best sport.
“Everyone watches football, and yesterday was a very good fiesta for us. After the game I said ‘now I have to sleep because I haven’t slept too much’.”