French local David Barbier was grateful to have the day off yesterday, so he could celebrate his country’s epic football World Cup win.
David rose just before 3am Monday morning with his two young sons Melvyn and Tilio, to witness France claim its second World Cup crown, defeating Croatia 4-2 in Moscow.
“I’m beautiful, I have a very good feeling today.”
After seeing millions of people flood the streets of Paris in celebration, David says a part of him wishes he was back home joining the party. However, he plans on quietly toasting Les Bleus at some stage today.
He says, with just over 30 per cent possession, it wasn’t a clinical performance.
“But who cares how we won it, we won it. We are Champions. We have a second star on our jersey now and that will be there forever.”
David says France’s journey to the final had been a tough run.
“I have been following all the games, waking up early, it hasn’t been an easy one for France.”
The local chef says, while he was picking France to progress past the group stage, he had no idea they would be making an appearance in the final.
David left France in 1999, the year after their inaugural World Cup victory, but his passion for Les Bleus has never wavered.
He says that after a long journey he was looking forward to catching up on a bit of sleep.
“I can relax now.”
Earlier in the week, David met with local football coach Davor Tavich, a native of Croatia, to discuss the relative prospects of their sides heading into the final.
The pair both agreed that the two best teams in the competition were rightfully contesting football’s grandest prize.
Unfortunately for Davor, it was David celebrating in the early hours of Monday morning.