One young woman used a red-and-white Croatian flag to wipe tears from her eyes as a female friend, also crying, put her arm around her. "We are a bit sad, but we have to be proud as well for what we've done".
"We will realize what has happened tomorrow", he said after his players stormed the news conference twice to douse him with champagne.
"The collective is always important but there are individual players who have made the difference", he said, naming Mbappe and man-of-the-match Antoine Griezmann.
"I think our guys already did the best possible for all of us, for our little country". It's just a lot of smiling faces and a lot of crying. At 4-1 [in Sunday's match], I never stopped believing.
"To beat an Argentina team with Lionel Messi, a Uruguay side with Luis Suarez, with Diego Godin that also does the frightful stuff, to beat a Belgium side with Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne, Romelu Lukaku. they've come through everything".
BITTER EXPERIENCE: Losing 1-0 to Portugal in the final of the European Championship on home soil two years ago was agonizing for Les Bleus and made them even more motivated to win now. And there were times when France was like LeBron James, posting highlight-reel triple doubles and making it look easy.
But the spirits of the almost one thousand people, mostly from the local Croatian community here in Edmonton, who had shown up to the club on early Sunday morning were not dampened.
"They are really together - one team and one heart".
There were bacon and eggs on offer but Vicelich said he wouldn't be eating until after the final whistle.
"My memory is that great football nations had some difficulty to start but they were getting more and more powerful, this is different today".
African football fans who have been speaking to Ghanaweb after France defeated Croatia to lift the 2018 World Cup say they feel connected to the French team because of the number of players of African decent in the squad.