2014 World Cup winning captain Philipp Lahm was in Moscow to hand over the trophy.
Tens of thousands of people are expected to attend the celebrations at the central square in the capital Zagreb after the players fly in from Russian Federation.
Today the nation's wearing them - the red checkers are everywhere, even the airline staff have swapped their EasyJet orange for red and white - some fans have even painted the pattern on their sweaty heads (it's 29 degrees today).
The Frenchman was accused of taunting Croatia after celebrating his goal with a "Take the L" dance from the popular video game Fortnite. Sunday's match stood at 2-1 to France at halftime and both as unusually theatrical but also seeking some credibility.
"In our team there are many players who come from different horizons, but we have the same state of mind".
Former Tasman Makos Rugby coach Gary Stevens, who was in Dubrovnik Square with his family, said the Croatians reminded him a lot of All Blacks supporters.
Commenting on the controversial penalty that fetched France a goal, Dalić says, "I never comment on refereeing, but let me say one sentence..." We are proud to be French, to be Blues.
Hema Paupiah, a French-speaker from Mauritius, said she blown away by the energy in the room.
Her friend Nouria, from Paris, piped in: "Also, to see all these people cheering for France, it's like being at home".
"Modrić is the king", fans chanted in tribute.
Griezmann was in the France team that missed out on glory two years ago, coming up short against an unfancied Portugal team, and he said Didier Deschamps' squad had worked on issues identified in the aftermath of that defeat. But for the moment, over to France for the celebrations.
"I dreamed to have that since the beginning".