World Cup 2018: The Biggest Croatian Celebs and Famous French Fans to Watch During the Final
By Meredith B. Kile
Soccer fans from England and Belgium were left disappointed this week, as their beloved national teams suffered losses in the semifinal round of the 2018 World Cup. But two powerhouse squads remain -- France and Croatia will go head to head on Saturday for World Cup glory, and their fans around the world will be rooting them on.
Despite the somewhat unexpected championship matchup -- Croatia was only given a seven percent chance to make the final game, and three percent to win, at the start of the tournament -- a surprising number of celebs and famous athletes have a rooting interest in either the Croatian or French team, due to patriotic pride or family heritage. Here's a look at a few of the famous French fans and Croatian celebs to be watching during the final showdown of World Cup 2018:
Veep star Anna Chlumsky, whose mother is Croatian, has also used her Twitter account to show support for "Vatreni," sharing simply "Wahoooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" when the Croats defeated England in the semifinals.
Vatreni! My heart can't take this! @FIFAWorldCup ❤️🇭🇷!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
30 Rock star and stand-up comedian Judah Friedlander also has Croatian heritage on his mother's side, and shared his support for the team after the semifinal win.
"Much love to england, that was a tough result - but my mom's croatian-american, so im rooting for croatia," Friedlander wrote. "Congrats on an amazing win croatia! next it's time win over france in a rematch of the 1998 semi-final. #hrvastka#Croatia#ENGCRO."
much love to england, that was a tough result - but my mom's croatian-american, so im rooting for croatia. congrats on an amazing win croatia! next it's time win over france in a rematch of the 1998 semi-final. #hrvastka#Croatia#ENGCRO
Shark Tank star Robert Herjavec was born in Croatia before his family emigrated to Canada, and the businessman has delighted in cheering on his home country throughout their thrilling World Cup run. He celebrated with a hilarious pic on a British Airways flight on Jul. 11, after Vatreni defeated the Three Lions in the semifinals.
"Just landed on British Airways back home !" Herjavec captioned a grinning pic with a glum stewardess. "Finals here we come - if we are nothing else we are resilient, us Croatians !! #CRO#WorldCup2018@lukamodric10 so proud ! My BA crew not so happy !"
To all my dear LA Brit friends - all 2 of you - all have to say is .... there is always next year ... I mean 4 years from now - GREAT GAME though !❤️💕🏴💕🏴🇭🇷🏴🇭🇷🏴🇭🇷 https://t.co/6oQflp1dU1
On the French side, Guardians of the Galaxy star Pom Klementieff celebrated her home country's final draw with a glamour shot of her holding a massive soccer ball. "Waiting for the final of the World Cup like... #allezlesbleus."
DJ David Guetta shared his celebratory spirit after France beat Belgium in the semifinals, posting several pics of the celebrations in Paris with the caption, "La plus grosse fête de tous les temps se prépare."
And the New York Knicks celebrated the Croatia-France finals with a friendly shot of teammates Mario Hezonja and Frank Ntilikina, who will be rivals for the day when their home countries take on each other in the finals.