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Croatia gears up to give heroes' welcome to World Cup team

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) Fans are pouring in from throughout the country as Croatia gears up to give a heroes' welcome on Monday to the national team despite its loss to France in the World Cup final.

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 Russia.

Waving Croatian flags and dressed in national red-and-white colors, many have arrived at the square hours ahead of the planned ceremony.

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