July 16, 2018 / 10:04 AM / 4 months ago

Paris subway changes names to honour World Cup champs

PARIS, July 16 (Reuters) - France’s soccer coach will have a subway train station named after him to celebrate his World Cup win and poet Victor Hugo will have to share his memorial slot on Paris’s transport map with the team’s goalkeeper and captain.

As “Les Bleus” headed home with the World Cup trophy on Monday, the French capital’s RATP transport authority said it was renaming six metro subway stations in their honour for the day.

One station, Notre-Dame des Champs, will now be called Notre Didier Deschamps (Our Didier Deschamps), in an hommage to the coach.

Didier Deschamps is one of just three men in the history of the World Cup to take the trophy as team coach after winning it as a player - he helped the team to its first victory in the tournament in 1998.

Victor Hugo station is being renamed Victor Hugo Lloris after captain and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

Bercy station will become “Bercy les Bleus”, close to “Merci Les Bleus”.

“Les Bleus” are returning on Monday from World Cup host country Russia to celebrate their victory with a parade on the Champs Elysees.

At one end of that avenue another subway stop called “Charles de Gaulle - Etoile” is being renamed “On a 2 Étoiles”, replacing the wartime leader with the boast “We have two stars”, one for each World Cup win.

With demand for the French team jersey surging, police urged crowds to move away from the entrance of the Nike shop on the Champs Elysees early on Monday.

England, which surprised many by getting as far as the semis, has changed Southgate station on the London Underground to Gareth Southgate Station in honour of the national coach. (Reporting By Brian Love Editing by Ingrid Melander)

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