Croatia has been a nation for 27-years, part of the old Eastern Block which broke off from the USSR.
Ritual = 27; Soccer = 27; French = 27
Their greatest soccer honor 27-years-later
They will now face the French team.... French = 27 (Rev. Reduction)
7/11/2018 = 7+11+(2+0+1+8) = 27
Consider in 2018, 20-years later, they are playing in their first World Cup championship, against France. Sounds like they couldn't' have scripted it any better, especially with the championship being in Russia.