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PHOTOS: Spain celebrates Euro triumph

Last updated on: July 3, 2012 10:08 IST

PHOTOS: Spain celebrates Euro triumph

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Spaniards seized on their European Championship triumph as a source of restored national pride after months of economic anxieties, as celebrations reached fever pitch on Monday with a victory parade in the capital.

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Across the country many were looking forward to another night of revelry after Spain thrashed Italy 4-0 on Sunday, becoming the first team to win two Euro titles in a row, with a World Cup in between.


Photographs: Javier Barbancho/Reuters

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Yo soy Espanol fills the streets of Madrid

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The team arrived back in Madrid on Monday afternoon. After visiting King Juan Carlos I, the players were cheered by tens of thousand of fans during a lap of the capital and a party near the central fountain of Cibeles, the scene of euphoric celebrations on Sunday that stretched into the early hours.

The game also drew a record television audience of nearly 15.5 million people, broadcaster Telecinco said.

However, even amid the car honking and chants of "Yo soy Espanol" (I am Spanish) filling the streets of Madrid and other cities, worries about Spain's recession-hit economy were never far from people's minds.


Image: Spain's King Juan Carlos and Crown Prince Felipe (second left) looks at Infanta Sofia (bottom right) as she puts her arm into the Euro 2012 trophy next to Infanta Leonor (left) during a visit of the national soccer team members to Madrid's Zarzuela Palace
Photographs: Dominique Faget/Reuters

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Victory dedicated to Spaniards suffering from the economic crisis

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Several of the players dedicated the victory to Spaniards suffering from the economic crisis.

National morale took a beating when Spain was forced to ask for a European rescue for its ailing banks last month.

Many were now looking to the historic achievement of the national soccer team as a source of inspiration for the tough months ahead, with lessons to be drawn from the squad's performance for Spaniards and their politicians.


Image: Spain's national soccer team players celebrate their Euro 2012 victory on an open top bus during a parade in downtown Madrid
Photographs: Susana Vera/Reuters
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Invincible Spain

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"Let us mature amid the complexity of these difficult days we're living in and let us learn from yesterday's resounding victory everything that makes us stronger, better, freer, more just and, even, happier," wrote one commentator in the right-leaning newspaper ABC.

Like many of the leading dailies, it dedicated the first 10 pages of Monday's edition to coverage of the game and celebrations, under the headline "Invincible Spain".


Image: Spain's national soccer team players Sergio Ramos (right) and Jesus Navas celebrate
Photographs: Andrea Comas/Reuters

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'Spain is eternal, like the songs that stay with us when love passes'

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Others waxed lyrical, about everything from the ethics to the style displayed by the players, with special editions drowned in red and yellow lettering and pictures of the Spanish flag.

"Spain is eternal, like the songs that stay with us when love passes," wrote El Mundo, likening Spain's goals to the beats in a melody.


Photographs: Javier Barbancho/Reuters

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The solution to our problems: Del Bosque and his ministers

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But it also took a shot at politicians, with a cartoon showing the soccer team lined up for an official photo on the steps of the Moncloa, the prime minister's residence, above the caption: "The solution to our problems: the government of (coach) Del Bosque and his ministers."

Spain has had to ask for up to 100 billion euros in European Union support for its banks and the right-wing government of Mariano Rajoy is also struggling to rein in a gaping deficit.

Deep spending cuts and the handling of the country's banking turmoil -- with big bailouts for lenders linked to politicians -- has sparked public anger, while the European rescue and economic worries left many anxious.


Photographs: Andrea Comas/Reuters

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