Two days after their great and thumping victory over Italy, Spaniards are still celebrating. They have become the first country in Europe to win three major tournaments including FIFA soccer world cup and Euro tournament in a row.
This is a big achievement and it will take some time before the celebrations end. The whole Spain team played great soccer throughout the tournament and came up with their best performance in the final Italy. On the other hand Italy failed completely to match the sheer soccer skills of Spain team. After an unexpected victory against Germany Italy were expected to peak in the final.
But disappointingly the peak had come and gone well before they set their feet on the stadium in Kiev for the finals.
The 4-0 win for Spain against Italy was simply not expected after their valiant victory against Germany in the semis. And the huge win has prompted the soccer fans in Spain to take to street to show their joy and happiness for the win. The massive reception in Madrid climaxed celebrations for the title won Sunday in Ukraine and was the final ecstatic moment of almost 24 hours of partying all around the country. After all-night celebrations following the 4-0 triumph over Italy, the Spanish team took the plane from Kiev and landed at the Madrid airport at 3.40 p.m. Team captain and goalkeeper Iker Casillas emerged first from the airplane carrying the championship cup, together with manager Vicente Del Bosque.
The team was given more than royal reception by ecstatic fans and government officials. From the airport the winning team marched to the airport hotel for a brief rest, then left for the Zarzuela Palace where they met for about an hour with King Juan Carlos. Members of the Spanish squad then climbed onto an open-top bus to make their way downtown for the celebration with fans.
The beautifully done bus began its journey in the midst of hundreds of thousands of people who had descended on the scene. Once at Cibeles, the players mounted the huge stage where, in the hours before their arrival and to make the wait more bearable, several musical acts had performed including Dover, Melocos, David Bisbal and Manuel Carrasco. The celebration reached the point of delirium when backup goalkeeper Pepe Reina acted as master of ceremonies to present, one by one, the 22 members of the Spanish championship squad. The win was memorable and the celebrations matched its intensity. Men, women and children all were visibly happy trying to forget the crippling economic pressure that they are facing at the moment.