Spain's World Cup-winning squad arrived back in Madrid to a hero’s welcome on Monday after their triumph in South Africa. The team met with Prime Minister Jose Luis Zapatero before embarking on a celebratory open-top bus trip through the capital.
Michel Platini, the head of the Union of European Football Associations, was released from a Johannesburg hospital on Saturday after remaining overnight. Platini took ill while dining at a local restaurant on Friday.
France's new national football coach Laurent Blanc (pictured) said it was not up to him to discipline players who went on strike during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, just days before the country's early dismissal from the tournament.