Spain keeps on celebrating Euro title

After the crowd's tribute, the Euro 2008 Spanish squad met officials for a congratulatory session with Spain's King Juan Carlos and Prime Minister Jose Luis Zapatero.


Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero Tuesday thanked the country's triumphant squad from Euro 2008 for making "all Spaniards happy," at an official reception in Madrid.

"You have made Spanish football great," he told the team at the government's Moncloa Palace headquarters.

"You have succeeded in making all of Spain and all Spaniards happy," he said.

"The proof is the way in which people reacted in the street," the prime minister said, referring to cheers and excitement that greeted the team when it was feted in a victory parade in an open-top bus through Madrid on Monday.

Spain beat Germany 1-0 in Vienna on Sunday to win Euro 2008, its first major international football trophy in 44 years.

Earlier, King Juan Carlos received the players, wearing dark suits and ties in contrast to the red team shirts they wore at Monday's parade, in the gardens of his Zarazuela Palace outside Madrid.

"We don't have a blanket to toss you in the air," the king joked to 69-year-old coach Luis Aragones, who had vowed to leave the job once the tournament was over.

Crown Prince Felipe noted that the cup that the team won on Sunday still smelt of champagne.

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