Vicente del Bosque and his all-conquering World Cup-winning squad have arrived back home in Madrid with the trophy.
Huge crowds gathered at Barajas airport to see their triumphant stars return home as Spain captain Iker Casillas and coach Del Bosque were the first to emerge from the plane after landing.
The squad are set to attend a reception hosted by Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero and will enjoy an open-top bus parade around the streets of the capital, where over a million people are expected to gather.
The two hour parade will end at the Puente del Rey where celebrations will no doubt run into the small hours of Tuesday morning.
Fractious regional issues were put to one side as the country celebrated its first ever World Cup triumph on Sunday night.
In Barcelona thousands of Catalans wearing Spanish strips rejoiced at Andres Iniesta’s 116th minute winner, as Barca supporters celebrated one of their own making history, Espanyol supporters acknowledged the 26-year-old’s emotional dedication to their late captain Dani Jarque.
“I am Spanish and I am proud to be Spanish. The Catalan extremism has gone too far. It’s a good thing there are some Barca players in the team, but this triumph is one for the whole country,” said one fan.


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