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Spain land in Madrid with Cup to start festivities

Last updated on: July 12, 2010 20:00 IST

Champions back home to start celebrations

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Spain captain Iker Casillas was first out of the aeroplane and held the World Cup aloft at the top of the steps as the team arrived back in Madrid for the start of the official celebrations Monday.

Spain won the World Cup for the first time, beating Netherlands 1-0 after extra time in South Africa Sunday, and soon after were winging their way back home.

The plane landed at Madrid's Barajas airport at about 3 p.m. (BST) where they were greeted by hundreds of airport workers who were waving flags and chanting "Champions" in temperatures that were touching 40 degrees Celsuis.


Image: Spain's captain Iker Casillas lifts the World Cup trophy after arriving at Madrid's Barajas airport
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Team to meet Spanish PM

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The squad quickly boarded a bus on the apron and were taken to a hotel in the city centre to change in preparation for an audience with King Juan Carlos, who had been unable to attend the final in Johannesburg on doctors' orders after an illness.

After that, the team will meet Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, who was also unable to make it to Soccer City stadium, before setting off round the streets of the capital in an open-topped bus.

The bus tour finishes at a specially erected stage on the banks of the river Manzanares where the party will get underway from about 2000 GMT in front of thousands of fans, many of whom were already taking up their places.


Image: Spain's soccer team players arrive at Madrid's Barajas airport

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Iniesta the hero

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Andres Iniesta took his penchant for scoring dramatic goals to new heights on Sunday when the midfielder smashed home the winner deep into extra time to give Spain their first World Cup triumph.

The shy, pale lad from Fuentealbilla near Albacete stirred memories of his stunning Champions League effort at Chelsea in the 2008/09 season when he controlled a Cesc Fabregas pass and drove the ball past Netherlands keeper Maarten Stekelenburg.

It was the only goal in a crushingly tense final.

"It's unbelievable, incredible," an emotional Iniesta said moments before Spain captain Iker Casillas hoisted the gilded trophy.

"It took a lot of energy. To win a World Cup is an indescribable feeling," added the midfielder.


Image: Spain's soccer player Andres Iniesta arrives at Madrid's Barajas airport

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Spain set record of fewest goals for Cup winners

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Spain's 1-0 extra time victory over Netherlands in the World Cup final left them with a probably unwanted record of the fewest goals ever scored by the winners of the tournament.

Spain scored just eight goals in their seven games in South Africa, three less than the previous record low of 11 -- shared by Italy in 1938 (four games), England in 1966 (six games) and Brazil in 1994 (seven games).

Spain lost their opening Group H game to Switzerland 1-0, beat Honduras 2-0 and Chile 2-1 in their other group games, and then achieved 1-0 victories in the knockout rounds against Portugal, Paraguay, Germany and Netherlands.

Spain also became the first team to win the World Cup after losing their opening match.

The tournament was first held in 1930 and has been contested 19 times now.


Image: Spain team lifts the World Cup trophy

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