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Spain celebrates winning World Cup

07-12-2010 09:53 BJT Special Report:World Cup 2010 |

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Festive celebrations are spreading across Spain after the national football team won its first World Cup. Almost 300-thousand fans packed Madrid's downtown area to watch the final on a giant TV screen.

Many endured sweltering temperatures of nearly 40 degrees Celsius from early in the day...just to get the best spots in front of the screens. Fans erupted at the final whistle, as Spain became the first-ever WORLD... AND European champions. Long tagged a perennial under-achiever... before winning the 2008 European Championship, Spain had previously never advanced... beyond the World Cup quarterfinals.

Spain head coach Vicente Del Bosque holds the World Cup trophy at the end of the World Cup final soccer match between the Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City in Johannesburg, South Africa, Sunday, July 11, 2010. Spain won 1-0.(AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
Spain head coach Vicente Del Bosque holds the World Cup trophy at 
the end of the World Cup final soccer match between the Netherlands
and Spain at Soccer City in Johannesburg, South Africa, Sunday, 
July 11, 2010. Spain won 1-0.(AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)


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