Spain celebrates its Euro 2012 champs

Associated Press
Spanish fans celebrate during the viewing of Euro 2012 soccer championship final match between Spain and Italy at the Fan Zone in Madrid, Spain, Sunday, July 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

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Swathed in the red-and-yellow colors of Spain, tens of thousands packed central Madrid to give a hero's welcome on July 2 to "La Roja" — the national soccer team that erased the country's gloomy mood by winning the Euro 2012 Championship with such flair.