Spain celebrates its Euro 2012 champs

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.

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)
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)
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)
Spain's team players leave a plane on arrival at Barajas airport in Madrid Monday July 2, 2012. Spain won the Euro 2012 soccer championship final against Italy in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday. (AP Photo/Paul White)
Spain's team players leave a plane on arrival at Barajas airport in Madrid Monday July 2, 2012. Spain won the Euro 2012 soccer championship final against Italy in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday. (AP Photo/Paul White)
Spain's team players leave a plane on arrival at Barajas airport in Madrid Monday July 2, 2012. Spain won the Euro 2012 soccer championship final against Italy in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday. (AP Photo/Paul White)
In this handout image supplied by the Royal Spanish Football Federation, (L-R) Pepe Reina, Santi Cazorla, Sergio Ramos and Xabi Alonso of Spain celebrate following their team's victory in the UEFA EURO 2012 final match against Italy onboard the Spain team's airplane during their flight back to Madrid on July 2, 2012 in flight. (Photo by Carmelo Rubio Sanchez/RFEF via Getty Images)
Euro champs
In this handout image supplied by the Royal Spanish Football Federation, (L-R) Pepe Reina, Santi Cazorla, Sergio Ramos and Xabi Alonso of Spain celebrate following their team's victory in the UEFA EURO 2012 final match against Italy onboard the Spain team's airplane during their flight back to Madrid on July 2, 2012 in flight. (Photo by Carmelo Rubio Sanchez/RFEF via Getty Images)
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)
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)
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)
Spain's team players leave a plane on arrival at Barajas airport in Madrid Monday July 2, 2012. Spain won the Euro 2012 soccer championship final against Italy in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday. (AP Photo/Paul White)
Spain's team players leave a plane on arrival at Barajas airport in Madrid Monday July 2, 2012. Spain won the Euro 2012 soccer championship final against Italy in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday. (AP Photo/Paul White)
Spain's team players leave a plane on arrival at Barajas airport in Madrid Monday July 2, 2012. Spain won the Euro 2012 soccer championship final against Italy in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday. (AP Photo/Paul White)
In this handout image supplied by the Royal Spanish Football Federation, (L-R) Pepe Reina, Santi Cazorla, Sergio Ramos and Xabi Alonso of Spain celebrate following their team's victory in the UEFA EURO 2012 final match against Italy onboard the Spain team's airplane during their flight back to Madrid on July 2, 2012 in flight. (Photo by Carmelo Rubio Sanchez/RFEF via Getty Images)
Euro champs
In this handout image supplied by the Royal Spanish Football Federation, (L-R) Pepe Reina, Santi Cazorla, Sergio Ramos and Xabi Alonso of Spain celebrate following their team's victory in the UEFA EURO 2012 final match against Italy onboard the Spain team's airplane during their flight back to Madrid on July 2, 2012 in flight. (Photo by Carmelo Rubio Sanchez/RFEF via Getty Images)
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)
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)
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)
Spain's team players leave a plane on arrival at Barajas airport in Madrid Monday July 2, 2012. Spain won the Euro 2012 soccer championship final against Italy in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday. (AP Photo/Paul White)
Spain's team players leave a plane on arrival at Barajas airport in Madrid Monday July 2, 2012. Spain won the Euro 2012 soccer championship final against Italy in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday. (AP Photo/Paul White)
Spain's team players leave a plane on arrival at Barajas airport in Madrid Monday July 2, 2012. Spain won the Euro 2012 soccer championship final against Italy in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday. (AP Photo/Paul White)
In this handout image supplied by the Royal Spanish Football Federation, (L-R) Pepe Reina, Santi Cazorla, Sergio Ramos and Xabi Alonso of Spain celebrate following their team's victory in the UEFA EURO 2012 final match against Italy onboard the Spain team's airplane during their flight back to Madrid on July 2, 2012 in flight. (Photo by Carmelo Rubio Sanchez/RFEF via Getty Images)
Euro champs
In this handout image supplied by the Royal Spanish Football Federation, (L-R) Pepe Reina, Santi Cazorla, Sergio Ramos and Xabi Alonso of Spain celebrate following their team's victory in the UEFA EURO 2012 final match against Italy onboard the Spain team's airplane during their flight back to Madrid on July 2, 2012 in flight. (Photo by Carmelo Rubio Sanchez/RFEF via Getty Images)
Spain's team players leave a plane on arrival at Barajas airport in Madrid Monday July 2, 2012. Spain won the Euro 2012 soccer championship final against Italy in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday. (AP Photo/Paul White)
Spain's team players leave a plane on arrival at Barajas airport in Madrid Monday July 2, 2012. Spain won the Euro 2012 soccer championship final against Italy in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday. (AP Photo/Paul White)
Spain's team players leave a plane on arrival at Barajas airport in Madrid Monday July 2, 2012. Spain won the Euro 2012 soccer championship final against Italy in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday. (AP Photo/Paul White)
In this handout image supplied by the Royal Spanish Football Federation, (L-R) Pepe Reina, Santi Cazorla, Sergio Ramos and Xabi Alonso of Spain celebrate following their team's victory in the UEFA EURO 2012 final match against Italy onboard the Spain team's airplane during their flight back to Madrid on July 2, 2012 in flight. (Photo by Carmelo Rubio Sanchez/RFEF via Getty Images)
Euro champs
In this handout image supplied by the Royal Spanish Football Federation, (L-R) Pepe Reina, Santi Cazorla, Sergio Ramos and Xabi Alonso of Spain celebrate following their team's victory in the UEFA EURO 2012 final match against Italy onboard the Spain team's airplane during their flight back to Madrid on July 2, 2012 in flight. (Photo by Carmelo Rubio Sanchez/RFEF via Getty Images)
Spain's team players leave a plane on arrival at Barajas airport in Madrid Monday July 2, 2012. Spain won the Euro 2012 soccer championship final against Italy in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday. (AP Photo/Paul White)
Spain's team players leave a plane on arrival at Barajas airport in Madrid Monday July 2, 2012. Spain won the Euro 2012 soccer championship final against Italy in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday. (AP Photo/Paul White)
Spain's team players leave a plane on arrival at Barajas airport in Madrid Monday July 2, 2012. Spain won the Euro 2012 soccer championship final against Italy in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday. (AP Photo/Paul White)
In this handout image supplied by the Royal Spanish Football Federation, (L-R) Pepe Reina, Santi Cazorla, Sergio Ramos and Xabi Alonso of Spain celebrate following their team's victory in the UEFA EURO 2012 final match against Italy onboard the Spain team's airplane during their flight back to Madrid on July 2, 2012 in flight. (Photo by Carmelo Rubio Sanchez/RFEF via Getty Images)
Euro champs
In this handout image supplied by the Royal Spanish Football Federation, (L-R) Pepe Reina, Santi Cazorla, Sergio Ramos and Xabi Alonso of Spain celebrate following their team's victory in the UEFA EURO 2012 final match against Italy onboard the Spain team's airplane during their flight back to Madrid on July 2, 2012 in flight. (Photo by Carmelo Rubio Sanchez/RFEF via Getty Images)
Spain's team players leave a plane on arrival at Barajas airport in Madrid Monday July 2, 2012. Spain won the Euro 2012 soccer championship final against Italy in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday. (AP Photo/Paul White)
Spain's team players leave a plane on arrival at Barajas airport in Madrid Monday July 2, 2012. Spain won the Euro 2012 soccer championship final against Italy in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday. (AP Photo/Paul White)
Spain's team players leave a plane on arrival at Barajas airport in Madrid Monday July 2, 2012. Spain won the Euro 2012 soccer championship final against Italy in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday. (AP Photo/Paul White)
In this handout image supplied by the Royal Spanish Football Federation, (L-R) Pepe Reina, Santi Cazorla, Sergio Ramos and Xabi Alonso of Spain celebrate following their team's victory in the UEFA EURO 2012 final match against Italy onboard the Spain team's airplane during their flight back to Madrid on July 2, 2012 in flight. (Photo by Carmelo Rubio Sanchez/RFEF via Getty Images)
Euro champs
In this handout image supplied by the Royal Spanish Football Federation, (L-R) Pepe Reina, Santi Cazorla, Sergio Ramos and Xabi Alonso of Spain celebrate following their team's victory in the UEFA EURO 2012 final match against Italy onboard the Spain team's airplane during their flight back to Madrid on July 2, 2012 in flight. (Photo by Carmelo Rubio Sanchez/RFEF via Getty Images)
Spain's team players leave a plane on arrival at Barajas airport in Madrid Monday July 2, 2012. Spain won the Euro 2012 soccer championship final against Italy in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday. (AP Photo/Paul White)
Spain's team players leave a plane on arrival at Barajas airport in Madrid Monday July 2, 2012. Spain won the Euro 2012 soccer championship final against Italy in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday. (AP Photo/Paul White)
Spain's team players leave a plane on arrival at Barajas airport in Madrid Monday July 2, 2012. Spain won the Euro 2012 soccer championship final against Italy in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday. (AP Photo/Paul White)
In this handout image supplied by the Royal Spanish Football Federation, (L-R) Pepe Reina, Santi Cazorla, Sergio Ramos and Xabi Alonso of Spain celebrate following their team's victory in the UEFA EURO 2012 final match against Italy onboard the Spain team's airplane during their flight back to Madrid on July 2, 2012 in flight. (Photo by Carmelo Rubio Sanchez/RFEF via Getty Images)
Euro champs
In this handout image supplied by the Royal Spanish Football Federation, (L-R) Pepe Reina, Santi Cazorla, Sergio Ramos and Xabi Alonso of Spain celebrate following their team's victory in the UEFA EURO 2012 final match against Italy onboard the Spain team's airplane during their flight back to Madrid on July 2, 2012 in flight. (Photo by Carmelo Rubio Sanchez/RFEF via Getty Images)

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