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Spain Celebrates World Cup Champions

MADRID (AP) - Spain's prime minister says the national team may have won soccer's World Cup, but it belongs to all Spaniards.

The country is celebrating its biggest fiesta in memory, after months of economic gloom and political squabbling between nationalist regions and the central government.

Hundreds of thousands of people wearing the national colors jammed Madrid's historic avenues today to see the team ride through town on an open air bus.

During a visit to the Royal Palace, King Juan Carlos called the team "an example of sportsmanship, nobility, good play and team work."

After the palace stop, the team traveled to government headquarters to meet with the prime minister and hundreds of children invited to the event.

Spain beat the Netherlands 1-0 in extra time in Johannesburg yesterday for Spain's first title.


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