x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 27 July 2017

Spanish heroes in royal return

European champions Spain continued their homecoming celebrations with flair as they were greeted by the Spanish royal family in Madrid.

The Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero talks with Luis Aragones during a press conference at the Moncloa palace.
The Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero talks with Luis Aragones during a press conference at the Moncloa palace.

European champions Spain continued their homecoming celebrations with royal flair, as departing coach Luis Aragones predicted Spain's brand of football will bring them more success. Aragones and the 23 players, assistant coaches and Spanish football federation staff were welcomed by the Spanish royal family and the country's prime minister upon landing in Madrid, following the team's 1-0 victory over Germany on Sunday which handed Spain their first major title since 1964. Aragones said: "there isn't a team in the world that plays with the touch and precision that we do." The squad was received by the Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguea Zapatero. The Spanish royal family congratulated each player individually before Zapatero lauded the team's talent and effort.

*AP