The Spanish basketball team returned from Japan last night world champions following their victory against Greece 47 – 70 in the world cup final on Sunday. The main celebrations took place in the Plaza de Castilla in the centre of Madrid.
The team arrived from Japan at around midnight and were taken to the Plaza de Castilla in an open top bus with the slogan ‘Spain champions of the world’ written on the side. Cheering fans lined the streets on the way to the plaza.
The players wearing their gold medals and shirts inscribed with ‘golden boys’ expressed thanks to their fans who have supported them all the way.
It has been estimated that around 100,000 fans turned out to celebrate the team’s return. Thousands waited patiently in the Plaza de Castilla ready to welcome the players back with chants of ‘champions, champions’. The celebrations ended around 2am with fireworks.