30 May 2011

Barca arrive home to heroes welcome

5:59 am on 30 May 2011

Barcelona's triumphant footballers touched down in the Catalan capital with the club's fourth European Cup on Monday and jumped into the open top bus that will take them on a victory parade to their Nou Camp stadium.

Sunday's 3-1 victory over Manchester United, a second Champions League triumph in three years and a fourth continental crown following successes in 1992 and 2006, capped a season in which they also claimed a third successive Spanish league title and reached the final of the King's Cup.

They flew back from London in a plane decorated in the club colours with huge pictures of the players adorning the side and touched down at the city's El Prat airport at around 4 p.m. local time.

The party at the Nou Camp will then kick off after the bus winds its way up from the port to the giant arena along streets lined with ecstatic fans.