13 Jul 2010

Victorious World Cup team arrive home

3:23 pm on 13 July 2010

Spain's victorious World Cup squad has landed in Madrid amid scenes of joyous celebration.

Their team plane carried the message 'Champions' on its side and large Spanish flags filled the cockpit windows.

Team captain Iker Casillas was first off the plane, holding the World Cup trophy aloft.

Fans waiting to greet them had to be sprayed with water by firemen to cool them down, amid temperatures approaching 40 degrees Celsius.

The flight landed at 1.38pm local time and the players then had dinner and a siesta before meeting Spain's royal family and Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero.

More than one million fans later lined the streets when the team toured Madrid in an open top bus on Monday.

Spain beat the Netherlands 1-0 in extra time in South Africa on Sunday, sparking ecstatic celebrations by Spanish people across the world.

The victory was Spain's first World Cup win and the government hopes it will flow into the country's faltering economy.

Spain is facing a debt crisis and the government has had to introduce tough austerity measures.

Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos says the effects of the victory should help Spain's economy and trade, which will contribute to a full economic recovery.