Joyous Spain Welcomes Champs
World Cup victory overrides months of grinding economic, political woes
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 12, 2010 1:20 PM CDT
Spain's captain Iker Casillas shows the World Cup trophy to the daughters of Prince Felipe, third right, and Princess Letizia, fourth right, as Queen Sofia, right, looks on.   (AP Photo/Paul White)
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(Newser) – Spain set aside months of economic doldrums and fractious politics today to give a jubilant and resounding welcome home to its victorious World Cup team, reports the AP. The team was making the rounds with politicians and royalty, children and grateful cops alike ahead of an open-air parade through the center of downtown Madrid, where several hundred thousand fans were expected.

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