Spain Fans Party in the Streets

World Cup victory over the Netherlands sparks nationwide celebrations
By Marie Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 11, 2010 5:45 PM CDT
Spain Fans Party in the Streets
Spain's David Villa walks past supporters during celebrations after the World Cup final victory over the Netherlands at Soccer City in Johannesburg, Sunday, July 11, 2010. Spain won 1-0.   (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

Cries of "Viva Espana" are echoing through the streets of Spain as fans celebrate the national team's first World Cup title. "It's an extraordinary feeling, of happiness and nerves," one reveler in Madrid tells AFP. Says another: "We are very proud and very happy." Spotted in the crowd: a woman in an octopus costume, a tribute to Paul, the German octopus who predicted that Spain would wear the crown.
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