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Spanish fans celebrate during the viewing of Euro 2012 soccer championship final match between Spain and Italy at the Fan Zone in Madrid, Spain, Sunday, July 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

Spain celebrates its Euro 2012 champs

Swathed in the red-and-yellow colors of Spain, tens of thousands packed central Madrid

to give a hero's welcome on July 2 to "La Roja" — the national soccer team

that erased the country's gloomy mood by winning the Euro 2012

Championship with such flair.