Thousands celebrate Real's Champions League title

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 25, 2014 at 5:40 pm •  Published: May 25, 2014
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MADRID (AP) — About 50,000 Real Madrid fans packed the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium on Sunday to celebrate the club's record 10th European Cup with a blockbuster show befitting its galactico image.

Real beat city rival Atletico Madrid 4-1 after extra time Saturday night in the Champions League final to set off the celebrations, which carried on through the Spanish capital night after the European champions arrived home in the early hours.

The celebration started with the team's open-top bus cruising into Cibeles Square, where team captains Iker Casillas and Sergio Ramos draped a club flag around the statue in the center of the fountain as Real does after every trophy victory.

The party continued later Sunday night at the Bernabeu, where a laser show and the chants of thousands of fans honored Madrid's players and coaching staff in a rock concert atmosphere.

Coach Carlo Ancelotti led the crowd in singing a celebratory song that was recorded especially for the occasion. Madrid had already recorded the song before ending its obsessive 12-year wait for "La Decima" with Saturday's victory in Lisbon.