There were jubilant scenes in Madrid as Spaniards thronged the streets to celebrate their football team’s victory in Euro 2008. The party lasted all night after a 1-0 win over Germany brought the country its first major title in 44 years.
Many seemed barely able to believe it was true.
“It’s incredible, simply incredible,” said one fan. “It’s the best thing that could have happened to us.”
But it was not all good-natured. Police fired rubber bullets and made several arrests as they clashed with some fans, reportedly from far-right groups.
Hospitals were also busy. Dozens of people were injured, one of them seriously.
And all the German fans who had packed Berlin to watch the match had nothing to celebrate at all.
However, they were gracious in defeat.
“Spain definitely deserved to win. We didn’t play well, didn’t attack and we didn’t put any pressure on in the last minutes,” admitted one man. “Congratulations to Spain. They played nice soccer.”