“After meeting in Oviedo the jury for the Asturias Sports Award are unanimous in the decision to hand the Prince of Asturias Prize for Sport to the Spanish international football team, after winning the European championship in 2008 and the World Cup in 2010 in so doing the team has created a style of play admired across the globe.”
So announced the former Spanish water polo player Manuel Estiarte, head of the Asturias prize jury.
Spain arrived back in Madrid on the 12th of July, just 24 hours after beating the Dutch by one goal to nil in the World Cup final in Johannesburg.Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta sent the country into raptures with his extra time goal, which handed Spain their first ever World Cup victory.
Hundreds of thousands thronged the streets of Madrid to welcome back the team and to share in the collective glory.
The reaction to the win by the country marked a seismic shift in attitudes to the national flag of Spain, which prior to July was long considered a symbol of the Franco regime.
When one sees the quality within the Spanish side one can expect plenty more flag waving to come.