Thousands of Portuguese have received this Monday at selection at the airport and in the city of Lisbon to celebrate Portugal’s first national team title, after conquering the European Football Championship by winning the final of Paris to France, the hostess, 1-0, with goal of Éder, a substitute, a scorer who throughout the whole season had only scored seven goals.
THE PLANE ‘EUSEBIO’
Dressed in T-shirts, scarves and red and green flags, fans crowded into the airport building Humberto Delgado and against the outer fences to see the plane in which the players and the trophy were traveling, aboard a flight called ‘Champ16’, which was received with two huge jets of water, red and green, that formed an arc under the that passed the plane of the champion team. The plane, baptized ‘Eusebio’, In honor of the legendary Portuguese soccer player who died in 2014, looked like the message: “Together we fly away”.
THE CHAMPIONS, CONDECORATED
The fans, coming from all corners of the country, received the players shouting “Champions, we are champions!” and chanted the national anthem, while the ‘We are the champions’ of the British band Queen sounded. From the airport, the team moved to the Belém Palace to be received by the Portuguese president, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousathat will grant the title of ‘commander’, the main civil distinction that can be granted in Portugal.
After the reception with the head of state, the players toured the main points of Lisbon aboard a convertible bus, which passed through the central Marqués de Pombal square, Avenida Liberdade and ended up in the Alameda Dom Afonso Henriques, before a crowd that has cheered the champions.