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The Prime Minister of Spain, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, congratulated the Spanish national team on their EURO 2008 title triumph at the Palacio de la Moncloa...

Zapatero was delighted to play host to Luis Aragones and the Spanish national team, along with a number of important ministers who are also associated with the sport in one way or another.

The Prime Minister praised the Spanish squad for their "work, talent, effort and modesty", values that were put together for Spain to reach their goal and to "give happiness to all the Spanish people."

Zapatero received the national team with a setting that was prepared for the occasion. He showed off the trophy that Spain won on Sunday to the masses. He congratulated each individual player, and Luis Aragones, who along with team captain, Iker Casillas, was the most acclaimed.

"At times reality is better than dreams, and for many Spaniards winning this title seemed almost impossible, but with confidence, a will to win, team spirit, modesty, and a great coach [Aragones] it was possible," he explained.

He also declared that he believes it is only the beginning of greater things for La Seleccion.

"It is the start of the best moments of the national team. It is the best moment of Spanish sport, and we feel very proud because they are giving Spain a great image all around Europe," he concluded.

With the country engulfed by confidence in the wake of their triumph in Austria and Switzerland, it could not be more clear: Spain's next big objective is the 2010 World Cup.

Gregory Sica

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