Plenty of praise to go around in celebrating Spain
Joy aplenty in Spain. Of course, there's the small matter of la Roja retaining the European Championships, making history by winning three successive major tournaments and in doing so becoming the greatest team that there has ever been.
However, there's even more reason to knock back the beers back in the homeland of the bestest team on the planet: both the Barcelona and Real Madrid media are able to share the spoils in their respective teamÃ¢ÂÂs contributions to SpainÃ¢ÂÂs glorious moment.
Relations between the camps normally resembles that of Teddy Sheringham and Andy Cole: they're hardly going to hug each other in celebrating success, but they are capable of working together when required. ThatÃ¢ÂÂs especially been the case over the past four years, when Spain have been doing rather well and the Barcelona press have been able to hang that success on the contribution of the players from the Catalan club.
(Not all Catalans are delighted: Joan Laporta's former vice president Alfons Godall branded them Ã¢ÂÂmercenariesÃ¢ÂÂ for celebrating SpainÃ¢ÂÂs win. That's not entirely accurate from the nasty meanie-head, considering itÃ¢ÂÂs very much a case of "chequeÃ¢ÂÂs in the post" when it comes to the national team players getting paid by the Spanish FA.)
MondayÃ¢ÂÂs edition of Sport joined the jubilant mood across the land, with Joan Vehils writing that Ã¢ÂÂthey may be small and little but nevertheless they are enormous footballers and greats both on and off the pitch.Ã¢ÂÂ The reaction of Mundo Deportivo to SundayÃ¢ÂÂs victory was to attribute the victory to Xavi and co finally getting it together. Ã¢ÂÂWhen the BarÃÂ§a brain gets going, the national side reaches a level that the world envies,Ã¢ÂÂ writes Lobo Carrasco.
AS and Marca are in full-on la-la land mood, with the former's front page branding la Roja as Ã¢ÂÂthe best team in historyÃ¢ÂÂ. Inside, thereÃ¢ÂÂs a tearful tribute from Javier Matallanes, who delights that Ã¢ÂÂmy Roja, my beloved Spain are legends. La Roja are eternal.Ã¢ÂÂ In his editorial, Alfredo RelaÃÂ±o brings things down to earth a tad, referencing the conomic crisis by noting that Ã¢ÂÂfootball doesnÃ¢ÂÂt offer solutions, but instead it brings joy.Ã¢ÂÂ
MarcaÃ¢ÂÂs front cover boasts of Ã¢ÂÂSpain and nobody elseÃ¢ÂÂ with the paper's editorial in joyous mood over Ã¢ÂÂa triumph of a way of playing football, of a style and of an exemplary group of people lead by the best of all, Vicente del Bosque.Ã¢ÂÂ
The one downside of the win and everything that goes with the triumph is that the fact that there simply isnÃ¢ÂÂt enough time to brag about finally beating Ã¢ÂÂ nay, destroying Ã¢ÂÂ Italy for the first time over 90 minutes in a competitive match. Instead, focus and attention have been split between the contributions of Cesc Fabregas and AndrÃÂ©s Iniesta or Sergio Ramos and Iker Casillas.
But itÃ¢ÂÂs a fine situation to be in, with more than enough praise to go around for everyone.