After Sunday’s historic 1-0 victory over hosts France in the Euro 2016 final, Portugal have arrived back in Lisbon with thousands of supporters waiting at the airport give them a hero’s welcome.
The Portuguese fans decorated in shirts, scarves and flags, all red and green, flocked in their masses to the Humberto Delgado Airport with many being forced to wait outside of the perimeter fencing just to get a glimpse of their idols.
Players boarded a flight called “Champ16” in Paris early on Monday morning along with the famous Henri Delaunay trophy and the plane itself was named Eusebio in honour of Portugal’s first footballing icon who died in 2014.
A message saying “Together we fly away” was painted on the side of the aircraft and it was escorted by the Air Force, who in a similar manner to the renowned ‘Red Arrows’ decorated the sky with red and green smoke.
As the national anthem was played over the loudspeaker, inevitably there was a hearty rendition of the Queen classic, ‘We are the Champions,’
After soaking up the atmosphere, the players were whisked off to the Palace of Belem to be greeted by the Portuguese president, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, where they were all awarded the title of ‘Commander,’ the main civil distinction in the country.
At the conclusion of the meeting, an open top bus parade was next on the agenda with all the main points of Lisbon scheduled to be visited, included the central square of Marques de Pombal.
The evening will come to an end once the victorious team reaches Alameda where a stage has been erected and the players will lead the party in a similar way to how Germany celebrated their World Cup victory two years’ ago.
Originally Published on Marca
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