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'Sí, sí, sí, la copa ja està aquí!'

Published: Thursday 18 May 2006, 15.11CET
The city of Barcelona is waking up to a UEFA Champions League-sized hangover after a night of revelry greeted Frank Rijkaard's side's triumph in Paris.
by Lucy Turner
from Barcelona

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Published: Thursday 18 May 2006, 15.11CET

'Sí, sí, sí, la copa ja està aquí!'

The city of Barcelona is waking up to a UEFA Champions League-sized hangover after a night of revelry greeted Frank Rijkaard's side's triumph in Paris.

The city of Barcelona is waking up to a UEFA Champions League hangover after a night of celebration greeted Frank Rijkaard's side's success in Paris.

Dramatic victory
The 15,000 crowd who watched the final on giant screens at FC Barcelona's Mini Estadi training ground might have feared the worst when Sol Campbell opened the scoring for ten-man Arsenal FC after 37 minutes but goals from Samuel Eto'o and Juliano Belletti quickly dried any premature tears.

Belletti surprised
The tireless Belletti's effort was saluted by newspaper Diario AS as "the triumph of the working class" while the player himself was helped by a team-mate's premonition. "Ronaldinho told me beforehand that I would score, but it's not something a defender usually does," he said. "I'm so happy!"

Spain celebrates
As Carles Puyol lifted the trophy at the Stade de France it was time for the whole of Spain - not just Catalonia - to celebrate. Barça's glory, coupled with Sevilla FC's win against Middlesbrough FC in the UEFA Cup, gave the country a clean sweep of Europe's two biggest trophies.

Las Ramblas party
However, it was in Barcelona's Las Ramblas district where the revelry was loudest as 125,000 supporters took to the streets to toast their first UEFA Champions League victory and only their second European Champion Clubs' Cup following the maiden success of 1991/92.

Brave exiles
And while the crowds in the Catalan capital waved flags and sang together, 200 brave fans held their European Cup party on the streets of Madrid, congregating at the Cibeles fountain where arch-rivals Real Madrid CF traditionally laud their heroes.

'Sí, sí, sí!'
Belletti, substitute Henrik Larsson and midfield engine Andrés Iniesta received special mentions as Blaugrana lovers sang the players' praises, but the most popular chant of the evening was "Sí, sí, sí, la copa ja està aquí!" (Yes, yes, yes - the cup is here at last.)

'Dream Team II'
Meanwhile in Paris, the champions - hailed by Marca as "Dream Team II" in honour of Johan Cruyff's European Cup winners - retreated to their Bois de Boulogne base for a private celebration in anticipation of being reunited with supporters at a homecoming parade tonight.

Homecoming kings
This morning's edition of Mundo Deportivo led with the jubilant headline "Oui are the champions", calling Barcelona "The Kings of the World". Having been crowned in the French capital, it is time for football's new royal family to meet their adoring subjects back home.

Last updated: 18/05/06 19.58CET

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