Brazil gives team hero's welcome

Updated: 25 February 2007 08:27 IST

Thousands of cheering, flag-waving Brazilians packed the streets of Brasilia to welcome the national football team, which returned from Japan.

Brazil gives team hero's welcome
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Brasilia:

Tens of thousands of cheering, flag-waving Brazilians packed the streets of the capital today to welcome the national football team, which returned as national heroes after winning the country's fifth World Cup. Escorted by four air force jets, the Boeing 767 carrying the team appeared in the clear blue skies of Brasilia and circled the city for 15 minutes, as if to salute the large crowds below. As the plane landed, a loud cheer erupted from the crowd. Team captain Cafu and coach Luis Felipe Scolari leaned out from the two sides of the cockpit, waving Brazilian flags. Holding up the World Cup trophy, Cafu was the first to emerge from the plane, followed by Ricardo Teixeira, president of the Brazilian Soccer Confederation, and the rest of the team. As they descended the red-carpeted staircase, fireworks exploded and an air force band began playing a catchy samba rhythm. "I am very happy and I am sure all of Brazil is very happy," Ronaldo, the World Cup's top scorer, told a TV reporter who rushed up to him on the runway. (AP)

Topics : Football
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