Team meet Spain’s prime minister in Madrid after winning Eurobasket 2015
Spain’s victorious basketball team celebrate European title
SHOWS: MADRID, SPAIN (SEPTEMBER 21, 2015) (REUTERS – ACCESS ALL)
1. SPANISH NATIONAL BASKETBALL TEAM WITH SPANISH PRIME MINISTER MARIANO RAJOY POSING POSING FOR PHOTOGRAPHS AT MONCLOA PALACE
2. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) SPANISH NATIONAL BASKETBALL TEAM CAPTAIN FELIPE REYES SAYING:
“It has been a lot of hard work to win it. But thanks to the quality of the players who are here, not only in but also outside the court. Their personality makes our life a lot easier and that has allowed us to make this possible.”
3. PAU GASOL GIVES PRIME MINISTER MARIANO RAJOY A GOLD BASKETBALL
4. CAPTAIN FELIPE REYES RAISES EUROBASKET 2015 TROPHY
5. CONFETTI FIRED INTO THE SKY / TEAM ON STAGE
STORY: Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Monday (September 21) welcomed his country’s basketball national team after they won their third European championship.
Spain gained the trophy in style after a blistering performance by the talismanic Pau Gasol inspired them to an 80-63 win over Lithuania in Sunday’s (September 20) final in Lille, France.
The Chicago Bulls centre poured 25 points and racked up 12 rebounds to help the 2009 and 2011 winners to their victory.
The team’s captain Felipe Reyes said the trophy came from a real team effort.
“It has been a lot of hard work to win it. But thanks to the quality of the players who are here, not only in but also outside the court. Their personality makes our life a lot easier and that has allowed us to make this possible,” he said.
The United States beat Spain in the 2008 and 2012 Olympic finals but the European giants will hope to be at full strength for the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro and have another tilt at the only major trophy missing from their cabinet.
The team took to the streets of Madrid in a bus to greet their fans in Madrid’s central Plaza Callao.
Finalists Spain and Lithuania secure automatic berths in next year’s Rio Olympic Games but France, Serbia, Italy, Greece and the Czech Republic must enter three intercontinental qualifying tournaments for the other three spots.