July 11, 2016

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Tens of thousands of people have greeted Portugal on arrival in Lisbon a day after the team won the European Championship for its first major trophy with a 1-0 triumph over France in extra time in Paris.

Dozens of airport staff gathered on the tarmac to cheer on the players as they arrived from France just after midday Monday. Captain Cristiano Ronaldo and coach Fernando Santos held the cup up to great cheers on stepping out of the plane.

Thousands of people packed the streets around the airport to greet the team, which traveled in an open-topped, double-decker bus to the Belem presidential palace to meet Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa. They were later to begin a parade through the city. 

Here are scenes from Portugal's triumphant welcome home (including some off-key singing by Ronaldo and beat-boxing by Nani and Renato Sanches):

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By virtue of winning the European Championship, Portugal is entered into the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup.

It joins host nation Russia, defending World Cup champion Germany, Copa America winner Chile, CONCACAF Cup winner Mexico, Asian Cup winner Australia and Oceania champion New Zealand as teams in the field next summer. Only the African representative has yet to be decided.

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