Streets turn scarlet and blue as Barca clinch title
16 March 2005, BARCELONA — Up to 10,000 jubilant Barcelona fans took to the streets of the Catalan capital after the team secured their first league title for six years.
16 March 2005
BARCELONA — Up to 10,000 jubilant Barcelona fans took to the streets of the Catalan capital after the team secured their first league title for six years.
As the final whistle sounded on Saturday night, and Barca secured the draw against Levante of Valencia to secure La Liga, the fireworks started to go off – and didn't stop for another 24 hours.
The success made even sweeter by the fact that it also consigned their bitter rivals Real Madrid to a second consecutive season without a trophy.
Fans carrying firecrackers, flares and red-and-yellow Catalan flags, congregated at the Plaza de Canaletas in the centre of Barcelona to celebrate.
Earlier, their closest rivals Real Madrid had drawn 2-2 with Seville and could no longer catch the Catalans.
The celebrations moved up a gear, when the team took to the streets of Barcelona in the customary open-top bus for a tour through the city on Sunday.
La Rambla, Barcelona's principal thoroughfare was full to bursting point, with some 'ultras' or hardcore fans taking the celebrations too far and smashing up chairs or stalls.
"What the Barcelona players have done this season has been absolutely magnificent," the club's president Joan Laporta said.
"They have played some brilliant football and have won people over with the way they have approached the game and for me as club president that is a massive source of pride."
Rijkaard, meanwhile, praised the club's supporters, 11,000 of whom had travelled to Valencia.
"My first thought is for the fans who have given us such fantastic support throughout the year," he said.
The Brazilian World Cup winner Ronaldinho has been exceptional throughout the season while Samuel Eto'o scored 24 goals, including the equaliser against Levante which clinched the title.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news