Friday, May 27, 2005

Kop Rules!

The victorious Liverpool football team touched down on home soil yesterday after their dramatic European Cup victory. As seen above, pubs in Gibraltar shared in the excitement!

The team arrived at Liverpool John Lennon Airport to be greeted by dignitaries including the Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Alan Dean.

The players were cheered wildly by airport ground staff, who had gathered to meet the team after their dramatic penalty shoot-out win over AC Milan in Istanbul Thursday night.

Yesterday Prime Minister Tony Blair sent a message to Liverpool’s Spanish manager Rafa Benitez congratulating the team on their extraordinary success.

“Unbelievable. Incredible. Brilliant. The whole country is proud of you,” said Mr Blair. Leader of the Opposition Michael Howard, a life long Liverpool supporter, also praised his team’s comeback and said the outcome was a dream come true.

Meanwhile local Liverpool fans were celebrating until the early hours yesterday following their historic fifth European Cup Final win against AC Milan achieved in dramatic fashion after levelling a three nil first half deficit and clinching victory in a tense penalty shoot-out.

Around Gibraltar, in pubs and homes, fans huddled around television sets to watch the nail-biting encounter and exploded in jubilation at Liverpool’s extraordinary feat.

After the match dozens of motorbikes and cars crammed with ecstatic supporters gathered in the Waterport area (fuente del capullo), blowing their horns and driving around the fountain to celebrate their amazing win. Congratulations to Anfield fans.

Related Links:

BBC NEWS | UK | Euro champions return celebrated

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