SHOWS: MADRID, SPAIN (SEPTEMBER 16, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1.
WIDE OF TEAM ARRIVING ON OPEN TOP BUS AS PEOPLE CELEBRATE IN THE STREETS 2.
OPEN TOP BUS CARRYING SPANISH BASKETBALL TEAM DRIVING ALONG 3.
SPANISH BASKETBALL TEAM CAPTAIN, RUDY FERNANDEZ, ON STAGE HOLDING WORLD CUP AND RAISING IT AS HIS TEAM MATES CHEER 4.
TEAM CELEBRATING WITH TROPHY 5.
TEAM ON STAGE AND FLARES GOING OFF 6.
(SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) SPANISH BASKETBALL PLAYER, MARC GASOL, SAYING: "Above all these people have dedicated two very important months of their lives to represent all of you.
They have committed themselves to their fullest.
We have tried our best and in the end we have come home with gold, so enjoy it very much." 7.
PLAYERS ON STAGE CHANTING IN SPANISH "WORLD CHAMPIONS" 8.
(SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) SPANISH BASKETBALL PLAYER, RICKY RUBIO, SAYING: "I hope this beautiful story we have written helps all of you continue to move forward, I hope we have inspired you a lot because my team mates have inspired me a great deal." 9.
TEAM CELEBRATING ON STAGE WITH TROPHY AS FLARES GO OFF STORY: Basketball world champions Spain celebrated their title in central Madrid on Monday (September 16) with thousands of fans after defeating Argentina 95-75 on Sunday (September 15).
The Spaniards completed a stunning campaign for a squad considered by many to be outsiders when the 32-team tournament began, taking the FIBA Basketball World Cup for the first time since 2006.
The Spaniards scored first and never relinquished the lead, relying on swarming interior defence and superior rebounding to snuff out the offensive threat of the 2004 Olympic champions.