- Associated Press - Thursday, May 3, 2012

MADRID (AP) - The rain held off as Real Madrid celebrated a record 32nd Spanish league title at its traditional Plaza Cibeles gathering spot on Thursday.

The sun came out after a cloudy day of intermittent showers, with Madrid’s players and coaching staff descending on downtown Madrid a day after beating Athletic Bilbao 3-0 to clinch its first league title since 2008.

Thousands of fans cheered coach Jose Mourinho and the team as they jumped around waving Madrid flags, with Queen’s “We Are the Champions” played over loudspeakers. Captain Iker Casillas wrapped a Madrid flag and scarf around the statue of the Roman goddess.

There was no trophy to run over like last season when Madrid’s bus rolled over its Copa del Rey.

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