VIDEO: Real Madrid celebrates 12th European title back in Spain

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MADRID (AP) Real Madrid is celebrating its 12th European Cup with its fans back in the Spanish capital.

The team is being feted by Madrid’s regional government and town hall, before heading to meet thousands of fans gathered at a large square in the city center. The team will then return to its Santiago Bernabeu stadium for more festivities that should last well into the night.

Madrid beat Juventus 4-1 on Saturday in the final in Cardiff, Wales, becoming the first team to win back-to-back titles in the Champions League era.

Two weeks ago Madrid celebrated its first Spanish league title in five years.

With its third European title in four seasons, coach Zinedine Zidane has re-established Madrid as the premier team on the continent.