Spain finished off the UEFA 2012 European Football Championship in typical dominating fashion on Sunday, beating Italy 4-0 to win its third consecutive major international tournament.
Among the many subplots of the dramatic international contest was a tale of two Viacom cities: the company’s Spanish HQ in Madrid and its World Design Studio in Milan.
Ok, so maybe it’s a sub-subplot, but we checked in with our teams in both Spain and Italy for a peek at the excitement. Our Madrid team sent us the pic above from Plaza Colón, the main square right next to Viacom’s offices. Fans watched on screens that stretched the length of el Paseo de la Castellana from the Plaza to Bernabeu Stadium. The few businesses that were open on Sunday dedicated their storefronts to team merchandise.
Our Milan team sent along the photos below from Piazza Duomo, Milan’s biggest town square that sits just a few blocks from the World Design Studio. We’re told that employees there have become quite accustomed to the blare of vuvuzelas and igniting flares over the past few weeks.
Alicia Hosking of the Italy press team described the scene from Sunday’s match. “It was a sea of blue shirts, Italian flags, wigs, face paint and, typically, thousands of arms flailing in the air whenever the ref made a questionable decision,” she said.