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UPDATED: 08:58, June 28, 2006
Spain prime minister calls soccer team to offer support
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Spain's Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, called the national soccer team's manager, Luis Aragones, on Tuesday to express the government's "affection and support" for the team, ahead of Tuesday's match with France, the country soccer federation said.

The Spanish Football Federation (FEF) told press that Zapatero would give the team all his support whatever the result of the match: a knockout for a quarter finals place, in the Germany World Cup.

The prime minister will watch the match at his official residence, the Mocloa Palace, alongside his family.

Also on Tuesday, hundreds of municipal authorities across the nation installed giant screens in public places to show the match, which is taking place in the German city of Hannover. Autonomous Communities and local mayors said they had reached a deal with Channels Six and Four to broadcast the game.

Madrid has set up four screens, in Colon, Puerta del Sol, Leganes and Coslada. The largest, in Puerta del Sol is 10.4 meters wide by 6.8 high. Leganes, a famous bullfight arena, will open its doors to the public two hours before the game, offering free television to up to 8,000 people.

Channel Six said it will also make its signal available to the pubic in Zaragozas Plaza del Pilar, Valencia's Americas Cup Park and Santander's Ayuntanmento Place.

While the local authorities of Cuenca, Cacares, Las Palmas and Santa Cruz have already set up screens, many more have said they will only do so if Spain reaches the quarter-finals.

Source: Xinhua

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