Thousands of chanting, dancing and singing Corinthians fans have taken over a large square in Sao Paulo in an open-air party to honor the return of the team from its Club World Cup triumph in Japan.
The team, one of Brazil's most popular, arrived back home early Tuesday and was taken by bus to downtown Sao Paulo, where it was greeted by Mayor Gilberto Kassab.
The players then boarded a sound truck blaring the team's anthem, and were the showpiece of a victory parade on streets and avenues lined with fans wearing the team's black and white colors.
Defender Fabio Santos told the Globo TV network, ''To feel the emotions and excitement of all these fans is priceless.''
Corinthians beat Chelsea 1-0 in the final in Tokyo on Sunday.