La Furia Roja

El balón, en el fondo de la red

I know some of you aren’t very fond of watching soccer. I have to admit I really like it, I’ve been one of those loosing their voices in the bars while cheering for their team. I wouldn’t pay 3,000 euros out of the blue to travel to South Africa like I hear some people are doing, but I took the afternoon off to watch the Germany vs Spain match, and I won’t miss the final on Sunday.

This is the first time Spain has made it to a World Cup final and, as expected, this has generated large media coverage with predictable overreactions from both the pro- and anti- soccer folks with whom it’s easy to disagree. I don’t think this is the most important moment in Spanish history, and I don’t think either this will prevent our generation from getting Nobel prices. Germany who we played against have won both several World Cup titles and some more Nobel prices.

It’s just a simple fact these competitions have a great impact in a country. It’s not the first time we have observed this and won’t be last one. Clearly it won’t be enough to fix the country and its mentality, but I believe the image above has changed Spain in a way few things have before. This accomplishment has squelched some of those empty excuses we had heard before about our defeats and I believe you will notice this change in the years to come.

Update: Interesting article related to this topic by Pere Estupinya (Spanish): “Si las elecciones en España fueran dentro en una semana, Zapatero tendría más posibilidades de ser reelegido“.

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A por ellos (oe)

Here we go:

  • The group A winner is going to be Portugal, followed by Switzerland (the organizer always performs well).
  • The group B winner is going to be Germany, followed by Poland (“Football is a simple game; 22 men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans always win“).
  • The group C winner is going to be Italy, followed by France (I want Italy in the next phase to beat them there).
  • The group D winner is going to be Spain, followed by Russia (Austria, Switzerland and Russia have pretty similar weather conditions, right?).
  • Fernando Torres is gonna be the top scorer (this is the easy one).
  • Spain is gonna win the Eurocup (I’m an atheist with faith).
  • 171 goals, 121 yellow cards, and 9 red cards (más o menos).

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