The most famous fiesta of the lot became the greatest fiesta of all. Every year on July 7, a firework launched into the sky in Pamplona sparks the biggest party of the year, made so famous by
It wasn't the most typically Spanish of Spanish goals. This, after all, is a national team that prides itself on its neat, tiki-taka style, killing its opponents softly, picking them apart bit by bit. Instead, it was a throwback to the days when Spain were known as the Furia Roja -- The Red Fury, a nickname they picked up after a robust appearance at the 1920 Antwerp Olympics. It was all power, an unstoppable force, hair flying everywhere, a head like Medusa's, or like
The dogmatic obsession with tiki-taka, from both sides, has always been a bit of a myth and even if the goal wasn't typically Spanish, the performance was. Besides, if the path they chose does matter Thursday morning -- and it really does; there is a satisfaction about the way Spain play not just the results it has achieved,
Let's say that again, because as fans spilled onto streets all over the country Wednesday night, beeping horns, singing and doing bullfighting passes with Spain flags, there was still a sense of disbelief. They all saw it.
Well, almost all of them did. The game boasted the highest television viewing figures ever, with an 88 percent audience share, something that really only prompts one question: what the bloody hell were the other 12 percent up too?! But still, while it unfolded before their eyes, while they listened to their commentators screech and cry, while they nurse hangovers this morning, there is still an almost unreal feeling to it all. A need to confirm it really happened.
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Spain is in the World Cup final. For the first time ever. Hell, it hadn't even got beyond a semifinal before. Better still, few doubt that Spain will beat Holland on Sunday. Spain has, screeches the cover of
It's a message related everywhere with a mix of disbelief and unrestrained joy -- a joy that prompts Roncero to send a love letter to
Every newspaper is, inevitably, splashed with Spain this morning.
Even those two bastions of the right-left divide
It is the Promised Land. "From Puyol, straight to heaven", declares
"To infinity, and beyond!" "This goal dropped from heaven," according to