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World Cup Updates - kyboyle's Spanish Love Affair!

Just because you're not born in a particular country doesn't mean you can't root for them in the biggest stage of all: the World Cup! kvboyle has been actively watching and cheering from the sidelines as she professes her love Spain's La Roja!

Flying the flag in Spain is often a complicated business – for starters, which flag represents you?

Aside from the red and gold of the national flag, you might feel a stirring of patriotic feeling when you see the colours of one of the 17 autonomous communities, maybe the green and white Arbonaida of Andalucia or Galicia’s turquoise and white Bandeira da Patria.

It’s no secret that not all of Spain always feels Spanish – go and watch La Liga Champions Barcelona and you won´t see many national flags being waved by the Culés. Many regions have a political or cultural beef against the central government. Some Basques and indeed, some Catalans, want complete independence, the Galicians are fighting hard to preserve their own linguistic heritage. And that’s before we even get started on the Republicans. I mean, it´s complicated….

But suddenly, joyously, it´s not complicated at all. The World Cup is here, Spain has La Roja, their national team of phenomenally talented, modest and just plain lovely boys and the nation is right behind him them. And that means that the streets, the bars, the shop windows, the playgrounds are full of the red and gold of the Spanish national flag.

This feeling of unity is brought about by the enormous pride people feel in a team which is not only (¡Ojala!) about to be crowned the best in the world, but which is almost certainly the nicest in the world. How could you fail to be proud of Andrés Iniesta? Didn’t you see him getting all tearful when he was talking to his grandma on tv? Didn’t you see his precision pass to Pedro which led to David Villa’s goal against Paraguay? I mean, I’m not even remotely Spanish and I love him like a brother.

When it comes right down to it, La Roja have stolen the hearts of the nation, even us guiris. As it says on the front page of today’s Marca, ¡¡¡Todos a una con La Roja!!!

written by kvboyle

15 comments

  1. mochilis

    mochilis

    I love your portrait of Spain in pictures and words. I can see Sevilla touched your heart ;)

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  2. jaalvarez

    jaalvarez

    Wonderfullll article.
    You are right: there is very difficult to see spanish flags in our country: ONLY the sports are capapable to do that. If you live in Spain and put a flag in your -shirt, home or car, surely you will have problems: you can be pionted like a "facha" (fascist).
    The democracy reach our country again since 1975 ... today, the people continues with the asociation Spanish flag = Franco´s Flag ...
    When football selection, Nadal, Motorbike riders, cyclists, Fernando Alonso, .. a lot of great people are in competition, our flag can be there, but you can be sure that our heart beats with it !!!
    This article is very complicated and you do it !!!
    Congrats !!!
    From a spanish (a galician one) ...

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  3. panelomo

    panelomo

    viva espanya! :)

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  4. susielomovitz

    susielomovitz

    Nice! VIVA ESPAÑA! from Madrid :D.

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  5. jeaa

    jeaa

    yey great. :)
    finals this weekend!!! weeee!

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  6. cruzron

    cruzron

    hope you all enjoy the game later! its gonna be a good one! :D

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  7. spoeker

    spoeker

    Great one - so far I had my camera with me to every game to catch some worldcup emotions :)
    Still waiting for the roles...

    wow I didnt notice, that "Flying the flag is a complicated business" for spain too....
    as you all know our german history doesnt really let us enjoy the love for our country...
    Anyway I'm looking forward to a great game tonight :D

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  8. disdis

    disdis

    I'm Sorry Germany! Tonight it's our night!

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  9. disdis

    disdis

    we are the player n. 12

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  10. wil6ka

    wil6ka

    I am so sorry....

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  11. middernachtlopper

    middernachtlopper

    You did here an awesome job, in such a difficult topic!

    Congrats from Castilla y León! :)

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  12. mochilis

    mochilis

    Even octopus Paul is with La Roja!!!

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  13. miramira

    miramira

    well done on capturing the nuances of the Spanish relationship with their flag! I had no idea...
    For South Africans this World Cup has created a surge in patriotism and joy in our country. Every second car has a flag and people wave it at matches and fan parks. It truly is inspiring!
    Anyway tonight will be an awesome match!!

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  14. alehopgm

    alehopgm

    Today always people with the red team!

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  15. beni

    beni

    WAo que aluvión de comentarios, has triunfao con el artículo, colega ;D
    EH-PA-ÑA EH-PA-ÑA

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