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!!!