Originally Posted by O Glorioso
Came accross this interesting article from Yahoo! Sports, it speaks of how Spain's national crisis is effecting the football atmosphere. I'm quite aware of the different regions of Spain considering that several centuries ago Portugal was once apart of the grand Iberia. It's just amazing how these regions have maintained their sense of individuality to all other neighboring ones for such a long time. Nations such as France, Germany, England, and Italy all went through the process of uniting the land and all pretty much are successful. However, Spain doesn't seem like it achieved this judging from this article. I've also put certain pieces in bold that I found quite interesting.
It's hard to extend the political situation to the football NT, because this NT is affected by other factors, which are no related with the political situation.
About the nationalisms (not the NT). In the past, Spain dealt very bad with the different national identities that exist in the country. All these are the consequences of things that have happened in the last 300 years and the past repression on several zones of Spain.
There's still a debate about it. The right wing defends a (false) unity of Spain. While the left wing and the soft nationalism defends the "nation of nations" concept. Personally, I'm closer to this 2nd idea. For me, the best way to be "united" is to remark the differences we have, because Spain is very different from one place to the other. 4 different languages, different cultures and traditions... nationalities. I think that, in general, the population see this clearly. It's the right wing, which doesn't have a democratic background as in the rest of Europe, but fascist roots (from Franco's dictatorship), are the ones who heat the atmosphere about this topic.
I'm sorry for the right wing, but Catalunya, Euskadi and Galicia (even Andalucia at some point) are not just a "region". While they don't understand this, they'll never know what Spain is.... and still they want to appear as the saviours of the ONLY nation.
While they keep attacking the nature of the country, they'll keep choking. They lost the last elections, because the left crushed them in these "hot" zones, which had never been attacked so much since Franco's times. And for me, perfect. These neo-"fachas" can burn in hell.