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  • Constantino Papadopulos

    It’s an absolute shame that Sid Lowe, in his Dispatches from Spain, forgot to mention just how the Spanish were able to overcome the outstanding performance by the Chilean national team recently. As is often the case with FIFA favorites, a twelfth person was summoned to help the cause – the referee. After a fantastic first half by the Chileans, which saw them up by two goals to nil over the world champions, it was determined somewhere in the upper ranks that Spain could not lose yet again, after a series of poor post World Cup performances. So, after a valid first goal by the Spaniards, an offside second goal and a non-existing penalty third goal guaranteed the world champions a victory. And as if this pathetic manner to victory was not insult enough to the deserving Chilean team, the Spanish sought to enforce their perceived supremacy if not by football, then by force, starting a quarrel with their frustrated opponents.

    It really is a shame that Mr. Lowe completely missed the opportunity to call the game what it really was, a farce, and focus instead on some imaginary coming together or esprit de corps that the Spanish team seemed to achieve on this day. Forgive me, but anyone who knows anything about Spain, its culture, history, and current social dynamics, knows that these two regions of Spain, Catalonia and Madrid, will never truly be one.