SPAIN: AT BREAKING POINT? A political and economic analysis for 2013 IBERIANS OF THE YEAR: The most influential people and groups of 2012

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José Tomás

José Tomás

Famous People 1
Raúl González

Raúl González

Football Players 2
Jesús Navas

Jesús Navas

Football Players 3
Snails

Snails

Food 4
Xabi Alonso

Xabi Alonso

Football Players 5
Patxi López

Patxi López

Famous People 6
Córdoba

Córdoba

Cities 7
Joan Manuel Serrat

Joan Manuel Serrat

Rock Bands 8
José Tomás

José Tomás

Bullfighting may be suffering an unstoppable crisis, with attendance down and a ban coming into effect in Catalonia, but Tomás is its great hope. With a hair-raising disregard ...

Raúl González

Raúl González

Slower than a snoozing turtle. Too bossy by half. A training ground grump. Yes, yes, all of that may be true, but love him or hate him, Raúl ...

Jesús Navas

Jesús Navas

Not so long ago, Navas was known as much for the panic attacks he suffered on being away from his family as his sprite-like runs down Sevilla’s wing. ...

Snails

Snails

Certainly chowing down on the little brown gastropods is not to everybody's liking, though across Spain they can easily be found on restaurant and café menus and there ...

Xabi Alonso

Xabi Alonso

The coolest man in La Liga. Alonso was one of the first Spanish players to make an impact in England’s premiership, wowing Liverpool supporters for five seasons before ...

Patxi López

Patxi López

The Basque Country’s Socialist premier isn’t the most attention-grabbing politician in Spain. But he could make a case for being the most effective in difficult circumstances. When he ...

Córdoba

Córdoba

Andalusia has a handful of candidates for this list, not least Granada and Seville. But the former capital of the Islamic caliphate comes out on top for several ...

Joan Manuel Serrat

Joan Manuel Serrat

A controversial choice, given that the Barcelona-born Serrat is more of a folk singer than a rocker; a Catalan Leonard Cohen, perhaps. But when it comes to Spanish ...