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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King Juan Carlos

King Juan Carlos

Famous People 1
The Sunday Drivers

The Sunday Drivers

Rock Bands 2
Rafa Nadal

Rafa Nadal

Sports Stars 3
Alberto Contador

Alberto Contador

Sports Stars 4
Barcelona

Barcelona

Cities 5
Joan Manuel Serrat

Joan Manuel Serrat

Rock Bands 6
Raúl González

Raúl González

Football Players 7
Vigo

Vigo

Cities 8
King Juan Carlos

King Juan Carlos

The boyish grin, the Bourbon nose, the endless joshing: even if he wasn’t the king of Spain, you could spot Juan Carlos a mile off. But despite the ...

The Sunday Drivers

The Sunday Drivers

Singing in English is a brave gambit when it’s not your native language, but Toledo’s folk rockers “los Sunday” pulled off the feat impressively. With a low-key stage ...

Rafa Nadal

Rafa Nadal

Spain’s best tennis player ever. The greatest clay court player the world has seen. The man who dethroned Roger Federer at his peak. All true, but equally so ...

Alberto Contador

Alberto Contador

Those seeking a role model might baulk at the three-time Tour de France winner being included on a list of sports stars. There was his unseemly via-the-media spat ...

Barcelona

Barcelona

An obvious choice for obvious reasons: the Sagrada Familia temple, the Gaudí park, Montjuïc, the finest football team on earth, more Gaudí, and a beautiful, freakish coastal skyline. ...

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 ...

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 ...

Vigo

Vigo

Many will raise an eyebrow at the sight of this Galician industrial town being included and will argue that its more fêted rivals/neighbours Santiago de Compostela and A ...