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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Sara Carbonero

Sara Carbonero

Famous People 1
Manu Chao

Manu Chao

Rock Bands 2
Sergio Ballesteros

Sergio Ballesteros

Football Players 3
Manolo García

Manolo García

Rock Bands 4
Córdoba

Córdoba

Cities 5
Bacalao

Bacalao

Food 6
Jesús Navas

Jesús Navas

Football Players 7
Raúl González

Raúl González

Football Players 8
Sara Carbonero

Sara Carbonero

To some she is merely the trophy girlfriend of footballer Iker Casillas. But when the British press accused her of distracting goalkeeper Casillas in the 2010 World Cup, ...

Manu Chao

Manu Chao

Chao was born of Galician parents but grew up in Paris, where he formed anarcho-rock outfit Mano Negra.  A multi-lingual rabble who toured Europe and Latin America to ...

Sergio Ballesteros

Sergio Ballesteros

Not many teams beat Real Madrid these days and not many defenders outsprint Cristiano Ronaldo. But Levante and their club captain Ballesteros have managed both this season. Weighing ...

Manolo García

Manolo García

His band, El Último de la Fila, were easy to snigger at, perhaps because they looked so un-rock ‘n’ roll, but you can’t argue with their commercial and ...

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 ...

Bacalao

Bacalao

Cod preserved in thick layers of salt, providing a unique flavour and texture. Traditionally done as a way to store fish - though much of it now comes ...

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. ...

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 ...